Cape May Times Pictures of the Year

Cape May, NJ -  This is our favorite photo of the year. Just two weeks after Hurricane Irene sent all of us packing,  Tropical Storm Lee followed up with massive waves of its own, pounding Poverty Beach.  If one picture is worth a thousand words, this one speaks volumes.

The water around Cape May can be very calm at times.  During a quiet, peaceful winter sunset, the Cape May ferry passed by at just  the right moment for this photo.   Just a few seconds later, the sun was down and the ferry was out of the picture.

Living so close to the ocean, you learn very quickly that the water never looks the same twice. Here’s a different shot of the ferry, this time in May.  In this photo, it’s impossible to tell where the sky ends and the Delaware Bay begins.

For a radically different view, look what happens when the weather gets cold enough.  The edges of the bay turn into frozen waves.  Everyone loved this photo  and so did we, after we warmed up.

We don’t let wind and cold get  in the way of a good photo.  This picture was taken in the middle of a snowstorm  along the dune path at Cape May Point State Park.  You actually can see the snowflakes as they fall. Finger numbing cold, but so pretty.

A different flurry of white – cherry blossoms along Corgie Street – look so exuberant, they almost engulf the street signs. We all were glad to see spring this year.

Summer came with an abundance of local produce.  Nothing reminds us of summer more than canary yellow summer squash and wicker porch furniture. It was the perfect summer tableau.

Fall brought one of the most incredible butterfly migrations we’ve ever seen. Monarchs and other species  kept coming and coming. They were still migrating in mid October.

That was just about when the Beach Theater came tumbling down. This construction worker was the last one out. This photo captures the moment he removed the movie theater’s side door for good. No need to turn out the lights.

November starts the quiet season. But that doesn’t mean you don’t see people on the beach. You just see fewer of them.   This couple had the entire Cape May beach to themselves one November afternoon.

The quiet season gets rowdy quickly  when Mummers roll into town for the West Cape May Christmas Parade. This Mummer stopped strutting and started mocking the photographer during the parade. Snap. You’re now in Cape May Times favorite pictures of 2011, Mr. Mummer.

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About Jane Kashlak

Jane Kashlak - a journalist, gardener and Cape Island resident - is writing a book.