Cape Cod in Black and White

Cape Cod. The exposed spit of Massachusetts land is rocky, but with ample beaches to while away the time. In the summer it’s a vacationers paradise, but I was reminded of its New England rawness when I visited in April. It takes a hardy soul to live here year round, as locals know.

In the summer, a warm color palette of orange sun rays, blue skies, and puffy white clouds will fill your camera’s viewfinder. When I was there, a spring storm was moving through that week, and I found that the overcast light, combined with the area’s maritime history, went hand in hand with monochrome images. Even though the weather wasn’t ideal for getting a tan, the dynamic environment’s beauty was still apparent.

Here’s what I saw, Cape Cod in black and white:

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Nobska Lighthouse is in the southwest corner of the Cape in Falmouth. It’s about a 30 minute drive from Festiva’s Southcape Resort and Club.

 

Chatham Light Beach is a popular destination in the summer, and has miles of sand to explore. I saw seals out there in April.

Chatham Light Beach is a popular destination in the summer, and has miles of sand to explore. I saw seals out there in April.

 

A solitary tree trunk that's been exposed to the elements on Chatham Light Beach.

A solitary tree trunk that’s been exposed to the elements on Chatham Light Beach.

 

Today, the former keeper's house at Chatham Light is an active Coast Guard Station. They even have a sand volleyball court.

Today, the former keeper’s house at Chatham Light is an active Coast Guard Station. They even have a sand volleyball court.

 

The path to Rock Harbor, which gets exposed during low tide. Walk on out up to a mile and find sea critters and lots of cool swirling tide pools.

The path to Rock Harbor. The shallow beach gets exposed during low tide. Walk out on the flats up to a mile and find sea critters and lots of cool swirling tide pools.

 

Nauset Marsh, viewed from the Fort Hill Trail on the Cape Cod National Seashore.

Nauset Marsh, viewed from the Fort Hill Trail on the Cape Cod National Seashore.

 

The Fort Hill trail meanders down to the marsh, and is exposed at low tide. It's a very cool and unique hiking experience.

The Fort Hill trail meanders down to the marsh, and is exposed at low tide. It’s a very cool and unique hiking experience, and you might even wander up on a sea turtle. (I didn’t, but there were lots of nesting birds.)

 

The view toward the water in Provincetown, on the north end of the Cape.

The view toward the water in Provincetown, on the north end of the Cape.

 

Herring Cove Beach near Provincetown provides a great sunset view, looking west. There are dunes everywhere as you drive in.

Herring Cove Beach near Provincetown provides a great sunset view, looking west. There are dunes everywhere as you drive in.

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About the Author: Pat Barcas serves as staff writer and photographer for RTX Traveler Magazine, based in Asheville, NC. In his spare time he enjoys photography, astronomy, hiking, hanging out with his family and dog, and of course, traveling! His favorite RTX spots to visit are Orange Beach, Alabama, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, but he's visiting new places all the time. .

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