Thacher Island

Creating this image set a new record for me in terms of getting up early for a photograph.  I recently had the opportunity to visit Thacher Island at sunrise, an opportunity which only happens once a year.   I left my house at 3am for a ferry (or technically a small floating bathtub) that was leaving at 4am.  A 20 minute boat ride in sheer darkness followed, and we then arrived on the island.  As a side note, it was a both comical and scary ride as one person drove the boat, while another shined a flashlight on the water to ensure we didn’t hit any lobster buoys.

Thacher Island is located off the coast of Rockport, MA, and is known for it’s two towering lighthouses – the only operating twin lighthouses in America.  The Town of Rockport owns the southern end of the Island, and the northern end is owned by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  While there, I discovered that it should also be known for it’s incredible seagull population.  So many in fact, that it was difficult to hear the beeps and clicks of my camera, even with my face pressed up against it.  The island’s other indigenous species, the mosquito, is equally present, yet thankfully disappear once the sun rises.

This image is of the north lighthouse tower.   This was my first visit to the island, and I was overwhelmed with all the possible images that could be made there, although finding some of them in the dark before the sun rose was a bit challenging.  I found this perspective just after the sun came up, and was able to get some of that warm light on the rocks and tower.  I wish the sky had cooperated by providing more clouds, but overall it was a great experience to explore and photograph this amazing place.  I hope to get back again soon.


  1. Margie
    Posted August 15, 2014 at 8:04 am | Permalink

    Superb photo Steven, and your description made me feel like I was there (sans mosquitoes)

  2. Posted August 15, 2014 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful…well worth the effort.

  3. Posted August 16, 2014 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    This is truly magical, Steven.
    Beautifully captured.

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