Cape Ann is thirty-miles north of Boston. The North Coast of Massachusetts has many great locations where photographers can find fascinating subjects to explore. Deep-water harbors along the Massachusetts coastline were the only points where early settlers arriving from England could safely disembark. Gloucester was America’s first working seaport. It was settled in 1623, three years after the Pilgrims landed in Plymouth. Many of the towns and villages across Cape Ann still have homes that date back almost three hundred years. With a little searching, you can find harbor scenes with handmade wooden boats, forest scenes and rocky coastlines that are reminiscent of bygone days. Any time of year is perfect for your next photo trip to Cape Ann.
Less than an hour’s drive north of Boston, Cape Ann is actually an island, separated from the mainland of Massachusetts by the Annisquam River, a saltwater channel between Gloucester Harbor and Ipswich Bay. The towns of Gloucester and Rockport are located on the island and other historic towns are scattered across the mainland side of Cape Ann. My plan was to visit and photograph Gloucester, Rockport, Essex, Ipswich, Newburyport and Plum Island.
Notes and images from Bob Hitchman.