This photo is from late Spring 2017 at Rock Harbor in Orleans, Cape Cod. This is the annual ‘planting’ of Rock Harbor’s iconic Clam Trees.
So how did these pine trees get nicknamed ‘Clam Trees’? One of the most popular stories comes from back in the 70’s. As the lore goes: quahog seeds were planted at the base of the trees out in the channel of Rock Harbor in Orleans on Cape Cod. The seed would dig their way into the sand, spread and grow into legal size quahogs ready to be raked by recreational shellfish permit holders. Supposedly, you could have a basketful of clams for dinner by digging right by the trees. Like the game of ‘telephone’, the locals started referring to the channel markers as ‘Clam Trees’ when asked by the visitors why the trees were in the water.
This is a popular spot for beaching during the day time, booking a charter boat for sport fishing and enjoying incredible sunsets at dusk. The combination of the setting sun over the water and the line of trees attracts thousands of visitors for summer sunsets. Add in the beat of a local steel drum band serenading the sunset visitors while the Rock Harbor Charter Fleet returns from a day on the water creates a unique ambiance and a spectacular picturesque view.
One can only wonder about the origin of this fun ‘fish’ story about the Clam Trees. Either way, these trees contribute to the most beautiful sunsets in the world. (I am a little partial since this is my home town and my backyard, sort of). I spend as much time as I can here photographing sunsets, taking long walks during low tide and visiting the local oyster grants, and fishing for striped bass, blues and tuna.
Rock Harbor is tidal. During low tide you can walk all the way out to the furthest clam tree in the bay. The trees serve as channel markers for the fleet of the Rock Harbor Charter Fishing boats and other recreational boats.
This image, Planting Rock Harbor’s Clam Trees will be available for purchase during the month of August at Cape Cod Five in Orleans.
Image size is 15 x15 with a white border on all 4 sides with the overall dimension 17 x 17
SALE: For the month of August this image is on sale at Cape Cod Five in Orleans.
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