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A Fresh Angle

With freshly stocked kettle ponds all across the Cape, there’s no time like the present to cast a line and get the first bite of the season.

The Cape’s waters are famous for saltwater fishing, from fighting ferocious blues in the surf to landing lunker stripers into the boat. But tucked behind curtains of pine trees in the Cape’s interior are waters that are equally rewarding for fishermen, although these quiet, often unknown places offer very different fishing from the open ocean. Read more…

Set in Stone

Stone artist and craftsman David Campbell’s artistry is shaped by Cape Cod’s geometry.

At the close of a long day in the brilliant summer sun, David Campbell finds solace in the landscape. A faded cut-off tee shirt exposes the tan, sturdy arms that designed the gardens he’s surrounded by, and built the stone bench on which he’s perched. His build hints at years of work requiring strength and endurance in the outdoors; his demeanor hints at years of relishing the life he’s crafted for himself. Read more…

True Cape Roots

Eastham turnips—those savory, violet-tinged staples of the holiday dinner table—have origins deeper than the soil.

Abbott Schafer Knowles started farming turnips just about as soon as he could walk. He was born in one of the old farmhouses on Locust Road in Eastham in 1905, and he came from a long line of Knowles men—farmers, mostly, and a few nefarious characters dabbling in moonshine. The Knowles farmed turnips. So did the Nickersons and the Kings and the Bracketts. Especially the Bracketts. Until suddenly, they didn’t. Read more…

Harvest Home

As I write this in early August, my vegetable garden is about to burst with tomatoes, squash, and basil. I have so many cucumbers that I plan to make jars of sweet pickles to give to out-of-town guests when they arrive on the Cape for our son’s September wedding. I will also be harvesting some sunflowers for the wedding—one variety that we planted is so tall it towers over my head. It has been an amazing summer for gardening—day after day of warm sunshine, followed by brief cooling showers. It is a perfect recipe for garden plentitude. Read more…

In the Red

The bright red sea of berries seen during the annual flooding of cranberry bogs has become a quintessential delight during Cape Cod autumns. Native to Cape Cod, cranberries were first used as a source of food by the Native Americans, and later, the Pilgrims. The growth of the cranberry industry on the Cape started in the early 1800s, when cranberries were either hand-picked or collected with hand-held scoops. This process continued until the mid-1900s when a walk-behind mechanical dry harvester became a popular—and time-saving—substitute. For information on all things cranberry, go to the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers Association’s website at www.cranberries.org.

In The Red

—Fiona O’Connor

The Privilege of Feeling at One with the Natural World

People ask what it is that I do when I am on the island of Cuttyhunk. My answer: as little as possible! Read more…

Birds of a Feather

In the autumn, Cape Cod is a birdwatcher's paradise.

Last September, Mike O’Connor’s endless curiosity about the bird world and hunger for surprise sent him to Sandy Neck Beach in Barnstable, a birding locale that rarely disappoints. What winged creatures on this fall day would be making their way along the long stretch of sand as they eventually head further south, like so many (human) snowbirds? Read more…

Summer Splendor

Flowering containers abound in the summer on Nantucket. Whether on the island’s famous Main Street or tucked away in winding alleyways, color and texture jump out from the deep shaded lawns of captain’s mansions or accent the plain faces of historic yet modest shingled homes.

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The Wonderful Windowbox

Colorful windowboxes provide touches of beauty to homes and businesses all season long.

One of the joys of summer on Nantucket is the beautiful windowboxes decorating homes on nearly every street. Displays of gorgeous color come alive as soon as the daffodils come into bloom during the island’s annual April Daffodil Festival, when more than 50,000 bulbs burst forth all over this island, attracting visitors from near and far for a popular seaside festival.

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Snapshot of a Stranding

Cape Cod sees more marine mammals wash ashore than anywhere else in the country. Now all that’s left is to figure out why.

Snapshot of a Stranding

Marine mammal strandings have mystified humans for centuries. Last winter on Cape Cod, they continued to capture imaginations and national attention when a record 179 common dolphins stranded on Cape Cod Bay beaches from Sandy Neck to Wellfleet over 36 days between January 12 and February 16. The strandings continued later into the spring, marking 214 and counting this year, compared to an annual average of 38.

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