I’m one of those folks who wilts in a hot, humid climate. Whenever I have a say in vacations to the shore I make it a point to go well out of season.

Figure 1. Closed-up parking shack. Galilee, R.I. Photo: author.

I love the boarded-up aesthetic. Though the summer climate is not to my taste, these places are undeniably full of life then, and to see it all dead and boarded up is to simultaneously enjoy the emptiness and hear mentally the echoes of the summer crowds. I felt their presence enough to take the photograph in figure 1 outside of George’s Seafood Restaurant in Galilee, Rhode Island, last May.

Figure 2. The Virginia Dare Trail as the summer crowds never see it. Nags Head, N.C. Photo: author.

We normally travel to Nags Head for Thanksgiving. The place is really, really quiet! And there is the possibility of weather, as was the case in figure 3, already published once in these pages, with my wife walking along a windswept beach in the tail end of a nor’easter.

Figure 3. Windswept Nags Head beach, Thanksgiving 2021. Nags Head, N.C. Photo: author.

Figure 1. Nikon Z 7ii with Nikkor Z 24-200 mm f/4-6.3 lens. 150 mm, f/8, ISO 64, 1/320 s.
Figure 2. Nikon D3400 with Nikkor 24-70 mm f/2.8 E lens. 50 mm, f/11, ISO 100, 1/30 s.
Figure 3. Nikon Z 7ii with Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8 E lens. 36 mm, f/8, ISO 64, 1/1250 s.

Published by gsb03632

A college professor living in Scranton, PA

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