Gun Battery Gates

Posted by
Laurie (New Jersey, United States) on 2 February 2009 in Architecture and Portfolio.

This is one of the old Gun Batteries at Ft. Hancock in Sandy Hook. We had been walking along the beach and followed several foot paths. One of which led to the top of one of the gun batteries quite to our surprise. They are supposed to be off limits to the public for a very good reason as they are crumbling and very dangerous places.

After walking along the top of the battery for a while we noticed the park rangers coming toward us chasing people off so we walked back down the path to the beach and back around to the rear of the batteries. There are fences at the back of them to discourage the public from going in and exploring. By the time we made our way there the rangers were down along the fence. We talked to the rangers for a few minutes, who were very nice. They regularly have to chase people off and out of them but they don't get nasty about it since the access is so easy especially from the beach side and they understand the "cool" factor allure of the place. The fences are also not terribly secure as most of the gates are broken or open from previous trespassers.

How I would have loved to have gone inside one of the gates!

For a much larger detailed view go here.

NIKON D700 1/400 second F/4.5 ISO 200 70 mm

Coming back to AM3 after a long hiatus. I hope to be more active in the coming months.

1/400 second
ISO 200
70 mm