Being Distracted Can Get You Wet

Photos by E.J. Lefavour

Three people went for a walk out on the sandbar off Wingaersheek Beach Sunday afternoon and ended up going for an unexpected swim.  It was a beautiful day and I was out showing the village to visiting FOB’s Linda and Rob Castagna from Milford, NJ when we came across this scene.  In the first photo, you can see the most distracted of the three running full speed to catch up with his two friends who were nearly back to the beach (2nd photo).  In the 3rd photo you can see that the beginning of the sandbar is now under water and in the 4th photo, well – they have no choice but to wade in to shore.  Fortunately is was a balmy November day and the water hasn’t had a chance to get too cold.

E.J. Lefavour

About E.J.

Artist, researcher, writer, spiritual traveler of this fascinating orb we inhabit, lover of life and all it has to offer. Hi everyone out there in GMG land. My name is Ellen “E.J.” Lefavour (a/k/a “Ejay Khan” – the pseudonym I used during my years as a political activist artist). I moved to Cape Ann in September of 2010, and was thrilled to be invited by Joey to become a daily contributor to Good Morning Gloucester in December of that year. I am a painter, photographer and writer who has lived and worked as an artist for 20 years, since leaving the corporate world in 1990 to pursue my passion. My contributions to GMG will consist of images (either my paintings, photographs, montages or the occasional video) and a little history about the image, called “Did you Know?” I hope to come up with tidbits of information that people don’t already know, or had forgotten they knew. As I am new here, everything is new and fascinating to me, especially the amazing history, so bear with me if I post something that is common knowledge – I’ll eventually come up with something that’s new to you. As an artist, I will also write about the incredible art scene on Cape Ann. Please take a minute to comment on my posts, like them or not, especially if you have corrections or something to add, as that is how I, and all of us, learn. Have a Good Morning Gloucester, and a blessed day.
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5 Responses to Being Distracted Can Get You Wet

  1. Bill says:

    I made that mistake many years ago. But, it was during a very dark night with chest waders on and a fishing pole in my hand. So I awkwardly swam, as my waders filled with water and I hung on to my favorite pole for dear life. Nearly sank but touched solid ground just in time. I would do things differently now, being older and smarter.

  2. CAROL TERRELL says:

    For some reason I think it was finished in 1954, just trying to find if anyone knows.

  3. Fredrik Bodin says:

    I dug surf clams in knee deep water there with Bill and Esther Steele, and it was amazing how quickly the water rose. We were in a boat, so it wasn’t a problem. Another time, just the opposite happened: I saw big cabin cruiser early one morning which was high and dry on it’s side on the spit (sand bar), with the sleepy-eyed owner looking around to see what the heck happened. I was reminded of an old Down East tale: A dude yachtsman asks a Maine lobsterman if a particular spot was a good anchorage. The lobsterman answers: “Yep, I’ve dug some great clams there.” Great photo sequence EJ, and I’m glad it had a happy ending. Now they know, and hopefully everyone who saw your post will be aware.

  4. It was a lovely walk with EJ on Sunday, up and down countless hills and onto several beaches. It is easy to see how it could happen being caught in the tide rolling rapidly in upon you. One of the escapees had to be in up to the shoulders heading in the wrong direction until it became deeper and then quickly turn in the other direction to get out in time. Think I will have a few bad dreams about watching the escape to higher ground.

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