The full title should be “Low tide on the Delaware at Red Bank Battlefield Park.” I had never taken mom to the park on a Saturday because I assummed it would be crowded. How do you know that John? You don’t. So last Saturday mom and I piled into the car and drove over to the park. What a pleasant surprise!
Traffic wasn’t bad at all and there were fewer people at the park than during the week. This photo turned out to be the best out of the half dozen I took that day. I cropped the picture from the top because there was too much sky and I thought moving the horizon up would help this image.
Usually there’s a nice breeze that can get pretty stiff at times coming from the west across the river, but not Saturday — just enough to cause a few ripples in the river, no more.
The tide was out and the river was nasty near the shore. That darker grey area where the few geese were swimming was green with algae of some kind I suspect. I went down to river’s edge to have a closer look and get a few photos.
I’m glad the couple was out at the end of the pier. The figures add interest to the photo. Yes, I also wanted to capture the reflections but the real reason I came down to the river bank was to photograph the pleasure boats beached on the island and the sandbar.
Alas, I was travelling light with only a 35mm lens so the boats aren’t much more than specs in the photo. You can see them above the pier railing. The small island is out of the picture on the right, but the sand bar extends downstream into the photo.
There were quite a few boats pulled up on the beach. Hey it was a sunny summer Saturday. Mom asked me what they were doing and I thought it was a spontaneous kind of thing. Think pleasure boaters tailgating. That’s as good an explanation as any.
Well, the 35mm lens was too wide to get the full impact of all the boats but the perfect focal length for this photo. I had a medium yellow contrast filter mounted on the lens and the clouds came out nicely.
We went back to the park yesterday and again today (Thursday) and I expect to return again Friday while this glorious weather holds. The tide was in and the water was choppy. I got lots of new images too. Stay tuned.