This series of photographs was taken aboard the ferry John H on our voyage from New London, Connecticut, to Orient Point, Long Island, on Friday, November 1, 2013. This was the voyage on which I saw the green flash. The atmospheric conditions provided perfectly for a magnificent late afternoon, sunset, and twilight on the water. While I think the pictures turned out well, they nonetheless remain an insufficiently broad canvas to truly capture the vastness and the colors of the open sea and sky. Also, I was unable to get a photograph of the green flash. These points demonstrate that there is simply no substitute for actually being at sea.
As is my habit, I spent the entire crossing on the outside decks of the ship, insatiably imbibing the beauty of the sea and sky, and wishing that I were making either a transatlantic or a transpacific voyage instead of an all-too-short milk run. Brief as it was, though, the crossing served as a wonderful respite from driving in the Friday night traffic, a momentary victory of the supernal over the secular.