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Quaint Nantucket…

The quaintness factor of Nantucket became apparent even as our ship docked at Straight Wharf.  All the buildings have cedar shingles, weathered to a soft gray, and trimmed in historical colors only.  The window boxes are filled to overflowing with flowers in a riot of colors.  Former fishing shacks (each valued at over $1M) greet you as you dock, and on the dock they are  repurposed to be shops, with their colorful wares spilling out the doors.  So colorful that I didn’t realize the sky had clouded over while I was taking pictures.  And lots of places to eat, the smells were heavenly.  Quaintness2 QuaintnesswindowboxQuaintnesswhichway2QuaintnessshopsQuaintness4Quaintness5

After a mug of delicious chowder I headed out to take the bus tour of the island.  The driver was a wealth of information about the history of the island.  So much so that my mind is boggled to remember it all.  First of all, turn left at this sign to find the tour.  And if you find it then by all means take it.QuaintnesssignOn the tour you will pass a shop with interesting panes in the windows.  The remnants of glass blowing produces these spirals of thick glass which I had never seen before.  I was reduced to shooting pictures through the window of the bus, switching from side to side, and that’s obvious in some of these photos.  I’m glad there were empty seats so I could do that without driving anyone nuts.  The driver pointed out the oldest house in Nantucket, purchased as a wedding gift to Jethro Coffin and his bride in 1686.  And he mentioned that Benjamin Franklin’s mother was born on Nantucket.  The Old Mill is still in operation, so when you pass by it you never know which direction the sails will be facing.  The cap turns so that they can be faced to the wind in order to operate.  They can also be covered in canvas also, to aide in their operation.QuaintnesswindowpanesQuaintnessoldesthouseQuaintnessgristmillBut all of that information was a bonus to me.   The entire reason I wanted to take the bus tour was to see another lighthouse.  There are three on the island, but the last one is only accessible with a 4-wheeled drive vehicle or from the water.  So the Sankaty Head Light was my grand finale of the day.  The driver said that the light blinks faithfully every 7 1/2 seconds, but he admitted that they had turned it off once but he didn’t know that, and he confidently told that tour group to watch for it but it didn’t happen.  He thoughtfully stopped the bus and let me off to get some pictures, but I made sure he wasn’t going to take off again in 7 1/2 seconds.  He promised he wouldn’t.QaintnesssankatylightfarQaintnessSankatyheadlight

I confess that I photoshopped a golfer out of this shot.  He was in ALL my lighthouse shots.  Even the distant shot.  Go ahead and check if you like.  The beach erosion on the far side of the island is taking a toll.  Million dollar houses are now perilously close to toppling into the water.  Concerned citizens funded the relocation of the lighthouse 400 feet further from the water, and it was determined that they would have lost the lighthouse if they had waited another year.  There are also many perils for ships off of the coast right there.  The Andrea Doria and the Swedish ship Stockholm crashed 45 miles off the coast.  Fog was the culprit in that wreck.  But many ships met their end there, and the wreckage lies on the bottom along the coast.  Or in the Shipwreck and Whaling Museum.  For 150 years Nantucket was the whaling capital of the world.  Yes, this sleepy little town has seen it’s share of history.

Nantucket was quickly lost in the fog as we pulled out of the harbor heading back to Hyannis.  The fog got heavier and the ship was rocking in the waves.  My last photo op of the day was supposed to be sunset from the water, and that would have been nice, but all in all I’m not complaining…Qaintnesssgoodbye

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Leaving Hyannis…

Leaving Hyannis continued to reveal lovely images as we pulled away from shore.  I do love the new camera with the terrific zoom capability, but it’s the fact that you can get clear shots without the tripod that puts it over the top.  A tripod on that rolling deck wouldn’t have been fun to try to use.  And the zoom let me see a woman using some sort of mystery device, at least from my point of view.  I saw it as a black frame with two pieces of glass and couldn’t imagine what it was.  I put the picture on my Cape Cod group and they thought it was just an iPad!  She was taking pictures, LOL.leavingHyannis1leavingHyannis2

outdooractivityoutdooractivity2There was nothing to see but water and sky after a while, but then I noticed a shape breaking the horizon line.  I wondered if it was a lighthouse, but through the camera’s zoom I could see the triangular shape of sails.  The boat was the ‘fast ferry’, and it was really moving, and of course there was some rock, so trying to get a picture seemed futile but that didn’t stop me.  I probably took more shots of that than I did of anything else that day.  Especially because of the blinking light.  It was performing exactly as the lighthouse lights do, steadily on and off.  I asked about that on the Cape Cod group also, but no one seemed to have an answer.  It did not seem to be moving, it seemed to be stationary.  It is still a mystery.Nantucket1Nantucket2Nantucket3Nantucket4Nantucket6Nantucket5And then Nantucket came into view.  Even the harbor seemed quaint to me as we approached.  I forgot to look for the Brant Point lighthouse until we were right on top of it.  I believe I heard that it’s the second oldest and and also the smallest lighthouse.  But I heard so many facts about the history of Nantucket that day that I was boggled so I will have to try to do some research before I try to repeat them.  I had arrived…

