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My obsession with Martha's Vineyard.. phototography..genealogy and life in general and this and that…

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Vineyard Februaries…

I’ve been to Martha’s Vineyard in February and I love it.  I love it any time but February is as different from summer on the Vineyard as you can possibly get.

There’s a  cold crispness in the air, the colors are more vivid, the Island is quiet and yet speaks volumes to those who take the time to look, listen and drink in the beauty and wonder that is the soul of Martha’s Vineyard.

February 1989…  a light dusting of snow made everything look like powdered sugar had fallen all over the Island.

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February 1995… no snow that trip but bitter cold. Did not stop me from visiting the Gay Head cliffs in Aquinnah on the western most tip of the Vineyard… or hiking through the woods of Christiantown to visit the tiny chapel there.  (Christiantown link)


I also experimented a bit with black and white film. From top left… Edgartown harbor, Christiantown stone wall..Sengekontacket Pond and South Beach.


February 2007… bitter cold, dusting of over night snow, icy ponds and harbors… and brilliant sunsets.



My birthday is in February and sadly the only one I’ve ever spent on the Vineyard was in 1950 when my beloved godmother, Gertrude Norris passed away. But I’m not anywhere near done having birthdays so who knows what the future will bring 🙂





Favorite Pictures of 2017…

I didn’t take as many photos in 2017 as I thought I did, will do better in 2018.  Here are some of my favorites…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows…

Prompt: Your inspiration this week is windows. Use a window to frame your shot, use a window to give structure to your photo, or make a window itself your subject.


Windows, windows, windows and more windows…

From NYC skyscraper windows, to windows inside a lighthouse, to the porthole window on a ship, to my daughter’s eyes, to the light streaming through a window in St Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC, to the reflection of the sky in the back window of my car… these are my window choices.



Weekly Photo Challenge: Collage…

Ah, collages, what to do, what to do !


A random assortment of some of my favorite photos….

And of course my beloved Martha’s Vineyard



Weekly Photo Challenge: Bridge…

 I couldn’t choose just one, so….

Brooklyn Bridge


Mid Hudson Bridge – George Washington Bridge

New Hampshire covered bridge – bridge of a ship – tourists on a bridge 🙂

Frenchtown Bridge (NJ) – Dingman’s Ferry (PA) bridge – foot bridge

New England bridge – Mid Hudson bridge.



Weekly Photo Challenge: Against The Odds…

This week, share a photo that says “against the odds.


In a weed filled lot on a street corner in the city… against all odds this feisty flower bloomed…




Birthday …

In the 8 and 1/2 years of my blog I don’t recall ever talking about my birthday, that’s about to change.

I was born on Saturday, February 14… Valentine’s Day.  Family story has it that my mother refused to have me on Friday the 13th.  Whether true or not I don’t know but I have always liked being a Valentine.

pizap.com14551502726661I was born in Newark, NJ where my dad was a police officer.  From the age of 6 months I spent all my summers on Martha’s Vineyard where my mother grew up.  What a lucky kid I was.

Out and about for a walk with my Easter bunny in my new Easter outfit.


I was an only child but never a lonely child.

Every year my mother would plan a party for my birthday and every year I’d be sick and it would have to be canceled.  At long last around the age of 9 or 10 I finally had my first birthday party.

I believe that was the first and last birthday party I had until my 50th many, many years later…

pizap.com14551586433181 The group picture is my daughter Deb with dog Jilly, daughter Patty, granddaughter Tiffany and me… we recreated it for Patty’s 50th a few years ago with Deb holding dog Chappy this time.  We’ve definitely all changed a bit I’d say.

And so that’s how birthdays go.  One year after another like clock work they roll around and  give us pause to think about the past ones and the ones still to come.

 DSC_0253 I can pretty much be summed up in this word search Patty made for me.


In the words of Carly Simon…”one number older, another year younger, blow out the candles, happy birthday” 🙂