I grew up by the beach, and one fairly geographically close to Cape May, N.J., which is where I spent the last few days.
But Cape May's shoreline is very distinct and new to me. It was such a pleasure to uncover, especially in the warm October light. The ocean is everywhere down there; I couldn't stop seeing, listening, smelling it even if I wanted to.
Most spots were blissfully empty- the only crowds of the trip were found on the raptor observation platform near the lighthouse and on the 7:30 a.m. bird walk at Higbee Beach, both guided by knowledgeable volunteers from the Cape May Bird Observatory. And it was the good kind of crowd, one that sighed with a collective, unabashed delight when a bald eagle suddenly appeared cruising above us.
I realize the absence of avian photos is conspicuous, but I was too busy adjusting my binoculars and trying to will the circulation back into my fingers to pull the camera out- I saved it for walks on the beach and around town.