A Stunning Chatham Beach Walk

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The morning after Tropical Storm Hermine I went looking for surf along the Atlantic side of Chatham’s Lighthouse Beach.  Expecting huge rolling surf, I was surprised to see smaller waves coming ashore…there were still larger “breakers” further out at sea making boating dangerous, but the images I had imagined were not going to happen today.  As I continued my walk I could see the storm front giving way to a sunny blue sky…I left the Atlantic side and walked inland across the narrow beach to much calmer and protected waters.  The marshland I came upon was glowing in the morning light and my camera clicked away.

I knew there was a man-made beach shack not far away and I wanted to see how it weathered the storm. To get there I had to cross a “sea” of beach-grass that looked endless. Soon I arrived at the South Beach Shack.  This creation is constantly evolving with debris that has floated in and been carried in from numerous destinations.  The main structure of boards and driftwood was intact–“Old Glory” was flapping away–the extra decorations (buoys, plastic containers of various sizes, metal signs, wooden creations and humorous plaques) all withstood Nature’s blast.  I will update the shack images in the months to come to show the continuous evolution.  Enjoy!

By Spencer Kennard

As a child, spending summers in North Truro, I thought Cape Cod began at the Wellfleet Drive-In and ended at Provincetown. As a photographer, I now know that all the   Cape towns leading to the canal have their own unique beauty and charm.

Roughly 30 years ago, I had the good fortune to work with the legendary photographer Dick Kelsey and as owner of Kelsey-Kennard have specialized in aerial photography as well as landscape/scenic, portraits, weddings, and photographing events on the Cape, the Islands, and beyond.

Photographs from our Gallery in Chatham are displayed in homes and businesses locally and world-wide.

Besides photography I also enjoy boating/ fishing (fish are usually very safe when I’m out there,) gardening and tennis.  Cape Cod is a very special place and I look forward to sharing my images with you as I travel about.

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