“Weather Report”


United States
Martha’s Vineyard

Through Harold’s Lens:

Please start Martha’s Vineyard icon Carly Simon’s music first, as you are enjoying the image and lyric essay.
You will receive the full sensual experience of this story.

My old cracked weather radio
Squawked again with static.

“Winds 14
North by Northwest
Sky cloudy
Temperature dropping
42 by 10am.

Incoming tide
Cold day fishermen
Frenzies going on
Blues & Stripers biting
Tight lines”.

Rusty, my old Jeep
Rumbled through curves
Past Vineyard Haven Harbor
Lonely boats and masts
Rocking to the rhythm of the water.

Blue smoke
Trailing Rusty’s rear pipe
Oil again.
The hell with it.

Tackle box . Rattling
Stinky cooler live slimy eels. Secure
Rod . Snug in dirty rags
Reel . Oiled skin smooth
Line. New 20 lb test.

Another cold morning
With my best buddy Jim
On the water
In his rigged fishing boat.

Bloddy Marys at 9
Jokes, puns, laughs.

Cries echo over water
“Fish on”.

From Harold’s Photographic Series on Martha’s Vineyard: “Intimacy of Island Life”

6 responses

    • Thanks Terry. Yes, I miss the ocean. There is a certain ethereal feeling when I am near water. And, f course, the island of Martha’s Vineyard will always be a large part of my heart. It’s fun finally getting to doing this series “Intimacy of Island Life”. I’m really enjoying it. As an FYI, you, with camera and tripod, were about twenty feet away from me on this first morning of the Alison Shaw Photography Workshop.


  1. This is so beautiful, Harold. I am so fortunate to be able to see your work and read your poetry.
    Do you mind me asking…what camera do you use and what lens are you using for these magnificent shots? Thank you.


    • Elke, I never mind someone asking me questions.I am extremely touched that your are enjoying my photography and tales from the Island I will always love. Dearly. I love doing this series “Intimacy of Island Life”. This particular image “Weather Report” was shot with a Nikon D80 camera with a Nikkor 15-77mm f/2.8 lens mounted on a tripod. I only use that camera now as a backup. I currently use a Nikon D300s. Next, moving up to a full frame camera. “Birth Of Dawn” image was shot with a Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 lens and a teleconverter all mounted on a tripod. Hope this helps.


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