Welcome. Edgartown News was born from the simple fact that I have ink and Dektol in my veins and I need to write and photograph more than I need air or food, and from my love for this little town where I grew up and raised my family, the town I have left a few times but can't quite shake for good. Here you will find wanderings and musings, photographs and commentary; the people, places, and happenings - past and present - of a small island town: my home town.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

January Doldrums

With the holidays passed, all that can be said now is, "Welcome to January."
Bleak midwinter? January doldrums?
All is quiet here - a state I once dreaded but now savor.
Quiet, with an underlying pulse; life in the slow lane.



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A lone quahogger forages the shore line of Sengekontacket.

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Flocks of grackles dominate the January bird scene.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Four-wheeling with Adam

My son called and said, "Want to take a ride on the beach?" Being Sunday, a day that I set aside to do whatever I want, or nothing, and after having put in a fulfilling morning at Sunday school and the old folks home, and ready to throw in the towel for the day,  I said, "Sure, pick me up." I was even smart enough to grab my camera - the long lens, just in case - maybe we'll see a snowy owl - the tripod, and a couple of other go-to lenses. 


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Footsteps of hand-holding lovers punctuate the sand.

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It seemed we could see forever. We even saw Nantucket, a rare sight, only visible during super low tides and certain light, exactly like today's tide and long sideways light.

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My chauffeur and tour guide

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Adam saw it first, off to the left, perched next to the pond. It was patient enough to allow me to set up the tripod and get closer than I thought I might. I loved seeing its eyes fixed on me.

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Okay, close enough. Buh-bye.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Ice Moon

The landing on The Boulevard. Old stomping grounds from long ago. January thaw. Low tide at Anthiers with an abundance of clams to be had - "three or four to a hole." Too dark for the kind of moon shot I was after, should have been there the day before but this one works, in another way.

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The moors and marshes of Anthiers with the barrier beach and a lone shellfisherman in the distance


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January's ice moon

Saturday, January 7, 2017

First Snow 2017 and a Drive Up-island

A drive up-island with Becky yesterday afternoon yielded these gems (enhanced, of course, by the company of my dear friend as well as a spontaneous visit around the woodstove at Fran's house).

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January woods

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All that remains of the original Herring Creek Farm barn and out-buildings

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Edgartown's Great Plains

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Last year's sunflowers - tired and bent, but bearing seeds for next year's crop

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Menemsha shack, destined to be inherited by bittersweet vines

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It's still Christmas until at least Epiphany, maybe longer in this outpost

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Sunset reflection

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Reds and blues stand out amidst the gray and white, with the red-white-and-blue flying nearby

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Menemsha mermaid

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Across the creek on Lobsterville's shore