Ocean Wave No. 2: The Story Behind the Image

Ocean Wave No. 2 is the featured image for May

Ocean Wave No 2 by Cattie Coyle Photography

I photographed this image early on a beautiful spring morning at Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester, MA, my favorite beach on Cape Ann.

At the end of the beach, there is a small uninhabited (except for birds) island – Salt Island – with a short sandbar that leads out to it. Most of the time, the sandbar is submerged, but at very low tide, it appears and you can walk out to the island. When the tide comes in, the waves approach this sandbar from both sides, and meet up right over it.

On stormy days, the waves crash into each other, and it’s quite exhilarating to watch, but this morning, there was barely any wind and the ocean was calm. The waves slowly rolled in, met up, and turned into these triangular peaks before breaking.

I can watch those waves forever and this image always makes me so happy: that soft, filtered sunshine through high, wispy clouds; the starbursts on the wave and the sun glitter in the distance; the crystal clear, sea glass-colored water – cheerful and calming all at once.

I chose Ocean Wave No. 2 as the featured image for May because to me, it embodies the feeling of this month. You can download the free desktop and phone wallpapers here: Cattie Coyle Photography portfolio website (or click on the images below).

Prints of this image are also available: unframed or framed in sizes up to 40×60 inches (100×150 cm) in the US, Australia, and Canada, and as canvas, metal and acrylic glass prints in the US and Canada.

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