Going With the Flow at Lambert’s Cove.

What is this?


Yes, this image was heavily altered.

We’ll find out.

Let’s go back to Lambert’s Cove Beach, which we’ve visited several times lately.

You walk down the path to the beach, turn right at the shore, and take a walk.  A stroll of a few hundred yards will take you to a place where Black Brook, one of the Vineyard’s small streams, flows into Vineyard Sound.

You’ll find no delta here, for little material is ever eroded from the watershed of this brook. The freight that this fluid carries is color. The color comes from the steeping of innumerable millions of leaves in the bogs and swamps that feed this flow. Varying rainfall and the passing of seasons yield color that ranges in intensity from weak tea to brownish-black.

The episodes of dark color have caused many a child to prefer the name “Coca-Cola Brook”.

Whatever the name, this little stream is known and loved by many.


Coca-Cola Stream or Black Brook? (Buoy courtesy of our fall and winter storms.)

If you start walking upstream, a short distance from the mouth of the brook you’ll notice a mysterious and cracked boulder, under the wind-tickled surface of the tea-colored water.


What split this stone, and when?

Turn upstream from the split stone, walk streamside, then go over the crest of the dunes. Where might this water might be coming from? You look across a flat, marshy area, with a mix of reeds, shrubs, and invading cedars. The stream turns away from the dunes and heads towards distant woods. The source is some miles inland, in the next town.


Black Brook meanders into the marshy distance.


Reedheads reflect.

If you look down, past your feet to the stream’s edge, there will be textures, waves, ripples and textures under the surface of the water.


Created by the flow of water, some patterns are reminiscent of ridges on your fingers and toes.


The ridges are also like the ventral pleats patterns in the skin under the lower jaws of rorqual whales.

Pressed into the streambed are the footprints of a crossing creature.



The patterns are ever different. The variety of the lines and shapes are produced by variations in water depth, direction of current flow, of current velocity, and of sand characteristics. There are plenty of other factors involved. I don’t even begin to know everything that goes into making these patterns.


Is this Coca-Cola Brook, or are we flying over the Sahara Desert?

At the start of the post was the question, “What is it?”

“It” is a rock in Black Brook. Can you see it?


Flow is right to left. The ridges forms are ordered by water and obstruction. Just below four to six o’clock of the rock is the deepest water and the swiftest flow of current. Here the sand waves are larger and longer. To the immediate left of the rock is a lee where in the calmness the sand lies flat. Sky reflects on the water’s surface.

I think the rock looks a little like the planet Jupiter.

8 responses to “Going With the Flow at Lambert’s Cove.

  1. Beautiful photographs.
    Although I’ve been coming to MV all my life I’ve never seen it like I do through your camera. Thank you.

  2. Sorry, but I think you turn right at the shore, left brings you to Jane’s pond cut, which can be rather deep. I love your posts; they are a meditation on the beauty that we are blessed with.

    • Right you are. Change made, and bless your sharp eyes. Left takes you to the off-again on-again James Pond outlet. I occasionally get my lefts and rights wrong. This was one of those times. Thank you!

    • The brook will be full of happy playing child life, once the weather warms. Spring has been slow this year. Today is 50F, which is seeming warm. Last year at this time the temperatures were about twenty degrees warmer, during the great “heat wave” of 2012.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s