Thursday, July 20
a once in a lifetime opportunity
for Plein Air Artists and Photographers
This is a chance to land at Little Gull Island and explore the 1-acre landscape as well as inside Little Gull lighthouse (est, 1802, current tower 1867) across several hours.
It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for photographers and plein air painters to work on a remote island.
In partnership with the Little Gull Light Foundation, we are offering three different extended-length trips out of New London, CT, aboard the high-speed Silver Eel. All three trips take place Thursday, July 20 (rain date is Thursday, July 27).
Our guide is Matthew Male, a Great Gull summer resident over four decades. Matt writes: ‘You can expect to see Flocks of foraging seabirds, including Common and Roseate Terns, possibly some Shearwaters and Petrels. Three Brown Pelicans were spotted on June 19 at nearby Great Gull Island, which have probably moved on ,but we can hope…
Dolphins and Porpoise have been sighted in Long Island Sound in July.
On Little Gull we can expect to see the young of the year gulls and cormorants and possibly an Oystercatcher or two.’
Tour the island and learn a bit about its history and about the creatures that live there, and of the life of a lighthouse keeper. Matthew Male was one of the last civilians inside the keepers quarters before it was gutted, during the automation. He even took the toilet seat, for the outhouse on nearby Great Gull, as well as the Keepers desk . During the 1980s Matthew got 7 pairs of terns to nest on the island, but now the early spring on Little Gull is dominated by gulls and cormorants, and a small colony of Common Eiders (their first colony in Long Island Sound in years.) and Grey and Harbor Seals. You may see his wildlife photography on facebook.
A few artists/photographers may choose to remain on the island for both sessions — all eight hours — to allow for more than some snapshots.
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