Sunday night, we walked into town to have dinner and even in the middle of January, the island was SO beautiful, the harbor was SO alive — I couldn’t help but show you! Reminded once again that the best things in life are free!
Here we are, just three blocks from home in Vineyard Haven, on the town dock at Owen Park. The thing about living on Martha’s Vineyard is the island ambience! You’re always surrounded with shore lapping, rippling water, flags flying, people going in and out of the light at the Steamship Building, the salty smell of the sea. A feast of beauty for the senses.
It’s like we have island props! This bit of horn-blowing ambience is docked in front of the building in the first photo — when we got there, the ferry was loading up, getting ready for the forty-five minute trip across the sound to the mainland. The water moved perfectly to catch the dazzling reflection from the boat windows . . . I can’t even believe we were standing right there, with such a beautiful sight!
Water like glass for the sailboat masts too . . . this is supposed to be winter, but so far, it’s been hovering near the 50’s on most days; clear and cold at night.
And behind us, the lights were beginning to come on in the little houses that hug the shore. But, believe it or not, I saved the best for last . . .
Oh, yes I did! There it is! It’s the night before the full moon — by the time we got to the dock it had made it fairly high in the sky. And there goes the ferry. When we left the house, we really weren’t expecting this, we were just going to dinner. . . but when we saw what was happening . . .
We became moonchasers, compelled to follow the moon, the ferry, the stars! We got the car and drove out West Chop to the Meadow for a clear view of the sound in time to see the ferry steaming toward Woods Hole.
A little further down, we came to the West Chop Lighthouse and there was the moon, giving us a beautiful shot. All of these photos were taken without flash. For some reason, there is a very strong light shining on the front of this house. This photo reminded us of an Edward Hopper painting. But we wouldn’t want to live here . . . who could sleep? See the stars?
Thought you might like to see a daytime photo of the lighthouse (built in 1817) . . . just as wonderful!
Finally back home, and there’s the moon, peeking through the linden trees over the roof of our house.
I think you can see why, first thing the next day, we Googled “time of moon rise on Martha’s Vineyard,” and planned our day around 5:09 pm and the rising of the full “Wolf” moon. When the time finally came, we put on lots of warm clothes and drove to East Chop. We were so worried about being late that of course we got there early and then had to wait, sitting in the car, so excited, as it got darker and darker. We scanned the water line; put the window down, then up; asking each other 10,000 times, “Where do you think it will be?” And, “Do you see a little light over there?” Trying to pinpoint the spot it would rise. And then, finally, “There it is!!!”
Why is this so exciting? I don’t know. But most of what you’re seeing in this photo is just reflection on the water; it’s really a little sliver of a moon, so far, skimming the water line.
And then we were treated to a bit of a light show. . . sparking pink on the water . . .
Then turning yellow. Hello.
Lighting the ocean on fire for one perfect moment in time; how could it get any better than this?
Here comes a fishing boat going home to Menemsha, about to cross the path of the moon; how must it feel to be on that boat?!!! The put-put sound of the engine, the clanging of the rigging, the smell of the sea in the cold wind, the water rushing past the bow, and then, caught by the light of the moon. Lucky!
I hope they did! ♥
So, after taking about 200 photos of this view :-), we got back in the car and drove along the north shore taking more pictures as we went . . .
What a view — I wonder if the owners of this house are inside but turned off the lights to watch this??? I would. And I’d be playing this music too! ♥ Bella Luna!
This is the Edgartown Lighthouse . . . see the red light? It blinks! I can’t believe I was able to get this photo when the blinking light blinked ON!! So wonderful that we are digital now . . . otherwise I would have gone totally broke on the film for this little outing! The shape of the lighthouse is reflected in the light on the water!
And yet, I will publish an out of focus picture like this! But how could I not? We were “coming to” from being moon drunk, and began to notice how beautiful the Edgartown architecture looked in the moonlight, details gleaming white in the dark.
Edgartown is a very pretty little New England town. But it’s a summer town; almost all the businesses close down in the winter, and many of the homes are occupied only during the summer. If you are ever looking for peace and quiet, Edgartown in the winter is the place to go. This is part of the Charlotte Inn, one of the prettiest Inns on Martha’s Vineyard.
And just a block down, the beautiful Federated Church . . . built in 1828; the congregation was established in 1642. But I digress. How can I help it? We brake for sublime beauty.
It was a wonderful drive back to our neighborhood on the other side of the island . . . the moon shined its light on us the whole way, following the curving shore, down main street; and here it was, waiting for us as we pulled into our driveway. ♥
Full moons wake me up…. I think I have thin eyelids or something, because I’ve always been able to sense or “see” light even with my eyes closed! Here’s the moon around 2 am this morning.
If you have my calendar, you already know that Native Americans called the first moon of the year the “Wolf” moon. They had nature-inspired names for all the moons; next month it will be the “Snow” moon. Here’s a Bookmark that includes the dates of the full moons for 2014 and all the Native American names for them. You can print it out and become a moon chaser yourself. It was really fun; next time I’m packing a picnic! I think a soft little roast beef and lettuce sandwich, heavy on the mayo, lots of salt and pepper, would be very nice in the warm car along with the moon shine. (Notice moon shine is two words!)