Big discovery:  Labor Day’s only a week away.  Other signs: mums and ginger snaps at the Acme.  Time to get a few more summer snapshots on the table before fall arrives.  Here’s another sign of the end of the season:  The Purple Martins have left and their cousins, the swallows, are en route.  They rest here, review their flight schedules, and also head south.  Most of us at the shore also migrate and soon we’ll be heading west and north.

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Earlier in August the Purple Martins were still around.  Here’s one heading home.

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Yet another sign of that brick wall called season’s end is the annual Quill-McCarty round-the-island trophy race for the kids.  Against a stiff headwind they clawed their way up Liberty Thorofare yesterday on the last leg of the race.  Somebody won.

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We had a lot of excitement this summer about Super Moons, and I pursued them as well.  This one’s been tweeked a little to bring out more moon detail.

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The above image is just about maxed out as far as showing both the moon and an interesting foreground so then one starts to look for other possibilities.   In this one, we know there’s a powerful moon up there somewhere and we enjoy its effects from another perspective.

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Here’s yet another perspective of the moon’s effect on the beach.

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This summer I also experimented with using a slow shutter speed to photograph wave action around a jetty, hoping for a creamy effect.  I neglected to compensate enough for the longer exposure and the result was this “blown-out” scene.  We prefer, however, to give it a fancier description and thus be able to charge more for it.  Hence, what you’re seeing is a high-key image.  That’s artier.

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One of the summer’s great memories is the annual Twilight Sail party.  Here’s one of my favorites.  I was also pleased that it was selected as the background for another major event’s invitation.

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Finally, it’s been a great summer, and I salute it:  I hope it’ll come back again next year.

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35 Responses to “MORE SUMMER DAYS”

  1. Ken Curtis Says:

    Enjoyed the read, Ralph. Thanks for writing it and sending it to us.

  2. Jenn Says:

    I love those top 2 “super moon” pics. That was a beautiful evening sight. Glad you did capture some, and mess with them. Nice.

  3. Susan Chilkotowsky-Kain Says:

    I love your ability to tell a story – thanks Ralph for the images and words that bring them to life.

  4. Season Bonner Says:

    I can almost hear music when I read your funny yet soothing posts. Very pleasant . . . thank you Ralph.

  5. Laurrie Rumpp Says:

    Always love your gorgeous pics and wonderful posts! Laurrie

  6. Rosalind Williams Says:

    Gorgeous. We, too, hate to see it ending – but autumn gets prettier inland! Roz

  7. Del Cannon Says:

    Neat pictures. Have a glass of wine for me and another toast to a great season of photographs.

  8. Bonnie Says:

    Lovely images. You are making me really miss being at the shore, but I really enjoy seeing it through your eyes.

    • Ralph Berglund Says:

      How nice of you to put it that way, Bonnie, and I’m flattered.
      Looking forward to working with you for the next two years. Good luck with that.

      • Ralph Berglund Says:

        BTW, I really (big-time) liked your Super Moon over the fishing pier. I don’t know if you saw the comment I made about it but I noted that when I was a kid (what, twenty…thirty years ago) the foreground jetty was much higher above the beach, and I used to play (read foolishly run) on the jetty.

  9. Rich Lewis Says:

    Ralph, I love your photograph, and your writing and always look forward to and enjoy your blog posts. The last moon photograph is so surreal and moody. One of the best, and most creative moon shots I’ve seen.

  10. Bob Williams Says:

    Thanks for sharing this beautiful selection of pictures just as we prepare for Labor Day.

  11. Jo Ann Morris Says:

    This summer has fallen through my fingers like sand. Thank you for helping me to recapture some of the grains.

  12. MikeP Says:

    Love how you show us the weeds(mistakes) as well as the finely fed and trimmed Roses …. another summer just about gone but a whole year of the SJCC awaits 🙂
    Your sail invitation shot was well picked… congrats…. see ya in a bit!!!!

  13. Mary Lou Webber Says:

    we spent 3 weeks in Stone Harbor and enjoyed the super moon. Walked the beach that evening and were fascinated with our shadows. Also thanks for identifying the flocks of birds as purple martins. Hundreds of them rested on our telephone wires and we were not sure what they were. It was a extra marvelous summer. Mary Lou Webber

    • Ralph Berglund Says:

      Thanks, Mary Lou. The birds in the picture were all swallows as the Purple Martins had left earlier in the month. They’re cousins and they look alike but I don’t believe that the martins have white breasts.

  14. Linda Smith Says:

    As always . . . these made me smile.

    • Ralph Berglund Says:

      Great, Linda. Happy to hear that smiles are produced. Enjoyed seeing you and Carrol and your girls at the b’day party. I enjoyed chatting with April and getting an update on her.

  15. Linda Says:

    Truly beautiful series of photos. Thank you so much for sharing, and warm greetings from Montreal, Canada.

  16. denisebushphoto Says:

    Another great post with great images. I especially like the kid’s regatta … the vantage point and panorama crop work really well. Your night surf and moon images make a nice series … and I appreciate that you got out there to make them. And the glow of the candle behind your wine glass has a great warm feeling to it making it a nice way to end the post..

  17. Ralph Berglund Says:

    Thanks, De. It was another work of love for my favorite place/time. I wasn’t sure about the kids’ regatta but I knew that I liked it with their spread and with the sun brightening their sails. The candles behind the wine image was chosen very deliberately to symbolize the farewell to summer idea. BTW, it was a phone photo from early season, and I had to P/S away some lip gloss (not mine).

  18. Sally& Gordon Brummer Says:

    These are all “classics” Ralph. Can’t wait to see many of them on the walls at “The Home.”

    • Ralph Berglund Says:

      Thanks, Sally and Gordon. Yes, that could happen. Believe it or not, I’m starting to look forward to returning to the campus, and to seeing my campus friends again. Sorry that I won’t make the first Bridlington Brunch.

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