MARTHA’S VINEYARD 2017 #15

Edgartown

A collage of Edgartown, the prettiest town on the island as far as I’m concerned.

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The Kelly House is one of the nicer hotels.  An Irish style pub is on the bottom floor behind the umbrellas.

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A garden  fountain is behind the Edgartown Inn.

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The Edgartown lighthouse over looks Edgartown harbor.

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A nice place to relax on the front lawn.

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The Harborview Hotel as seen from the lighthouse.

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Some of the multimillion dollar houses that overlook Edgartown Harbor.

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Pathway leading from the lighthouse back to the main street.

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Sailing in Edgartown Harbor.

MARTHA’S VINEYARD 2017 #14

 

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Probably, the most visited lighthouse on the Vineyard is the Gay Head Light in Aquinnah.

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The light alternates from red to white.  All lighthouses have a difference rotation or blinking speed, and different construction to let seamen know what lighthouse they are looking at.  I can see where that would be a big help on a foggy night.

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Years ago, these cliffs were bright red, but over the years erosion has faded the color.

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The beach in Aquinnah is very pretty, but surf very carefully.

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Cormorants like to sun themselves on the rocks.

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Rocks that have fallen from the cliffs are very red.

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The erosion of the cliffs encroached on the lighthouse and it had to be moved back.  They moved it back about 130 feet at a cost of $3,000,000.  There is a program on PBS’s Nova that documents the move.  You may be able to find it by searching PBS and/or Nova on the internet.  It is called “Operation Lighthouse Rescue” and was first aired May, 4 2016.  A DVD of the program is also available.

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By walking around this point in the cliffs, you may be in for a surprise.  It is a clothing optional beach.

 

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It is about a 45 minute walk from the parking lot to where you can see the lighthouse from below the cliffs.

 

MARTHA’S VINEYARD 2017 #13

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As mentioned in our last  post, there is an illumination night in the village of gingerbread houses in Oak Bluffs.  Everyone decorates their houses with luminaries and other decorations.  Starting at around  7:00 pm, there is a community sing in the tabernacle.  T

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Then, at 9:00 pm, at a given signal, everyone turns on their luminaries at the same time. This is a Vineyard tradition that everyone looks forward to.

 

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The fun part is that everyone tries to out-decorate his neighbor.

MARTHA’S VINEYARD 2017 #12

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This is a continuation of the Methodist Campground series.  Above is the Methodist church used for Sunday services.  It is across the sidewalk from the Tabernacle

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Today is just a collection of images of some gingerbread cottages.

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Note the intricate woodwork on all the trim.

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On some of them, the most detailed work is on the upper balcony.

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Each year, they have illumination night.  All the cottages are decorated with luminaries.  There is a community sing and at nine o’clock pm, all the luminaries are lit.  Our next post will have some images of luminary night.

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This is Circuit Ave. in downtown Oak Bluffs.  Both sides of the street are lined with restaurants and souvenir shops.

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Some people are really gung-ho about the Vineyard.

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Usually, these sidewalks are so crowded you  have to step into the street to pass.  I do not know how I got this image with no one in it!

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This biggest attraction in Oak Bluffs is probably the Methodist Campground.  It was started in 1835 during an Methodist revival meeting.  People brought over tents to sleep in.  By 1858, 12,000 people attended.  Wooden platforms were built to accommodate some of the tents.  These platforms later gave way to wooden gingerbread cottages.  At one point, were were as many as 500 cottages.  About 300 remain today.  The big canvas tent in the middle of Wesleyan Grove was replace by the above open-air wrought iron tabernacle in 1879.

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Here are a few examples of the gingerbread cottages.

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They are very cute and fun to look at, but……

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……most of them are not air conditioned and some are built very close together.

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To live here, you really have to get along with your neighbors and not mind the general public and tourists walking up and down the sidewalks and staring into you house!

MARTHA’S VINEYARD 2017 #10

 

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Oak Bluffs, known in the 1800’s as Cottage City, is at the northern end of Martha’s Vineyard.  This is where the ferries come in bringing tourists.  Vineyard Haven, to the west, is another ferry docking point.  This is a green park area where people picnic, fly kites, etc.  Sometimes bands perform in the gazebo.

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I think this is my favorite house on the Vineyard.  It was remodeled a few years ago.  Shortly after that, it burned to the ground.  The contractor came back and rebuilt it again exactly as it was before.

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Another view of the park.

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I’m not sure if this is another piece of “Vineyard art” or just and old junker, but it has been like that for several years.

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A Catholic church in Oak Bluffs.

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The Flying Horses is the oldest platform carousel in the U.S.

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The horses are antiques.

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They do not go up and down – they just go round and round.  It is one of the few carousels that still have the arm that sticks out so the riders can grab the rings.  If you happen to get a brass ring, you get a free ride.

MARTHA’S VINEYARD 2017 #9

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I was inspired to set up this image by a painting I saw by an extremely talented artist on the Vineyard named Heather Neill.

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It’s fun to stop splashing waves with a fast shutter speed.

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Sometimes, a beautiful mermaid will sun herself on the rocks.

 

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Another wave stopped in its tracks.

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This image is self explanatory.  But, I don’t know why people leave their shoes here and walk across that hot sand!  That is why God gave us shoes!  It’s fun to watch people do the Hot-sand dance as they head back to their car.

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This is a ringed bill gull.  There is no such species as a seagull.  They all have their own designation – Ring billed gull, Laughing gull, Black tailed gull, Ivory gull, Great black backed, Gyrfalcon, etc., etc.  In fact, there are more than 20 different species of gulls, but there is no species called “seagull.”  “Seagull” is an all-inclusive term denoting all gulls.

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See, by following my blog, you might learn something.  I learn something every time I post one.

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I love this image.  The green background almost makes the gull pop off the screen.

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A couple of ospreys are guarding their home.

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A great way to spend a few relaxing hours.

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One pastime on the beach is to see how many rocks you can stack.  I did not do this, but the person who did was pretty good!