Tuesday, June 15, 2010
LIGHTHOUSES AND SOUTH BEACH
Of course, it doesn't take you long to realize if you've seen one, you've seen them all. They are prefabricated of steel and set on a foundation. No one lives in this lighthouse. It sits next to a residential area. Most property owners built for that view of the ocean, sky and light and the views from this bluff are beautiful.
Keeper after keeper decried the shoddy structure as unsafe. In 1938, a hurricane demolished it. The money was appropriated for the new one.
The Children's Memorial Project was placed here, with the names of children who died to be memorialized in stone bricks inlaid around the "light". While there, emotional visitors sought the name of a child they knew and treated the stone with great reverence, brushing away the sand and placing there a flower.
Some of the most beautiful old houses in New England stand sentry to this harbor, some with widows walks from the whaling days of two hundred years ago.
We drove around and viewed some of these stately old homes with lovely yards.
We drove to Katama Beach, on the south side of the island. It was chilly but even so, two people were on the beach.
Just as we were leaving, a bi-plane swooped down but before I could get my camera out, it was out of sight. We saw the ads for a ride on this plane, for $199. Worth it, in my opinion. They are noisy, and cold and acrobatic.
We stopped at Ben and Bill's Ice Cream Shop and enjoyed a delicious triple deck ice cream, but decided we preferred regular fare over the Lobster Ice Cream. The only place on the island to serve lobster as a dessert.
And, we walked again among the painted ladies because they are endlessly charming, to me, anyway. This one seemed appropriate for a light house day.
I never seem to capture a bird photo, but this was my lucky day.