Contemplating the wind: a mighty and mercurial force of nature.
The Polly Hill Arboretum, at the forefront of horticultural experimentation on Martha’s Vineyard, just keeps on planting.
Laura D. Roosevelt
The Island’s nonprofit land conservation groups: their first protected properties, their different missions, and how they work together.
For centuries ignored, ignited, unwanted, and taken for granted, the Manuel F. Correllus State Forest quietly provides recreation, habitat, and respite for humans and moths alike.
The executive director of the Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank Commission considers what’s happened on the Vineyard over the past twenty-five years and what will happen in the next.
Except for the bridge on State Road over Hariph’s Creek, Stonewall is all that ties Aquinnah and outer Chilmark to the main part of the Island. Roughly a third of a mile long, the berm of Stonewall forms the bottom of a vast, varied, and productive estuary: Menemsha Creek, Menemsha Pond, Nashaquitsa, Hariph’s Creek, and finally, an aquatic cul de sac, Stonewall Pond – named for the barrier of stones that bounds its southern rim.
What makes a pond great? How does a pond earn such a coveted superlative? How does one recognize greatness? An oyster, an oystercatcher, and an oysterman would probably all agree on the greatness of a particular pond, and I think we all know “great” when we see it. An expanse of blue water teeming with fish and fowl certainly qualifies, while the algae-covered tarn across from the 7-11 in my hometown is clearly a little sketchy. But how does one separate great from pretty good?