Vineyard stands off the coast of
Cape Cod and the Elizabeth Islands comprising Vineyard Sound and Nantucket
The open Atlantic ocean is seen along much of the island's southern exposure.
Her other shore faces east to Nantucket, across miles of treacherous
sandbars and shoals.
A number of towns share the
island, each with a distinctive identity.
the north facing coast, across from Cape Cod, one finds Vineyard Haven in
Tisbury, Oak Bluffs and Edgartown.
These towns are the core, always bustling with activity any time of year,
each with a distinct personality.
these are the towns of Aquinnah and West Tisbury. Farmland, and open rural
a special part of this secluded area.
Villages such as Menemsha and the Squibnocket region offer distinct views.
These are rural regions where privacy is cherished, and sweeping ocean images are
found around each turn of the road.
In my youth I worked the steamships that served the islands; the Islander and
Nobska, both bound from Wood's Hole, both gone now.
Such wonderful memories of that time. Such wonderful memories of an era past
here on the island.
A simpler time when children dove for coins alongside the
steamships, as passengers tossed them in with glee.
my Cape Dory sloop sailboat is moored in Tisbury, on Lake Tashmoo. From that vantage point
I can watch the world go by, and photograph it,
often venturing out onto
Vineyard Sound in pursuit of the perfect shot.
The currents are swift, and
adequate planning must be made before sailing into the shipping channels with
currents that can push a boat backwards under full sail.
And each time I sail beyond the jetty, I find incredible images
that beg to be captured.
What a beautiful island.