Cape May, NJ

November 02, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/2900 @ f/5.6

​Earlier this year, I took a weekend trip down to Cape May, New Jersey.  It was during the first week of May, and the area was busy with birders scouting out locations for the World Series of Birding, an annual birding competition and fundraising event for the NJ Audubon Society.  This was more of a birding trip than a photography trip, and we were up early everyday attempting to track down lifers and rarities.  We had a few successful mornings birding the southern end of the Cape, and I was able to add a few new species including Blue Grosbeak, Saltmarsh Sparrow and Least Tern.

​In addition to being one of the top birding locations on the east coast, Cape May is an area of historical significance.  The region was originally charted in the early 1600s, and the city was formed as the borough of Cape Island in 1846.  This makes Cape May the oldest seaside resort in the USA.  In 1878, there was a prolonged fire, which destroyed 30 blocks of the downtown area.  These buildings were rebuilt in the Victorian style, and through preservation efforts the city now has the second largest collection of Victorian style houses in America, after San Fransisco.

​We stayed in the nearby town of Wildwood, which has a more recent history compared to the historic centre of Cape May.  Wildwood was mainly built between the early 50s until the mid 70s.  The area is know for its many motels in the doo-wop style that was popular in the postwar era.  Pools, neon lights and plastic palm trees are all common sights.  In the mid 2000s, 50 motels were demolished to make space for new condo buildings.  The remaining buildings are now being protected by local preservation groups, and some of the motels are now being restored.  Wildwood is a popular summer beach destination, with the population rising to over 250,000 compared to just over 5000 in the offseason.

I was very happy to be back by the ocean for a few days.  Despite having never lived by the sea, I always find myself drawn back to it, and always feel reinvigorated when I get that first breath of salty air.

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/680 @ f/11

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/340 @ f/11

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 1600, 1/350 @ f/4

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 1600, 1/250 @ f/4

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 1600, 1/170 @ f/5.6

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 1600, 1/450 @ f/2

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 1600, 1/180 @ f/4

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 1600, 1/110 @ f/4

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 1600, 1/60 @ f/4

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 1600, 1/40 @ f/4

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 1600, 1/125 @ f/2

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 1600, 1/80 @ f/2

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 1600, 1/80 @ f/2

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/1600 @ f/9

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/1600 @ f/5.6

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/2200 @ f/5.6

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/1200 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/1000 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 1600, 1/1000 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 1600, 1/1000 @ f/5.6

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 3200, 1/75 @ f/2

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 3200, 1/110 @ f/2

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 1600, 1/1000 @ f/5

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 1600, 1/1000 @ f/5

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 1600, 1/1000 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 1600, 1/1000 @ f/5

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 1600, 1/1000 @ f/5

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/180 @ f/11

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 3200, 1/60 @ f/2

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 3200, 1/35 @ f/2


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