Menemsha Details

In the last post we looked at views of Menemsha.

The pictures were in someways superficial.

Everybody loves a fishing village, and boats, and a man and his dog, and of course the sunset. What’s not to like about the luminous intensity of the sunset?

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Menemsha is a place with visual and personal depth. The more you look, and the more closely you look, the more you can see. Below the shack in the photo above, a crate floats in the water of the outgoing tide.

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The surface of the water is smooth, unbroken by wind or wave. Under the surface we see seaweeds and algae covering the rocks and pilings. The surface reflects.

What is making that pattern on the surface?

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Patterns on the surface. 

The patterns are reflections of the shingled wall above…

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In the busy channel to Vineyard Sound, a man and his dog set to sea.

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Age and time have worn away and grown in this old shack.

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Bittersweet vine emerged from missing panes.

Spikes attempt to discourage seagulls from loitering on this piling top.

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Here’s a fine wheelbarrow.

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Even without rain or white chickens, William Carlos Williams would have liked this wheelbarrow.

A sign worn by decades. Weather and sun have eroded the paint to where you can see the brush strokes that went into the formation of each letter.

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I made this sign so long ago that I can’t remember when. But as I looked at the exposed strokes, my hands remembered the feeling of lettering a job like this. 

Some details are ephemeral, gone in an instant.

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There’s a story here, but what?

In an upstairs gable window, a light and a fan.

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Time to head over to the jetty, and to take in the sunset…

We’ll come back with that another time.

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One response to “Menemsha Details

  1. My favorite part of this post?
    “I made this sign so long ago that I can’t remember when. But as I looked at the exposed strokes, my hands remembered the feeling of lettering a job like this.”

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