Ready to fly off to New England for our cruise.
We pass over the Red River in NE Louisianna.
The meanderings of rivers are hypnotic ...
... read more about them here: http://www.uh.edu/engines/epi2453.htm
We reach Providence, RI.
Next day: Our Grande Caribe is berthed alongside Blount's Niagara Prince.
The Niagra Prince is now up for sale -- but still a pretty boat.
Our cabin in the Grande Caribe
We set out, leaving the Blount boatworks behind us.
The Blount ship's flag is a paraphrase of the Rhode Island state flag.
We turn east, past the Briston Ferry Light and under the Hope Bridge.
The Bristol Ferry Lighthouse
We turn south again at the Brayton Point coal-fired power plant.
Cormorant flying in ground-effect mode. (See: http://www.uh.edu/engines/epi2874.htm )
House-keeping on one of the many elegant sailboats
The less-than-super-wealthy also enjoy living on the water.
Now we're at Cuttyhunk. A fishing boat returns at twilight ...
... and a young woman enjoys paddle-boarding in the evening air.
Along the unkempt shore are fanciful ad hoc sculptures.
A rabbit bolts out of the grass.
Queen Anne's Lace along the shore ...
... and the Asian flower, Rosa Rugosa, now entering the East Coast, via Nantucket
More shore flowers
Can someone identify this bird for me?
The sun is setting behind the Grand Caribe ...
... sinking behind a hill ...
... and vanishing to leave us in its afterglow.
Fellow pasengers make their way back to the boat...
... to watch the last rays of the set sun.
Next day: Our ship is moored in Nantucket Harbor as we tender into town.
Some fancy yachts harbored in Nantucket
Jethro Coffin House, oldest in Nantucket: 1686
Oldest operating windmill in the USA -- a "turret" mill. The long tail is used to turn the turret to face the wind.
Hedge with a privet tunnel in Nantucket
Flowers on the roof
The Sankaty Head Light, adjacent the Sankaty Head Golf Course
Close look at the Sankaty Head Light
A group on a Sankaty Head Golf Course putting green
Back in a Nantucket Harbor marina
Detail of a cobblestone street in Nantucket
A 2nd-order fresnel light in the Nantucket Whaling Museum