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August 2020 Frigid Light Newsletter

August 2020 Frigid Light Newsletter
By David Howland • Issue #1 • View online
This is the first newsletter I’ve been able to write in 2020. I actually wrote up a “2019 Year in Review” post back in January but never got around to sharing it. It’s published here. If you bought something from me on Etsy and signed up for my newsletter (thanks!) and have been wondering where the fun filled emails you were promised have been, wonder no more. They start today.

Lupines blooming in front of a brilliant rainbow and sunset at Fort Hill.
Lupines blooming in front of a brilliant rainbow and sunset at Fort Hill.
This year has been totally different than anyone would have predicted. Like many, I’ve been lucky enough to explore more of where I live instead of spending time traveling to other places.
Each June, a field of invasive lupines blooms at the Fort Hill area of the Cape Cod National Seashore. I’ve missed the blooms on the Cape due to travel the last two years (Utah in 2018, Mt Tremblant in 2019) and would usually at least travel to Sugar Hill, NH for their lupine festival. This year, though, with New Hampshire effectively closed, I stayed closer to home and drove out to Eastham one Friday night.
The forecast was for downpours clearing right at sunset so I figured I would either get soaked and not get any pictures or have a great sunset without any crowds. Either way, f/8 and be there, right?
It rained all the way down Route 6 to the Orleans rotary but as I put the car in park the rain stopped and the wind picked up. The clouds scooted out of the way just as the sun began to sink below the horizon and to top things off a giant rainbow stretched from the Nauset marsh all the way up into the sky. The gusting wind made freezing the lupines in place difficult and I was constantly trading off between shutter speed and exposure to try and capture the beautiful light and rainbow.
A rainbow glows at sunset behind a field of blooming Lupes at Fort Hill.
A rainbow glows at sunset behind a field of blooming Lupes at Fort Hill.
Just as the sun sank below the trees behind me the rain picked back up and chased me back to the car. I was thrilled, though - I’ve come to Fort Hill to photograph sunrise and sunset a variety of times and have never come away with a photograph that I really loved. On this particular trip, I actually am having trouble picking my favorites.
Sunset fades behind a field of blooming lupines at Fort Hill.
Sunset fades behind a field of blooming lupines at Fort Hill.
This trip was a great lesson in both the value of exploring closer to home and the even greater value in always getting out the door regardless of the forecast or the endless reasons why it might not be worth it. I’ve cancelled a ton of trips in my life but I’ve never regretted going when I actually managed to get myself packed up and on the way.
August 2020 Phone Wallpaper
My monthly phone wallpaper is below. Click on the thumbnail or this direct link to open the file in Dropbox and download to your device of choice.
Click the thumbnail to download this photo to your own device.
Click the thumbnail to download this photo to your own device.
That’s it for August! It’s been brutally hot and sunny here lately which is great for mountain biking, paddle boarding, and swimming but not great for photography. Hopefully the weather will start to cool and I’ll be able to get out more in August and the rest of the fall.
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David Howland

Each month I share new images, a phone wallpaper, and other content about Cape Cod, New England, and beyond.

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