Monday, June 22, 2009

Cape Cod Marshes

I spent last week visiting my parents in Cape Cod. They happen to live near the Great Marsh, which is the largest continuous stretch of salt marsh in New England. Indulging my love of marsh landscapes I took the opportunity to have a look. They were kind enough to point out many views off the beaten path that I might not otherwise have found.

The photo above is of a boardwalk in Sandwich. The boardwalk is 1350 feet long. Although you can't see it here there are many boards embellished with carved names and messages that have been donated to replace about 1700 planks destroyed by hurricanes.

During one of our marsh walks we observed what was probably an osprey in a nest raised up on a pole in the marsh.

It was cloudy almost all week with the sun breaking through just often enough. It made for some beautiful stormy skies - just my kind of weather.

We also took a road trip to Long Island to see April Gornik's exhibtion at the Heckschler Museum, which I'll post about later on in the week.


Jean Spitzer said...

Sounds like a wonderful visit. I clicked to enlarge the boardwalk photo and could see some names on the boards. We also had skies like that yesterday morning. Very beautiful.

Palmer said...

I look forward to seeing your visit to the Great Marsh translated onto canvas!!

Katherine Kean said...

Jean - I'm glad that you could see them. They are fun to read while walking.

Palmer - me too!

Derek said...

It looked like you had a nice time and saw some striking countryside! The landscape in the area you show here looks "sort of" similar to where I grew up: coastal, flat and marshy, except my area is probably more populated:

Many thanks for leaving a nice comment on my blog! I have another update coming this week, about our recent visit to the famous Sutton Hoo Saxon "Dark Ages" site in Suffolk. That was a brilliant day!

Lynne E. Windsor said...

Hi Katherine, thanks for following my blog. I too love marshes, ... I grew up near the Wash in the UK, not far from Norfolk actually... I love Romney Marsh in Kent a lot! I will post a photo of a sold painting if I can find one of the area.

I shall enjoy reading your blog, but for now, I really need to get back to work!

Your work is very mystical and ethereal. Thanks again... Lynne

Dianne Poinski said...

These photos are beautiful! I really need to get to that part of the country to photograph. The mood reminds me so much of your paintings and I can't wait to see what you create after you get back.

Katherine Kean said...

Hi Derek!

Thanks for the link - I love all the photos. Looks like a beautiful place to grow up.

I'm looking forward to your Sutton Hoo Saxon post.

Katherine Kean said...

Hi Lynne,

Thanks for visiting. I've been a big fan of your work for some time and I'm happy to find that you have a blog. I'd love to see a post of one of your marsh paintings.

Katherine Kean said...

Dianne - thanks! I'd love to see waht you do with it when you get there.

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