A Day at a Lake: Exploring the Hidden Gems of a Common Subject

By F.M. Kearney

There was nothing particularly special about it, and it was completely hidden from view. In order to reach it, you had to walk to the rear of the property and go down a short trail leading to a clearing. The only reason I knew about it was because I Googled the location beforehand. It was just a small lake… so small it didn’t even have a name. Nevertheless, I couldn’t wait to explore it.

Several years ago, my wife and I went on a short, weekend getaway to The Poconos. We stayed at a vacation resort in the town of Bushkill, PA. The resort was best known for its golf course, but I was only interested in one thing… the lake.

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Capturing Motion in Water Under a Pier

Waves under the Jacksonville Beach Fishing Pier. 1/30 sec. f/5.6 110mm ISO 100.
Waves under the Jacksonville Beach Fishing Pier. 1/30 sec. f/5.6 110mm ISO 100.

Story and photos by Sastry Karra

In December 2019, I visited Jacksonville, Florida. While there, I had several opportunities to take photos in nearby state parks, on the beaches, and at a pier.

The Jacksonville Beach Fishing Pier is nearly a quarter of a mile long, but only approximately 625 ft. is currently open while repairs are made to a storm-damaged section.  This local landmark offers visitors close-up views of the Atlantic Ocean and gives anglers access to deep-water species of fish. For photographers, a pier presents many options and challenges.  Open to the public from 6 AM to 10 PM, it offers a concession and bait shop, restrooms, and is wheel-chair accessible.

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