A morning on the North Shore of Massachusetts. A Crane Beach sunrise. Ipswich marshes. Essex village. It's all within an hour of my Boston home. At this time of year, I can leave the house at 4:30 and get there in time for pre-sunrise color.
|Sunrise light on sand ripples at Crane Beach|
|Crane Beach dawn|
As well as Crane Beach, Ipswich has some of the most beautiful marshland around. It's actually part of the Great Marsh, which stretches from Gloucester, MA to Hampton, NH. Much of the marsh is natural; some is farmed for salt hay. It includes native cordgrass and invasive phragmites, as well as many other species. This huge wetland provides a home for many birds and animals as well as a welcomed respite for migrators.
|Colorful marsh sedges waving in the wind|
|Cord grass in the Great Marsh|
|Maplewood farm preserve in Ipswich|
The nearby town of Essex is a center for antiquing, and hosts the Essex Shipbilding Museum. If you want to explore the Essex River, kayak rentals are available. It's also the home of Woodman's, the inventor of the fried clam.
|Essex Shipbuilding Museum, Essex|
|White Elephant antiques, Essex|
|Essex Shipbuilding Museum|