An afternoon at Saugus Landing

 ... the river, the marsh, the boats, and the characters

from the Stringer Photo Team

Shot-of-the-Day Award goes to Shirley Rabb for predicting exactly where this fisherman was going to be when she squeezed the button. It is a case of being at the right place at the right time -- but more important, in realizing that fact, using precise timing, and getting this image.

The day was a Friday, a hazy day with sometimes sunshine, and it was the day the Stringer Photo Team went on yet another informal 'shoot'. This time six of us went to the neighboring town of Saugus, home of the New England Little League champion baseball team, to a place not far from the estuary of the Saugus River. It is called Saugus Landing, and consists of a meandering river, a marina, a few rebuilt homes and a two-mile marsh.

The shooting at any marina is obviously limited to mostly modern boats and the testy people who man them. It is a challenge, under these circumstances, to come up with a good collection of photos -- but the Stringers were up to it. The 20 photos selected here are about eight percent of our daily production -- not that those that didn't make the cut were bad, but more because we are limited in display space.

Here's what we saw at Saugus Landing:

The Saugus River estuary, the marina and the General Electric plant provided incentive for Elizabeth Sunkees to record this  panaorama.

Louise Fennell grabbed a quick flick of three off-duty fishermen, capturing their sense of independence and their casual approach to life. The statue, photographed by Elizabeth, is a stark reminder of reality.

That's an all-star catcher for the Saugus Little League, getting pointers from a retired Marine pilot, veteran of the long Vietnam war, recipient of numerous medals, graduate of the Naval Academy, and now fishin' for a living and taking life easy. There is poetic irony here in having heroes of different generations and different battles, meet on a fishing pier in Saugus, Massachusetts.  

New member Lorry Norris picked up a digital camera and started collecting winners.

Award for greatest imagination goes to Natalie Thomson, seeking out the unusual and capturing, artistically, the obvious. The "cut off" is a small valve lost in the brown grass, right about there. Meanwhile, Louise toyed with still life in this photo of the muddy, battered business end of a fisherman's outboard motor.

Every one of the Stringers saw this traditional setting of a couple of dories; this one is Natalie's, who also saw the color and form in the marsh reeds across the street.

There were two entries for a photo of the deck of lobster boat; the winner one was turned in by Elizabeth Sunkees. The other, also a Sunkee's production, is a rather poetic posture of Lynn industry.

Shirley put her telephoto lens to use for this handsome photo. While she shoots more frames that any of the rest of us, she frequently takes only one or two of a scene before moving on. But our tendency is to shoot like mad, for we all are using digital cameras.

Louise spotted the two dories, now three. She also shot this mundane, yet interesting picture advising dogs to stay away. The sign worked, for we saw no dogs at Saugus Landing.

The Saugus catcher and friend. Lorry asked husband Don for help in getting on top of this fence, and he advised shooting through it. She did, and got the award for ingenuity.

The day ends with Shirley's three boats and Don's photo of three of the Italian

October 3, 2003

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