Every summer, usually in August, my wife, Jill, and I join my in-law family on a trip north to a wonderful, almost magical, ocean side campground. Located on Casco Bay in the Gulf of Maine, roughly 2 hours from my home in Rochester, NH, Hermit Island Campground has been bringing generations of families together for decades with days spent on pristine beaches and evenings roasting marshmallows around the campfire. My wife’s family is one of those generational families. Her grandfather started the tradition more than 50 years ago and her parents kept it going through the years. Now, their children (my wife’s generation) keep paying it forward with the next generation, our nieces and nephew. The older of the three of them at 5 and 7 years old (the youngest is less than a year old, but I think she had a good time), have already fallen in love with this wooded corner of heaven.
As for myself, I have developed a fierce love affair with Hermit Island. My first trip there with Jill’s family was in 2008 and it has become one of my life’s great joys. Creating beautiful photos that capture at least some of the magic of Hermit Island and a little of the feeling I have while I’m there has become one of my favorite things to do with a camera.
Below is a selection of my favorite photos from our trip to Hermit Island. All of these photos, as well as photos from past years, are available for purchase on my store: https://shawnpiercephotography.smugmug.com/Hermit-Island/