January went out with a roar today at Quoddy Head State Park.
A coastal storm with winds and gusts above 50 miles per hour combined with a 1:43 PM high tide.
The resulting ocean surge produced sea swells in excess of 20 feet and a spectacular display of natures fury that lasted most of the day.
Having listened to the NOAA marine weather reports I arrived at 10:30 AM early enough to allow hiking to several photographic vantage points.
A preceding rain and unusually warm 40 degree temperatures made for mud season conditions.
Early on winds were quite severe on the Coastal Trail, hindered only by occasional clusters of trees. Blowing surf and unexpected wave surges onto the trail made staying dry a challenge.
I only saw about fifteen people on the trail throughout the day.
I opted to travel light with my camera shielded under a coat, freedom to move about quickly.
Wearing my glasses was useless till the stormy mist let up in early afternoon. Shooting was often hit and miss being unable to shield my lens adequately from blowing ocean surf.
Was an invigorating photo outing I thoroughly enjoyed though.
Breath taking beauty, plenty of exercise, maybe soaked in salt water spray, but my spirits have not dampened. I will be back again.
Till next installment, I hope you like the views from Quoddy Head State Park in Lubec, Maine.
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