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Monday, June 21, 2010


Late last week, I decided I was going to take Friday off and go for a motorcycle ride.  I hoped to choose a destination that would offer some photographic opportunities and also allow me to get in a decent amount of miles.  After researching points of interest and parks, I settled on a two-destination trip, Elk Neck State Park and Susquehanna State Park, both in Maryland.

I got on the road at ~9AM and took the direct route to Elk Neck, arriving ~11:30.  Here's a google map link.  The lighthouse is at the very end of that road.  The 'B' mark is where the visitors center is located.  As you can see, this peninsula juts out into the Chesapeake Bay.  

Once you arrive at Elk Neck, it's about a 1/2 miles 'hike' to the star attraction, a 31 foot (10 meters) lighthouse.  Here's a shot of the plaque that gives information about the lighthouse.  

Aberdeen Proving Grounds is just across the bay.  The Army tests munitions there.  As I was walking towards the lighthouse, they set one off and the sound was VERY impressive. 

I brought a sandwich, so I decided to eat before taking photos. Here's the view from the bench where I had my lunch.  No too shabby.  What you can't see is just beyond the bushes and trees, there's ~100 foot (30 meter) straight drop to the shore of the Chesapeake Bay. 

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f3.4-3.5 USM lens
10mm Focal Length
Exposure 1/320 sec @ f11
ISO 200
Curves adjusted

I took a lot of shots and I will be posting them as I get to them however, this is my favorite shot.  I believe the concrete pilars formed a fence that surrounded the stable, which is no longer there.  I like the perspective of this shot and, of course, the exaggerated proportions due to the 10mm focal length. 

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f3.4-3.5 USM lens
10mm Focal Length
Exposure 1/320 sec @ f11
ISO 200
Curves adjusted


Cezar and Léia said...

Dear Wayne, thanks so much for this amazing post.
I have a dream to visit someday a REAL Lighthouse!Your pictures are wonderful, I love the last one,stunning!
Léia :)

Earnest said...

I like the clarity you achieve... I must force myself to take off the macro lens... I must....

cieldequimper said...

Oh wow, that reminds me of an absolutely gorgeous day in Assateague/Chincoteague, MD in 2002. Same kind of landscape, though of course we were right on the ocean. Glad you had a good day, and thanks for showing us the photos!

Btw: Google is wrong! A car boot sale isn't a flea market!!! A flea market is "le marché aux puces" i.e. fleas market! Yes, plural. :-)
It's the same in England I believe. I think a car boot sale over the big pond would be a garage sale? Where all and sundry can sell what they don't want anymore? In French it's called "vide-grenier", i.e. "empty your attic"!

EG Wow said...

Looks like it was a great day for riding to the lighthouse!

Rebecca said...

I do like that last shot too. Did you see any bald eagles?

Clytie said...

What an awesome day for you. Looks like the weather cooperated for you as well!

I really like your fence shot. The angle is really cool.

James said...

I love lighthouses! Great shots Wayne!

Louis la Vache said...

«Louis» likes lighthouses!
Good one, Woody!