MV Obsession

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


Photo A Day Challenge: Ice Blue…

This particular challenge prompted me to revisit pictures from a  cruise to Alaska in 1988. (I took pictures of the pictures so they might be a little grainy).

As the ship sailed into Glacier Bay a small fog bank lifted and there in front of us was Mendenhall Glacier.

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You could hear the glacier groaning and moaning as it inched its way to the bay… the last picture is of ice and snow falling into the water.


One of my favorite pictures is from the helicopter flying over the glacier.


Walking on the glacier.




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Winter Solstice 2018…

Ten years ago in 2008 my daughter Deb, her dog Chappy and I went to our first and only Winter Solstice party. We traveled to the Hudson Valley area of New York, not a long drive for us but a snowy, foggy, very wet one, outside.  Inside there was merriment and food and friends having a good time.



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The solstice this year will be extra special because it will be followed the next day by a full moon known as the Cold Moon, and you might be able to see a meteor shower to boot. CLICK HERE to read more about this.


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.


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.


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 🙂


After The Storm …

In nw New Jersey we got about 10 inches of snow, a drop in the bucket compared to the 3 FEET plus in  other states.

5pm Friday night       –      7am Saturday morning

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To the west     –     to the east

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Breakfast of coffee and oatmeal pancakes with Cookie Butter (thanks Deb).


And then the sun came out.



I hope everyone affected by what has been an historic blizzard, with over 3 FEET of snow  in some areas, are safe and sound.

(CLICK HERE if you’re curious as to what Cookie Butter is, besides being addictively delicious)