We moved back to Sag Harbor just over a month ago and my routine now is exactly as I imagined it would be....and better. For six years, I lived away from the water, in the landlocked metropolis of Atlanta. The trees there are spectacular, particularly in the Spring and Fall, but for a bi-coastal water lover who grew up in Boston, San Francisco, and New York, living near the water has always been more of a necessity than an option. I am remembering why.
|Main Beach, East Hampton|
I never imagined how luxurious this transition could feel. Every day, I load up my car with my son, 2 dogs and camera and head off to school, just 5 minutes away. From there, I decide which beach to visit with Sparky and Spencer, our retriever and shepherd mix dogs. Sometimes I opt for the nearest one because their whining is making me crazy. But sometimes I just aim for the one I haven't visited in a long time, or the one I suspect will be most empty. Each one has a different feel, and a different character, created by the homes that line it and the people who walk on it. Sometimes these differences really shock me (more on this another day).
|Georgica Beach, East Hampton|
|Crashing waves in motion at Georgica|
|Translucent waves, long exposure, cresting at Eqypt Beach, East Hampton|
|A wave, interpreted in time. Georgica Beach.|
Some days I focus on the waves, the water, the motion. Some days I focus on the sparkle on the water or the translucency of the waves. Some days I see fishermen, or birds or shells. Some days are full of color and contrast and I consider whether to work with or against the light. Other days are completely monochromatic and hazy. I tend to focus more on the water than on the sky, and I bring different lenses from time to time just to have new options.
|Fire on the water at Main Beach|
|Homeless on Long Beach|
|Sunset interpreted, at Haven's beach|
I can't imagine what the next months will bring, but my intention is to spend at least one day at the beach every week for a year, and see where I end up. So far, I have not been disappointed.