The town of Westport lies in southwestern Massachusetts, close to the Rhode Island border. The area is best known for its south-facing beaches, which are popular attractions during the summer months.
One of my favorite places to photograph in Westport is near the Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary. Over 300 species of birds have been recorded in the sanctuary during migration and nesting season.
Bird life may be exciting to avian aficionados, but I come here to photograph the rocky coastline. The shore is adorned with photogenic rocks of all sizes, offering themselves up as foreground subjects.
BEST TIME TO PHOTOGRAPH
The beach near Allens Pond looks out toward the southeast, so this is a sunrise destination. If you enjoy featuring the dawn sky and rising sun in your images as much as I do, then the best months to visit are from October through February, when the morning sun directly faces the beach.
GETTING TO ALLENS POND
From I-195, take MA-88 south toward Horseneck Beach and continue onto John Reed Road. Turn left onto East Beach Road and drive less than a mile to the intersection of Horseneck Road. Park at the pull-off near the bend, and walk east toward the point to find a composition of your choice.
As with all coastal photography, be sure to check the tide charts and bring waterproof boots. And most importantly, beware of slippery rocks and rough surf, especially in high tide conditions.