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Sunrise At Wollaston Beach (Quincy, MA)

Date Of Visit: December 4, 2016

Location: Quincy Shore Drive, Quincy, MA

Hours: Accessible everyday, 24 hours a day

Cost: Free

Parking: Free parking is located at the beach and in nearby lots.

Handicapped Accessible: Yes

Dog Friendly: Yes, although dogs are not supposed to be on the beach from May to September 30, although they are allowed to walk on the sidewalk along the beach year round.

Highlights: Views of the Boston skyline, pretty, long beach, great place to view sunrises and sunsets.

December isn’t usually considered beach weather.  At least, it’s not in New England.  But, some of the best sunrises and sunsets can happen any time of the year.

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For this shoot, I chose to focus (no pun intended) on the clouds.  You never know what you’ll get at the beach, especially during sunrises and sunsets.  My neighborhood could be cloudless and clear.  But, when I arrive at the beach, a five minute drive from my place, it could be dark and cloudy.  Not only that but it could be bright and clear on one side of the beach, it could be quite the opposite on the other side (something I noticed during this visit).

While the clouds on this particular morning looked foreboding and the sun itself was not visible, the colors in the sky were incredible.  Often times, less is more.  Sure, the sun itself is virtually nonexistent in most of these shots but that seems to add more by letting in pink, orange and blues.   The clouds seem to be layered with rays of light poking out threw each layer.

It was a typical December day with temperatures in the 30’s.  But the wind made it feel at least 10 degrees colder.  The steel blue water rippled with the power of the wind.

The most obvious features of the beach have got to be the jetty and, of course, the Boston skyline.

Bandit, a Japanese Chin, enjoyed his morning stroll along the beach.


Wollaston Beach (Quincy, MA)

We in New England are no strangers to stormy weather.  But, the first stormy weather of the season always seems to catch us off guard.  After all, it was only the first weekend of October.  Much too early for stormy weather.  But, it is hurricane season, after all.  During this first storm of the season, I decided to go to my second stormy destination of the day.

By the time I arrived at Wollaston Beach, the storm had died down quite a bit.  But, it was still pretty windy and wavy.

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The water was rocky earlier in the day.  This boat, the Cenzina, was one of three boats that were washed ashore Saturday.

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Just like in life, a silver began to appear after the rocky weather.

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Unfortunately, the wet weather made it hard to keep the lens dry which made some photos come out blurry.  This was the best photo I could get of Maya.

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To get the full effect of just how bad the weather was (and this wasn’t even during the peak time of the bad conditions) watch the video below.  You may notice the light from the lighthouse in the distance at the tail end of the video.