Window To History
Window To HistoryViewing the historical buildings of the South County museum through the windows of the Canonchet Estate Stable Ruins. Narragansett, Rhode Island
Living in Rhode Island, there are ample views into history. We live in the cradle of the birth of a nation. Visual metaphors of history are so ubiquitous that they are often taken for granted. We cannot afford to take this rich history for granted.
Having two boys in our household gives us a greater appreciation for that history. They are thirsty to learn, and we are anxious for them to learn. On this day, we combined some hiking by the salt marshes with our son's desire to learn blacksmithing. That led us to the South County Museum.
I could not help wandering into the Canonchet Estate Stable.
Bow View Alongside Pier (Select the photo to see in a larger format)
Bow View Alongside PierF/V Heather Lynn at the pier in Galilee
Walking down a pier, a certain respect for a vessel comes over me. I like to observe the lines of the vessel. I assess the condition of the vessel out of reflex. Thoughts of the maintenance, types of power, the thickness of the plate all come to mind. A marine surveyor brought me up (and I became one myself) after all. The automatic analysis never left me.
That marine surveyor-like analysis taught me one thing years later. That is, that there are certain owners who love their vessels. The respect for these vessels shows every time. I try to treat the observance of the vessels with the same respect.
Profile View Alongside Pier (Select th
Snow Flows To Sea
Snow Flows To SeaThe snow on the rocks shapes itself as if water were flowing off the rocks to the water. At Black Point, Narragansett, Rhode Island.
Observing the snow on the rocks points to the natural ebb and flow of the shore. In studying the snow, it appears as graceful flowing water. In a sense, it is.
While the tide is out at this moment in time when the tide comes in and there is a storm, water drums in on these rocks. Over time, the receding waves have worn these rocks as the water seeks its natural level.
The snow has acted as a natural paintbrush to highlight the wave action. The ice shows the natural pools that form. This freezes the scene in place as the dynamic of the clouds move above and the waves below.
Soon, winter will recede as the water has.
"It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it."
~ John Burroughs
Walking to the edge of the woods, stepping over Holly buried in snow, the brightness is stunning. It comes from everywhere at once, unusual in the woods. The loud luminosity surrounds and envelops juxtaposed against the muffled footsteps. Awe-inspiring does not begin to express the feeling.
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Snowy WoodsBright and vibrant fresh snow on a new day at the entrance of the woods in South Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Snow TrailBright and vibrant fresh snow on a new day at the entrance of the woods in South Kingsto
Snow, Clouds & Waves
Snow by the water at Black Point, Narragansett, Rhode Island
Snow by the shore is something that makes one choose. One either enjoys the snow by an area that they consider to be a summer place or not. Either way, the snow remains. I choose to enjoy the snow and the change of scenery.
Walking at Black Point, the scene is spectacular. The rocks covered in snow. Yes, we tread with care. The tide pools take on different hues as they ice over.
The waves still roll in and crash on the rocks. The soft, white clouds above frame the scene in the dying winter afternoon light. The scenes are enjoyable.
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Icy Tide Pools
Icy Tide PoolsSnow by the water at Black Point, Narragansett, Rhode Island
Ripples And Stones (Select the photo to see in a larger format)
Ripples And StonesViewing rocks and stones in the water at Whale Rock Refuge in Narragansett, Rhode Island
Clear waters and the entrance of Narragansett Bay. The remarkable clarity of water found at the shore of Whale Rock Preserve reveals so much.
Among the revealed are stones of a variety of colors and textures. We have questioned this recent clarity and have wondered why this condition exists.
One reason for the cleanliness is the regular tidal current clearing these areas. We theorize that another reason is the relative recency of oyster and mussel farming. Oysters and mussels are bivalve water filters, cleaners, of water. Support for this theory is also the finding of eelgrass in various spots.
No, these photos are not displaying preparation to ascend Santis. These images are from the Ocean House on Watch Hill here in Rhode Island.
There is cross purposing for these Rhode Island Swiss images. I have a post-pandemic invitation to show some of my work in Basel, Switzerland. My photographic work coupled with my late grandfather's artwork from years past. My grandfather is a native son of Switzerland, born outside Basel in Bubendorf. He emigrated to the United States, Rhode Island, in 1900. For many years, my grandfather was a lithographer, general artist, engrosser, and calligrapher.
By the by, if you ever find yourself in the position of taking a gondola ride to the top of Santis, do so. The view is spectacular. In the same vein, if you ever find yourself in a position of ha
Classics. Classic views, classic scenes, classic imagery are concepts that appear around our home. We escaped to take a walk on the beach before a snowstorm and found so much.
The beach in Narragansett, Rhode Island is a few short miles from our home. It's a place that we are familiar with, but it changes a great deal in a short time. Wind and wave of winter storms did not erode but instead shifted the contours of the beach (and more photos to come).
Encapsulating the changes was the shifting of one fence. It captured the sun and cast shadows in a wonderful way. Grasses on the dunes and clouds scudding in the background. A classic view sustaining until summer comes again.
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Narragansett Beach Fence
Rounding Beavertail Point. Passengers on the ship often asked where the "big waves" came from. We would explain that the "big waves" are "groundswells". We considered the groundswells to be a gentle roll, but that is perspective.
There would also be a jovial response of "Portugal". The response is close to accurate. Portugal is almost exactly due east from Rhode Island on Latitude 41° North.
So standing on the shore of Charlestown Beach, as waves rush in our oldest son asks where the waves come from. He's amazed staring off into what seems infinite. I explain that they come from well over the horizon, "Portugal". One part of the earth touching from what seems to be an infinite view. The consideration gives us perspective.
“If you are in a bad mood go for a walk. If you are still in a bad mood, go for another walk.” – Hippocrates
(This blog is a continuation of Walking East At Indian Run Reservoir)
There is a change in the temperament of scenery when shifting from east to west while hiking. The air changes with where one faces the breeze. The light changes as well, becoming brighter as one walks toward the afternoon sun. So too does the attitude of the hiker change.
I was not in a bad mood on this walk as the opening quote from Hippocrates might suggest. But, I found that my attitude having spent the time in thought in the snow had improved nonetheless. Like changing direction from east to west, everything was a little different... and even better than when I started.
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