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The Inlet Park in Ocean City: Alternate perspective

As we prepare to head into the late fall, one of the great things about living in Ocean City is we get to take another look at the places we might see all the time and take for granted. Throughout the season we’ll be posting photos from places you probably know, but at angles you might not have seen them from. The following photos and accompanying observations were from the Inlet Park which, if you didn’t know, is at the corner of the final turn before the Inlet parking lot and jetty.

Welcome to Ocean City Maryland!

The Indian at the Inlet is always a site for sore eyes, and lots of great photos of him already exist. I thought it would be fun to try a less-flattering angle for a change. It’s actually how I came up with this theme.

wooden sculpture
Now that is a fine jawline.

Ocean City Life Saving Station

One thing you can do in the off-season that you totally can’t (or at least shouldn’t) during the summer is stand in the middle of the street and shoot up at the watchtower. It was a cold, clear day so I got lots of great blues. From this perspective it looks a little more dizzying than in real life (IRL as the kids say).

lifesaving station tower
The watch tower at the Ocean City Life Saving museum from the street below.

Spectacular Ocean City Maryland views

I love the binocular stands. Having grown up on the Jersey shore taking day trips up and down the coast, they always remind me of days off with time to kill or of summer day trips. When you see these from the side of the road, you know there’s something interesting to see, even if you can’t tell what it is until you pop your quarter in the slot.

lookout pole
It’s free to look this time of year, especially with no binoculars attached…

Welcome to Inlet Park, Ocean City Maryland

To be honest, I wasn’t aware that this was a named park until after I uploaded the photos and geotagged them. It has all the earmarks of a park, benches, natural space, but it’s pretty narrow. I decided to get a little artsy here and place my camera on top of one of the pilings.

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A different perspective on the Inlet parking lot entrance from the park.

Taking photos in Ocean City

This apparently is a popular spot for photo shoots, although if you don’t notice a person with a camera, I’m not certain you’re paying close enough attention to notice a sign. One of my great pleasures is taking pictures of poorly-conceived, pointless or confusing signage. To be clear, I didn’t put the sign here. The “artist” who did either forgot to remove it or feels as if he (and we all know it is a “he”) has exclusive rights to shoot engagement photos here. Now, I’ve been the victim of typos myself, so I’ll let it go unremarked upon except to say that the arrogance and not the questionable spelling interpretation caught my eye.

Long haired freaky people need not apply.

Oceanic Motel

At the end of the park, you’ll find the Oceanic Motel, with its playhouses. I thought it would be fun to get a shot of the setting sun from just outside this small castle. I would have gone inside by you don’t wanna be the grown man coming out of a children’s playhouse in a public park.

From the parking lot of the Oceanic.

Ice flowers

The border flowers at the park were just holding on for dear life when these photos were taken. It was the end of November, the cold had settled in for a week and it was beginning to show. Still, it was pretty in the fading light. If the winter has an upside it’s that getting sunset photos and sunrise photos takes a little less effort, since they’re so much closer together.

The sun was brutal when taking this photo. It was low enough in the sky that one couldn’t look directly ahead walking west.

Share your photos and thoughts

If you’re interested in contributing your own photoblog of Ocean City (or any place in Maryland) feel free to reach out to me via the author links below. Photoblogs are easy and fun and it always is a little flattering to get shares and likes.

Tony Russo
Tony Russohttp://Ossurynot.com
Tony Russo has worked as a print and digital journalist for the better part of the 21st century, writing for and editing regional weeklies and dailies before joining the team that produces OceanCity.com and ShoreCraftBeer.com among other destination websites. In addition to having documented everything from zoning changes to art movements on the Delmarva Peninsula, Tony has written two books on beer for the History Press. Eastern Shore Beer was published in 2014 and Delaware Beer in 2016. He lives in Delmar, Md. with his wife Kelly and the only of his four daughters who hasn't moved out. Together they keep their two dogs comfortable.

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