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Harvest Moon Heaven: Nobska Beach Sunset & Moonrise – SLIDE SHOW

Perfect Nobska Night
Written by Brian Tarcy

WOODS HOLE – As pleasant evenings go, Friday night’s came straight out of a dictionary.

It was definition perfect on Nobska Beach, a trifecta of a night with agreeable weather, a sunset over the airplane house, and a full moonrise over Nobska Lighthouse.

I headed to Nobska Beach on this mid-September evening with hope that I would catch the moonrise and I could find an angle to shoot it over the lighthouse. The sunset over the airplane house, built in 1912 by a student of the Frank Lloyd Wright “Prairie Architecture” style, was an unexpected added bonus.

Of course, there was also interesting ferry traffic, sailboats to see, and a couple of paddle boarders enjoying the calm water and nature’s magnificent show.

And there were other photographers out as well, some clearly more skilled and knowledgable than I am. Heck, I saw tripods in use. What a concept.

When the harvest moon finally appeared just after sunset, I walked from the beach up to the lighthouse where I saw it first rise over Vineyard Sound. In the beginning, it was barely visible. But then as the night got darker and the moon rose higher, it became magnificent. If only my photography skills could match. I was not even smart enough to bring along a tripod. Obviously.

So while these photos are pretty clear, my memory produces an exact replica of the air, the sun, the moon… the atmosphere. Ah, summer. These are the moments to savor.

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About the author

Brian Tarcy

Brian Tarcy is co-founder of Cape Cod Wave. He is a longtime journalist who has written for the Boston Globe, Boston magazine, the Cape Cod Times and several other publications. He is the author of "YOU CAN'T SELL RIGHT FIELD; A Cape Cod Novel." He is also the author or co-author of more than a dozen mostly non-fiction books, including books with celebrity athletes Cam Neely, Tom Glavine and Joe Theisman. His previous book was, "ALMOST: 12 Electric Months Chasing A Silicon Valley Dream" with Hap Klopp,who created the iconic brand, The North Face.
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