Dispatches: Beach / Music


“Nobody on the road
Nobody on the beach
I feel it in the air
The summer’s out of reach…”

~ Don Henley, Boys of Summer

As I’ve mentioned, it’s been a rough couple of weeks. So on Sunday, after church services, me and the boys decided to head to Little Eden to get ourselves out of the house.

It was about 80 degrees, light breeze. Now that it’s after Labor Day, it’s what’s called Locals Summer at the Jersey Shore.

This means plenty of enjoyable days at the beach without the crowds that appear between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

We live about 35 minutes from the beach. Perhaps just out of range to be considered a “local” but still close enough to jump down there for a nice afternoon.

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In addition to getting out of the house for a bit, I wanted to see if I could catch any surfers taking advantage of some bigger than normal waves due to Hurricane Dorian.


But, no luck there. They were probably out in the morning, not mid-afternoon. But, despite no surfers, I still got some fun wave photos with the boys. I packed my 75-200 mm for just this occasion.




Missed the focus here. Blew a fun action shot.

Around 3:45, I got the boys off the beach and dried off (for the most part), and we walked a couple blocks over to Danny Clinch’s Transparent Gallery on Kingsley Ave, where my buddy, Doug Zambon was going to do short acoustic set.


It’s been a few years now since I hustled Doug into being part of my Musicians & The Mosaic project.

His band, The Vansaders, had just put out their No Matter What album, so I picked up the CD from him after the shoot.

It’s been in heavy rotation in my truck, so much so that my kids are fans of the record too, and actually sing along to it.

Doug’s set sounded great. He did some Vansaders songs, but also a couple of covers by Tony Sly and Jawbreaker. If he had done an acoustic version of his song “Sunrise“, Chase and Matt probably would have sang the “Say bye bye bye to Bond Street/Cause they won’t let me in” line right along with him. That’s their favorite, even though they don’t know what Bond Street is. (It’s a bar in Asbury Park.)

That’s their blonde heads up front, lower right.



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After Doug’s set, we were back on the beach where the boys hit the waves and shot some dolphins passing by.


We ended up at the Silverball Museum and Arcade for some pizza and fries on the boardwalk before heading back up I-195 and home.

A good start to Local’s Summer, and a much needed day at the beach to clear the head.


© Mark V. Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | All Rights Reserved 2019

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