Provincetown Signs

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I’m always on the lookout for interesting signs. Provincetown provides many opportunities.

Provincetown Theatre by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Provincetown Theatre

 

Bad Advice by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Is this sign offering advice?

 

Toys of Eros by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Not your typical hardware store

 

Provincetown Storefront by John Poltrack on 500px.com
I spent so much on this dress I guess I’ll kill myself

 

Toys of Eros by John Poltrack on 500px.com
The sacred and the profane

 

 

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Three Views of Cape Cod

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Good morning, it is a chilly 17 degrees but the snow stopped in time for our first in the nation presidential primary.  I was lucky enough to see a few of the candidates in town meetings and rallies.

Today’s post features three ecosystems in Cape Cod.

Cliff Pond by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Tree by Cliff Pond at Nickerson State Park

 

Mass Audubon
Mass Audubon Sanctuary in Wellfleet, MA

 

5 AM by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Morning at Coast Guard Beach

 

Crepuscular Rays

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For the last several summers at the Cape we have gone on a whale watch aboard the Dolphin Fleet out of Provincetown. We travel out to the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and have always seen at least a few whales. It is just enough for me to be on the water and seeing the interplay of light, sky and water.

Sun on Water by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Returning to Provincetown

 

 

Crepuscular Rays by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Portside view

 

 

Crepuscular Rays by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Crepuscular Rays

 

Marconi Beach

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Brrrr, 16 degrees (-9 C) outside. Many of you have to dig out of snow drifts this morning Surprisingly here in New Hampshire I see bare ground in the back yard which is fine with me.

The photo theme for today is #BeachSunday and I’m including some photos from 2013.  In just 6 months all that snow will be gone and you’ll be on a beach somewhere.

Marconi Beach
I’m not a fan of crowds, but I love the beach. My strategy is to take a stroll until it thins out a bit.
Marconi Beach
Marconi Beach in Wellfleet
Marconi Beach
July 24, 2013

Sunset at First Encounter Beach

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Good Morning, it’s a chilly 37(F) degrees outside. I may already be tired of winter and it hasn’t even arrived. I’ll post a photo taken in warmer days.

I’ve been experimenting with various WordPress blogging themes which give this page its appearance. Themes are style sheets that control the layout of the menus and sidebars. Since this is primarily a photo blog, I was looking for the best way to display images, however I also wanted the functionality of the sidebars. It’s impossible to do both with limited real-estate.

However today I discovered that I enable to image to link to its hosting location which will show the original image. In this photo the image lives in the Google Cloud. So what does this mean to you dear reader.

Simple, if you want to see a larger version of a photo simply click on it.

I’ve only done this with only a couple of  photos but will eventually retrofit more. I’ve added a white border around the enabled photos to indicated that they are linked.Try it and let me know what you think.

…. and stay warm, think summer.

First Encounter
Sunset at First Encounter Beach in Eastham, MA

Flora of Coast Guard Beach

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After folks get off the shuttle and head to the beach, I wonder how many take a look at the plants that line the path. The environment is harsh, pure sand, intense sunlight and salt spray. Not exactly the best environment for plant life.

Rosa rugosa
Beach Rose – Rosa rugosa My favorite rose which I grow in my garden. It has a wonderful scent which sadly has been bred out of cultivated varieties. Probably the most recognizable of the plants that grow in sand.
Lavender Flowers
Unknown Variety – Sometimes it is easy to overlook to small flowers which we usually call weeds, but they have their own beauty.
Unknown Variety – This may be chicory, great color
Juniper Berries – This juniper tree was loaded with berries.
Grapes
Concord Grape – In the mass of plants on the path, grape vines battled bindweed vines for dominance.
snail
The only time to see snails at beach is early in the morning. This fellow is on a grape leaf.
Bindweed
Calystegia (Bindweed). Considered an invasive pest. However seems to help with erosion along the shore.

Flight 11 Memorial Garden – North Truro, Cape Cod

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We had a family reunion at the Cape this year with folks traveling from North Carolina, Maryland, Texas and New Hampshire. My cousins told me that they were renting a house with a 9-11 memorial rock garden.  The owners had a connection with a victim of American Airlines Flight 11 but it was not clear who that was. I visited and took a few photos.

9-11 Memorial
American Airlines Flight 11 from Boston hit the North tower of the World Trade Center at 08:46:40 local time.
9-11 Memorial
Passengers and crew of flight 11
John Ogonowski
Pilot John Ogonowski was a leading advocate on behalf of farming in Massachusetts, particularly in aiding immigrant farmers from Cambodia. He was murdered by terrorists while piloting American Airlines Flight 11. Recently his bother spoke against Kinder-Morgan’s plans to build a natural gas pipeline which would cross part of the family farm in Dracut, MA.
Silk Tree
Silk Tree ( Albizia julibrissia) – One of the plants at the memorial garden
Fishes
The garden had lots of interesting items
green glass
Another corner of the garden
Buddha
Buddha head fountain

French Cable Station Museum

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Come listen all unto my song;

It is no silly fable

‘Tis all about the mighty cord

They call the Atlantic cable.

Bold Cyrus Field, he said, said he,

I have a pretty notion

That I can run a telegraph

Across the Atlantic Ocean

Segment of a poem by John Q. Sax which appeared in Harpers Weekly, September 11, 1858, after the laying of the first Atlantic Cable.

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French Cable Station Museum
This station when it was in operation was the American termination point for a telegraph cable that came directly to Orleans from France. It was called “Le Direct” the direct cable. It was installed in 1898 and was almost 3200 miles long.
Warning sign for the transatlantic cable
This station when it was in operation was the American termination point for a telegraph cable that came directly to Orleans from France. It was called “Le Direct” the direct cable. It was installed in 1898 and was almost 3200 miles long.
Cable samples
Multiple attempts were made to run cables. Many broke from sheer weight suspended from the ship to great depths. They had a copper core and steel reinforced cables.
galvanometer
The signal was so weak after it’s transatlantic journey that a mirror was attached to a galvanometer and a light was projected onto a scale. The light beam would move right or left to indicate dots or dashes.
Mallet Perforator
It was possible to format a message unto a paper tape. By striking one of the three buttons with a mallet a hole would be punched above or below the center of the tape. The center button created a space.
Kleinschmidt perforator
Kleinschmidt perforator – keyboard entry into perforated tape
Cable
Behind the museum is a large spool with some of the original cable
The Long Black Cable
At Nauset Light Beach there is a small hut that was the connection point to the transatlantic cable. Check it out on your next visit.
Cable Hut
The Cable Hut at Nauset Light Beach

Hanging out with the seals at Coast Guard Beach

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The Marine Mammal Protection Act was enacted on October 21, 1972. It has been a success. Years ago it was a rare to see even a single seal and now so many. Of course they also attract a few Great White Sharks. I saw plenty of Grey Seals but NO sharks.

Grey Seals and gulls at Cape Cod
Bird Watchers
Grey Seal
The Grey Seals are a bit wary of humans for good reason. The Marine Mammal Protection Act requires that we give them at least 50 yards of distance. This is a telephoto photo. If threaten they can bite and I’ll guess that would hurt,
Grey Seals resting on sandbar
As the tide recedes the Grey Seals gather around a sand bar. This gives them an opportunity to rest and be protected from predators. In open water they rest by pointing their noses straight up.
Male Grey Seal making a bit of noise
The male Grey Seals make a bit of noise which is quite eerie and can be heard over the sound of the surf