Wednesday, June 6, 2012

To survive, they had to be self-reliant...





“Many islanders lived their whole lives on the islands where they were born; there they died and there they were buried.  To survive, they had to be self-reliant, to build their own boats, to raise all of the food they did not take from the sea, to attend to their own sick, and to treat their own injuries...  

There was nothing anywhere that was unnecessary; nothing, whether the work of man or nature that existed without a purpose.”

- Eliot Porter, Summer Island, Penobscot Country (from a battered 1966 copy, about Great Spruce Head Island, Maine)



8 comments:

Chris from New Hampshire said...

Great photograph and quote. So many other conversations about clothing and lifestyle border on skeuomorphism - showing derivative products sold in outlets of stores that borrow motifs from goods that themselves were designed for people to look active or otherwise authentic who were not. Thanks for taking us back to the source.

Greenfield said...

That quote distills what it means to be a Yankee to its essence.

Susan R said...

I absolutely love decoys. My uncle owns his own wood carving business and he's carved some real beautiful decoys. I'll have to see if I can dig up some photos to share. He's won some pretty prestigious awards and is part of the wood carvers guild.

Paisley Curtain said...

Great men and women they were, they did not have the luxury to drive their 4 matic SUVs to the nearest Whole Foods store to get the groceries for the week .

best wishes

Oxford Cloth Button Down said...

Those decoys are beautiful and the quote is the perfect accompaniment.

Anonymous said...

Dear Muffy,

I'm not sure you take requests. And, I know this is off comment, but will you blog about your experience in seaside coastal Mass towns? Duxbury, Nahant, etc., and any others you are intimately familiar with. Thank you. Over these past few months I've thoroughly enjoyed your blog. Thanks.

Topper
(Happy belated bday)

Paul Connors said...

Muffy,

Your pictures are always great and as an avid photographer myself, I was wondering what type of camera do you use? Is it a Point and Shoot or a digital SLR?

Thank you.

Paul Connors

Paul Connors said...

Muffy,

Thanks for the info on your camera. Those little Canon EOS T models take great photos.

Paul