Solitary and Forgotten

Sea Breeze, New Jersey

Sea Breeze, New Jersey. Canon 6D, EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM, .5 sec at f/16, ISO 100



Most people would say this was nothing more than an eyesore and an annoyance. They would complain that this lone sea shack should be knocked down and removed completely. It serves no purpose anymore and is past being useful. Just get rid of it, let it rot away or maybe we’ll get lucky and a storm will take it away into the bay.

But who knows how many times the sun rose above the horizon and bathed the wood of this house with it’s warm rays. Or what about the countless sunsets, where the day gave way to the blanket of night. This simple sea shack faced beastly storms, and didn’t give way when Sandy came blasting through. It provides shelter to the local animals, below it’s raised floor, like a mother hen protecting her chicks. It was someone refuge. Maybe even someone’s home.

There’s a lot of history right here in this photo. I’m glad to have seen it in person.

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  1. Rich Lewis March 5, 2018 at 8:54 pm #

    What some may call an eyesore is an important piece of history. These old beach shacks along the New Jersey shoreline are disappearing and their histories become lost forever. It’s good you captured the beauty and charm of this simple building along the Delaware Bay. Whether is survives or not, your photograph will at least help tell its story.

    • jgambone March 6, 2018 at 11:05 am #

      Well said Rich. The Jersey shorelines seem to be changing at a much faster rate in recent years. For example, I am concerned about the future of the East Point Lighthouse, with every passing storm.

  2. Teresa March 8, 2018 at 11:08 am #

    Abandoned buildings in amazing locations always spark my curiosity. The wonder–the clues… Thanks for sharing:)

    • jgambone March 8, 2018 at 11:38 am #

      Hi Teresa – These older buildings along our coasts are starting to be quite a rare site. Always glad to share, and thanks for taking the time to comment.

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