Sunrise, Edgartown Lighthouse before work

It never gets old, this view. Daylight Saving means I can catch the sunrise before work.

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A Whiteness of Swans

All of the frozen water in this frozen winter has been rough on the birds. I recently counted 23 swans huddled on shore near the only swiftly-moving water in town – a surprising sight, since I’ve seen swans battle over some pond space in more temperate days. I was even inspired to look up the collective noun for swans and learned there are several: an eyrar of swans. A bevy of swans. And my favorite: a whiteness of swans.

 

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I photographed the sleeping swans on my way to the old standby: Cassandra in God light before sunset.

 

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Island Grazing: Neoteny, Goats, and Spring on Martha’s Vineyard

Surely there is no cuter harbinger of spring than a baby goat. Despite the coating of snow and ice still covering all surfaces, the possibility of spring took shape yesterday morning when I had the chance to visit Island Grazing‘s goats to photograph their new kids.

The trouble with goats is that they’re goats – up for adventure.

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Neoteny is a complex phenomenon that explains why a baby goat can both stand within the hour of its birth and also be so ridiculously cute that I want to smuggle one home and keep it a kid forever. Those big eyes! Those little noses! Those soft and fuzzy faces! That gamboling curiosity!

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I had no idea when I arrived that I would be in for a surprise appearance, but this doe went in to labor while I was there (here she is at the start of it).

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And for the duration – what seemed to me to be no more than twenty minutes total of restrained huffing from the first poke of a tiny goat hoof to the emergence of the slick, bleating quiver that was a new goat.

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Here she is, all cleaned up!

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Instinct at work, she finds food at last.

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When I finally pulled myself away from the magical morning, this goat was about to start labor too:

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I never anticipated that my first birth shoot would be for a goat, but the experience was profound to this not-quite-city-girl, never watched a birth except my own (soundless video thereof – a surreal experience itself, for other reasons) girl. I didn’t smuggle a kid home after all, but only just.


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Still Frozen

Some collected scenes from February’s deep freeze month.

After the storm, light through ice left behind. I love this photo, if not the frozen fingers it took to get.

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Off-season on Martha’s Vineyard still holds beauty in its bleakness. And no permit needed for private beaches.

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Morning at Edgartown Harbor: gulls wheeling over the ice.

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I’ve never seen the outer harbor frozen like this. I wouldn’t cross it, but it did cross the harbor.

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When I saw my shadow in the snow, I had to take a second shadow self-portrait…

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…to compare to my original shadow self-portrait – this one in a New Mexico river from a warm summer day. If it looks familiar, it’s because this photo became my logo.

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Thawing Sunday

After the rain and a temperature jump, scenes of fog and thaw amongst still present ice. The impossible seam of sea and sky before the bright band of sunset.

Ocean Park, upside down.

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Ice breaker boat.

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Sea wall balancing for ice bergs still balancing.

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The SSA Martha’s Vineyard floats in to the fog.

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Darkness falling.

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Sunset between the Chops.

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Calm Harbor Edgartown

Whenever the question is whether to stay cozy in my warm bed on the first day of school vacation or to go out before sunrise in the 2 degree weather, the answer is always: put your flannel-lined jeans on over your pajamas, grab your camera, and go.

Still chilly, but a perfectly calm morning down at Memorial Wharf.

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Post-blizzard, post-Valentine’s, Martha’s Vineyard

Early morning, in a lull in the storm, high tide at the Edgartown Lighthouse.

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After a day cooped up inside, we shoveled ourselves out and took a drive.  The snow had stopped, the sun was out, but the wind was still blowing.

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Sun, going down. Beach, clear.

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