We are descendants of the creatures that picked the shiny pebbles from the river. We love to touch, experience and be part of a community. I love this example of a shiny pebble. The owner of this small shop has created an icon that is experiential, differentiates and tells a story about what you are likely to encounter in the community that he has created inside.
Winter Street Bike
I spoke with the owner a bit before I asked him if I could photograph his bike and he told me that dozens of people take pictures of it every day during the summer. Many of those people also wander in to experience his shop – to experience him and how he sees his world. So, a story extended to the street is no doubt adding value to the people that walk by and the shopkeeper that is attracting new customers.
One of my favorite experiences on Martha’s Vineyard is always a visit to the lighthouses of the island. There is something magical and powerful about a lighthouse and their enduring strength that resists everything that Mother Nature throws at it in order to guide sailors safely home. These are two of my favorites.
Edgartown Lighthouse on Martha’s Vineyard
The lighthouse at Gay Head on Aquinnah, Martha’s Vineyard
The lighthouse at Gay Head is in danger of collapsing into the sea. This image shows the erosion of the Gay Head Cliffs as it approaches the lighthouse. The cost to move the lighthouse is estimated at three million dollars and we only have two or three years to move it until it is unsafe to do the work. This CBS News story is a good overview of the lighthouse and the process to move it.
Taken from the harbor on my iPhone while on a sailing trip around the island. The power and size of the storm is obvious when you compare the size of the un-landed tornado in the top right third of the image with the Edgartown Lighthouse below and to the left of it (its the little white speck).