Cuttyhunk Closeups

Come closer.

How much more you can see, when you look at less.

What you see from a few inches away can be full of mystery.


What is it?

Coming closer can reaveal color you’d not noticed.


Green streak in the granite. North Shore, Cuttyhunk.

Coming closer to color can show signs of seasons.


Uh-oh, fall IS coming. Winged sumac flashing scarlet. Some call it shining sumac. It’s related to the cashew.

Coming closer can give information.


E. W. Vanduzen’s Buckeye Bell Foundry lasted until the 1950’s. From their 1920 catalog: “We have furnished over 60,000 bells used in churches, schools, and public buildings. We have bells in some of the most remote corners of the world, in Europe, Asia, Australia, South America, Mexico, and a great number in Canada, and in nearly every city, town, and hamlet in the United States.”

From a bell on the ground we go to a fish in the air.


Sometimes you need telephoto to get close to something…from the Cuttyhunk Church website: “The bass weather vane was created by islander Steve Baldwin, in 1971.” The Cuttyhunk Historical Society adds information that the vane was “replaced in 1997 by BillArcher, Mark Brodeur and crew”

You don’t have to ge to church to get inspired.


The persistence and tenacity of life is inspirational. Seen in New Bedford, MA, this grass has struck hold in a tiny accumulation of crud in a crack in a dock, just a few feet above salt water.

Looking closer, and then more closely yet again was how I was able to notice the strong jaws of this leaf-cutter bee.



In closing, we return to another version of the mystery image that began this post.

In the photo description copy is a link that may help you understand what is going on.


While on the way to Cuttyhunk, Richard Gregory-Allen noticed these standing waves in a symmetrical water-filled depression in the floor of the water taxi. The vibration of the boat’s motor caused stationary wavelets that were perfectly “in sync” with each other. Here is a link for more about standing waves…stationary waves are very important in musical instruments.



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