So Many Rocks!

Sandy beaches are for relaxing on a hot July day, and Maine has them if that’s your thing.

But, if you’re a seascape photographer a nice sandy beach can seem rather boring.

Ok, I lied, sandy beaches aren’t “rather boring,” as far as I’m concerned smooth sandy beaches are the equivalent of a clear blue sky,

B. O. R. I. N. G!

Luckily, in-between those boring stretches of smooth sandy beaches the coast of Maine has no shortage of rocks.

Glorious rocks!

Ok, now back to Fort Foster.

The problem with the rocks here is that all the really good ones are either all or mostly submerged at high tide. For example, when it’s high tide the only thing you can see of the rocks in the above image is the light colored tips of the tallest rocks.

This next fine example of geological beauty isn’t visible at high tide at all.

This rock is the size of a large automobile, yet when the tide is high you’d never know it was there. Surprising since it rests only about 20′-30′ from the high tide mark up on the shore.

When is the best time to visit Fort Foster?

Low tide! (weren’t you paying attention?)

Ideally you’ll want to visit on on incoming tide, as this will maximize any wave action you’ll get crashing upon the rocks. The other reason to time your visit during low tide is that is the BEST time to photograph The Pier.

Let’s review.

(In case you still weren’t paying attention)

You’ll want to plan your visit to Fort Foster for either sunrise…

or sunset…,

(I did mention that Fort Foster is a great sunrise and sunset location, right?)

How about that, if you catch the tides right you can book-end the day with images of the same rock. First in the morning, then again later as the sun sets.*

*In the interest of transparency, the above and below images were not captured on the same day. With the right planning though they certainly cold have been.

and at or near low tide, with a rising tide being ideal.

You know, for the waves.

Granted there aren’t always good waves crashing on the rocks to photograph, but when there are they’ll be at their best on the incoming tide.

Up next in Part: 3, the lighthouse and the historic remains of the fort.

One thought on “Fort Foster ~ Part 2: The Rocks (and maybe a lighthouse).

  1. am clearing out some of the emails I’ve kept and came across this one — several of these photos also support your post about not photographing lighthouses. I see the one you included in the current post, but others are lovely confirmation, as well.

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