How Well Do You Know the Cape and Islands

Can you tell me where on Cape Cod, Nantucket, or Martha’s Vineyard you might find this beach? If you said, “This doesn’t look like the Cape and Islands,” you are right. If you said, “This is Harbor Island in the Bahamas,” you are absolutely correct.

Part of knowing Cape Cod is knowing when a photo was not taken locally. Our art and editorial department very much liked a lighthouse photo one time a few years ago. They showed it to me and asked if I would like to see it on the cover of Cape Cod LIFE. I looked at it and said, “Great photo, but it is not on Cape Cod or Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket.” They said the photographer labeled it “Cape Cod.” I said it might be on the Buzzards Bay coast, but not on the Cape Cod side. It turns out that it was on Buzzards Bay, but the Marion-Mattapoisett side of the bay. So, we ran it inside the magazine—beautiful, but not on Cape Cod, and therefore not on the cover of Cape Cod LIFE!


We are having fun with our new online photo game, “Where Was This Photo Taken?” Thank you to all who have participated, and congratulations to our winners. Our winners for April, May, and June respectively, were Joan Woods, Scott Schucher, and Ginny Pond. They each won a $100 gift certificate, and there is a new contest with new photos every month. If you can guess 75 percent of the photos correctly, your name is entered into the drawing for a gift certificate good at a Cape or Islands business—you don’t have to go to the Bahamas to cash them in. Nothing against the Bahamas and their beautiful beaches, but that is a long trip for a free dinner.

Some of the photos we have in our online game, including many gorgeous shots, have been submitted by our photo contest participants. This year, we have just added a category to the photo contest: Recognizable Scenes, such as landmarks and village settings. We plan to use some of these in our online photo game in 2014.

We’ve had some fun with historic photos. However, with some of these images, game participants need to be rather discerning. For example, one history shot we had was of Sankaty Lighthouse on Nantucket, taken many decades before the lighthouse was moved back from the bluff to its current, safe location. Another was of the Gay Head Lighthouse in Aquinnah on Martha’s Vineyard. However recognizable this lighthouse is, the historic photo was taken way back when there was a lighthouse keeper’s cottage attached to the lighthouse. “Oh! So that’s what it looked like in the 1800s?” Makes it a little challenging, but still fun.

When you see a shot of a shoreline with high sand dunes and the choices are the four towns on the Upper Cape—Sandwich, Bourne, Falmouth, or Mashpee—most people figure out the photo is of Sandwich. A shot of a very long boardwalk across the marsh, stretching to the beach on the Mid Cape? Your choices are Barnstable, Yarmouth, or Dennis. The answer is Yarmouth.

My son Max, organizer of the online game, is doing a great job of staying a few months ahead with new photos each month. Every day, he shows another photo on our Facebook page and promotes the game on Twitter. Thanks again to all who have played so far. And good luck and have fun to all who have yet to play.

At the risk of repeating myself, I want share a story with you. Back in the 1970s, I had an Instamatic Kodak camera. I took slides and showed slide presentations to my family and friends. All of my slides were of the Cape and Islands. I said to myself, “Self, what if you had a real camera and really learned how to take pictures? If you could figure out a way to share your love of the Cape and Islands with a lot of people—a magazine, for example—maybe you won’t have to get a real job.” For 34 years now, there have been many times when it has felt like a real job, but I still love it. Thank you.

My best,


Brian Shortsleeve, President and Publisher


Brian Shortsleeve

Brian Shortsleeve is the President and Publisher of Cape Cod Life Publications.

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