Yarmouth, Chapin sunset

My stay at a friend’s Yarmouth Port house on Cape Cod was a quiet respite. I could imagine the locals, permit required, carrying their beach toys and chairs to Dennis Pond in warmer days. Not a time for swimming in October, I took a walk to the pond and beyond most mornings, drove out for lunch and an afternoon wander, and met my kids for dinner at night, in for one of their culinary creations or out for seafood. I heard wild turkeys gobbling in the yard one morning, rooting around in the fallen leaves.

I often look for something to read that reflects the area or culture that I’m visiting. (Reading on the road) In the crammed-to-the-rafters bookstore on the corner, I found a treasure, The Outermost House, written in 1928, a local classic. The author, Henry Beston, spent a year solo in a house perched on the dunes, just south of the Nauset Light (National Seashore). The little house was declared a National Literary Landmark in 1964; a winter storm destroyed it in 1978. Beston’s musings on how humans live with nature, and his lyrical descriptions of the subtle changes in sea and sand, wildlife and weather, sounds and smells, heightened my observations during beach wanderings.

Sunset at low tide along Chapin Beach was magical! We checked the tide calendar predictions to catch the right moment. The low tide on Cape Cod Bay pulls the water out farther than one can see. A group of riders trotted out to soak in the view.

As we turned from the beach once the sun had set, the full moon, the celestial tide shaper, lit the dunescape.

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34 thoughts on “Yarmouth, Chapin sunset

  1. I love the photo of the little cemetery gate with the tree shadow sprawled in front of it. The book you chose sounds like a perfect literary companion for your relaxed stay. Spending a year somewhere quiet and beautiful, just writing and observing the changing nature, isn’t it the best thing one could hope for?

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  2. Cape Cod is truly one of the most beautiful corners of the US! That sunset (or rather, sunsets) looks breathtaking, and to take in that cool, New England glow would be the magical way to end a tranquil day by the waters. 🙂

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  3. I love all your photos but especially the sunset ones and in particular the second and the last ones in your set – the light is just perfect in those 😀 Outermost sounds like the perfect read for your stay too, a great find!

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    1. Thanks so much, Sarah! The sunset was magical – I took a gazillion photos and it was hard to weed them down. The book pointed out many things I would not have noticed otherwise, besides being an enjoyable read.

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  4. I wonder where the horses came from? Perhaps they trailered down from the mainland, because it’s hard to picture a horse ranch on Cape Cod. Also, in the early picture of Dennis Pond, the giant rock almost looks like a hippo lazing in the shallow water. Beautiful photos! Cape Cod sure has a lot of “looks”.

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