Littoral Panoramae

If you have spent any time at the tompostpile, you know that I frequently go the Martha’s Vineyard’s south shore beach, in particular to Quansoo and Black Point Beaches. They are places I have been coming to for almost seventy years.

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Arriving at the shore.

For seventy years I have come, often pausing at dunetop when I make the transition from land to shore. Here in New England there are only so many place where you have a horizon unimpeded by trees. Stop, slowly turn 360°, and the view never fails, whether sunny or stormy, day or night, moon or no moon. Here, the sky is always your companion.

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Eye in the sky.    South Beach, Martha’s Vineyard.

Once, on a moonless summer night, when I turned to look, the fireflies were so numerous that the marsh looked like a great city viewed from an airplane high in the sky.

On late afternoons on sunny fall and winter days, the reeds glow in powerful golds and tans.

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Late afternoon & late fall: Little Black Point Pond with Black Point Pond in the distance. 

Once in a while, a few times a year, when you cross over the dunes you find fresh excavator tracks. That means that the Great Pond has been opened to the sea.

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There will be freshly exposed sand flats.

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There’s plenty to see.

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At the edge of the sea.

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Sundog at Sunset.

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