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It’s all about the light…

It was raining out when I decided to take the ferry to Nantucket yesterday.  But the weather report said it would be a high of 76 degrees and sunny, and beastly hot for the next couple of days, so off I went.  And I fumbled as I attempted to find the terminal, but that was okay because I took some pictures before I even got myself parked and bought my tickets.  It was the light yesterday.  The ferry left at 12:45, and the light would normally be pretty harsh at that time.  But no, the light was perfect.  I had been hoping to see lighthouses while I’m on my first snowbird summer, but I didn’t expect the first one to be right in Hyannis harbor.  I wonder what that structure is?  A guest house?  Some sort of office or art studio?  I would love to know. LewisBay1LewisBay2LewisBay3LewisBay4LewisBay5LewisBay6LewisBay7LewisBay8LewisBay9LewisBay11LewisBay10

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Millway Beach sunset…

The trouble with finding that the sunset is going to be especially nice is that you are there with your camera, so you keep clicking away.  Look away for a second and when you look again you would swear that the colors are up a notch and it’s even more beautiful than you thought.  Though later on when you look at your photos in the computer that doesn’t seem to be the case.  Which one is the best?  Our fearless camera club leader says that if you really want to know how to choose between essentially equal photos then look at the metadata and choose the biggest file.  Bigger file means more detail.  Did I do that?  Of course not.

Sunday night I went out to Kalmus beach expecting to take the pictures I got last night.  Nope, I was way off.  And I wasn’t going to be able to find another vantage point in the amount of time available.Sundaysunset

Ah, but last night was a different story.  I should get a compass ap for my phone so I can find west when I need to.MillwaybeachboatMillwaysunset2Millwaysunset3Millwaysunset4Millwaysunset7MillwaysunsetphotographersMillwaysunsetclams

And just when you’ve already taken a million pictures and you think you’ll be heading home soon this happens.Millwaysunsetrings

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World’s End…

No, not a prediction, it’s a place.  A park actually.  It wasn’t what I expected as I looked at the map on the computer.  I was in Panera, located in a shopping plaza (Derby Street, Hingham, MA) with lots of shops that I’d have loved to visit, but I wondered if there were photo ops nearby.  World’s End Park showed up as an option.  I expected to park on a lot and take a few waterfront shots and be on my way.  But, as is often the case, I was wrong.into hewoodsI paid my $6 fee and the very nice Ranger told me that the entire figure-eight trail was about 3 miles long.  Be sure to take the right hand fork to see a nice ocean view, she said.  And then come back on the opposite trail to the highest point in the park with a view of the Boston skyline.  So I was going to have to work for it.  Plus I had planned another stop that afternoon so I limited my walk to the first loop in the figure eight.  I have to wonder what I missed in the other half of the park.  It would be worth another trip to find out. World'sendcoveWorld'sendcove2World'sendcove3oceansideYour views were mostly through the trees that lined the waterfront on the park side of the water.  So here are your ‘ocean views’, look way out beyond the road.oceanview2oceanviewAnd the Boston skyline.  I love Boston, maybe I ought to investigate taking the “T” in for a day of photo ops…Bostonskyline

I should mention that my computer issue was as simple as ‘dusting’ out the magnetic connection between the charging cord and the laptop.  It’s all fixed.  And another friend took the hint and dusted hers out and solved her own computer issue.  Always happy to help…

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Hedging my bets…

I say I’m an optimist, but as I sit here in Panera while my computer charges I’m having a problem believing that I will still be able to charge the computer once I’m back at the camper.  So I will post the pictures I put through Waterlogue yesterday because they are done, and I loved them.  Seaside and watercolors do seem to go together.  My intention in going to Hingham was to find the Apple store here, and possibly some places to stop for pictures while I was out.  What I have found is a very, VERY tempting shopping area.  I have a friend who’s husband always asks her what she needs when she proposes a shopping trip.  Not only do I not need anything in particular, but I don’t have room for much of anything else in the camper either.  So maybe I’ll sit here on the computer and see if I can find a photo destination in the area for more pictures today.  But I’m adding the Waterlogue pictures from yesterday.  Hedging my bets…

If you like the taste of a lobster stew, served by a window with an ocean view, you’re sure to fall in love with Olde Cape Cod.

Waterlogue 1.4.3 (120) Preset Style = Vibrant Lightness = Auto-Exposure Size = Large Border = No Border
Waterlogue 1.4.3 (120) Preset Style = Vibrant Lightness = Auto-Exposure Size = Large Border = No Border