Timing is everything

Horses and riders walk along the shore toward Herring Point in Cape Henlopen State Park. BY RON MACARTHUR
March 19, 2012

You never know what you might run across when you are out and about in the Cape Region.

This past Sunday I thought a great photo might be one of the World War II observation towers in the fog along the coast near Gordons Pond in Cape Henlopen State Park.

When I arrived you could not even see the towers from the parking lot beach crossovers. But, to my surprise there were more than a dozen horse trailers in the parking lot. It just so happened 20 members of the Chesapeake Plantation Horse Walking Club were taking their annual beach ride on Sunday, March 18. The day before they had taken part in the Delaware Horse Expo in Harrington.

I was talking to the husband of one of the riders who asked me how I knew about the ride. I told him I didn't know anything about it; it was pure luck.

He laughed and said it must be the luck of the Irish, and maybe I would run into a UFO on the way home. It might have happened if I could have seen more than 100 feet in front of me because of the heavy fog. We could have been invaded by UFOs this weekend and nobody would have been able to see them.

As I walked along the shore snapping photos, I was thinking how nice the shots would have been with a blue sky as the background. But how many times in your life will you have fog, the beach and horses all in the same frame? It's a once in a lifetime photo opportunity – by accident.

By the way, the towers emerging from the fog was a great photo opportunity; adding horses to the scene only made it better.

  • Ron MacArthur has lived and worked in Sussex County all his life. As a journalist for more than 40 years, he has covered everything from county and town meetings to presidential visits. He also has a unique perspective having served as an elected official and lived on both sides of the county.

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