On January 5, I took a trip to N. Conway New Hampshire to take part in “Steam in the Snow” sponsored by the Mass Bay RR Enthusiasts. The day was bright and clear, but temps were frigid with a strong breeze. This is an annual event and there were over 300 participants. The trip went from N. Conway to Crawford’s Notch. There were five stops on the run and at each stop all the photographers got off the train. The train backed up the track and came back into the station or crossing at full speed to allow us to take images. I also signed up for a box lunch which was excellent. The entire event took over four hours It was a great experience; one that I plan to repeat. I made a lot of new friends and found out about more trips by the same group.
It has been a while since I posted anything on this site. I would like to expalin the absence. I had to get my MacBook fixed, which involved a new and bigger hard drive. My back-up drive failed and I had to reload all my information by hand. It took about two weeks and it still is not all here.
This morning I drove to Conimicut Point Park to see if I could get a decent sunrise shot. It was about 25 degrees and there was patchy ice on the roads. The wind was calmer, however it was still pretty strong. Here are the results of my efforts.
After a great tour through the Dunes to the Race Point Light, I decided to try the Sunset Dune Tour that was offered by Art’s. We arrived in plenty of time and found that we had a lot of company. There were seven GMC eight passenger Suburbans all loaded to experience the magic of the Dunes. I brought all my equipment, lenses and tripod and loaded it all in the rear of the truck. I carried my Nikon around my neck to shoot as we made our journey. Dennis was our driver, he was an old Dunes had and had actually lived for a while in one of the infamous shacks. Dennis explained the ecosystem of the Dunes which had been created after the Pilgrims had clear cut all the trees. The result of not having anything to hold the soil in place created the shifting sand dunes. The grasses were planted by the Town of Provincetown and the U.S Forest Service to help control the erosion that was taking place. The Forest Service manages the National Seashore that encompasses the Dunes. Access to these areas are strictly controlled and regulated. As you can see from the following images the trees and plants still exist.
They are lower to the ground to better cope with the winds and available water supplies.
There are fourteen shacks that are located in the Dunes. One is privately owned and the rest are under the control of the Forest Rangers. They have no running water, electricity or indoor toilets. Yet there is a waiting list to rent them. It is a strange group of nomads that exist in this sandy playground. Every time I travel to the Dunes I enjoy it more. Here are some shots I took. It was the night of the Blue Moon and the Sunset was spectacular. Seals were traveling by in groups of between and twenty and fifty pups. It was just an amazing experience.
I took the day off to experience the Annual Carnival Parade that caps the week long festivities in Provincetown. I was told it was unique and an experience. It was all of that.
It was hard to the marchers from the tourists and residents. Everyone had an unbelieveable time. I shot some great images just a few of which are here. I am already making plans for next year.
In our many trips to Provincetown, we have passed the headquarters of Art’s Dune Tours several times. I have always wanted to wander out on the Dunes to capture some of the stunning images that must exist there. Finally I made reservations to take the Race Point Lighthouse tour. My wife and I started out with a great lunch at the Surfside Restaurant right on the Beach. Then we took a walk down the pier to check out the various small shops and venders. I found my friendly seagull perched on top of the Whale Watch office guarding the harbor. The fishing fleet was mostly in port. The tiem had finally arrived and we boarded an eight passenger dune buggy to begin our journey. As we began our tour, the guide took us to various points in the town and explained the historical background. We passed the Tea Party and the Girls all waved.
We then set out onto the dunes and after a bumpy ride arrived at Race Point Light.
It was like being on the dessert. The guide from the light took us on a tour of the keeper’s home as well as the lighthouse itself. The light was originally lit with whale oil and in some of the photos you can see the small whale oil house set off from the main house. The light is now powered by solar panels. The keeper’s house also has solar power and hot water. The Whistle House which contained the foghorn is now powered by a wind turbine. The view from the top was spectacular. The Keeper’s House has rooms to rent by the week and the Whistle House is available to rent by the month. There is a long waiting list for both. We cannot wait for our next Dune Tour maybe the Sunset Tour. We had a great time and learned a lot of the history and culture of Provincetown.