And so a few more signs of the season. Last year, my holiday season visit to Provincetown happened at the end of the day, and so I shared a photo of the Lobster Trap Christmas Tree in Lopes Square that looked a little different.
But when I visited yesterday, it was late morning and I made an entirely different discovery about this untraditional holiday tree: during daylight hours, it sings.
Inside this great pile of traps, hundreds of house sparrows have made at least a temporary home against the cold winter winds that blow in off the harbor.
And as the sun shone brightly on it, they were all singing inside.
I was in Provincetown to do a bit of Christmas shopping and I’m happy to report that – while it was little more than a decent start on the whole gift selection process – I accomplished what I hoped to. Of course, it being the season when secrets are, for a few a weeks anyway, just fine, I can’t divulge any more detail to you than that it went well…and it was kind of fun, too.
I was a little sorry I wasn’t able to do more with this photo of the tree at Whalers Wharf. Out the doorway behind the tree (where the brilliant whiteness shines) was the harbor and the edge of the breakwater…but I wasn’t able to reveal it any more than the thin strip you can barely make out.
These clouds over Provincetown’s east end seemed to go on forever, stretching all the way to the northeastern horizon above the sea.
I was back in Orleans by late afternoon, ready to head into the office and stopped by Rock Harbor for a look at the sunset.
Over the past few evenings, I’ve had the opportunity to take a few photos of some of the local Christmas light displays, which I always enjoy. All the practical Grinches may go on about how wasteful it is, to light up the night and indiscriminately use up our precious energy resources.
But mankind has been fighting off the darkness of winter for years and some traditions are hard to break away from, especially when the brightly colored lights can make you feel so good on a cold winter’s night.
Our temperatures are a little more seasonal now, having dropped down into the thirties this evening. Still, it was worth bundling up against the cold to go for a nice walk through the neighborhood, looking at some of the holiday lights closer to home.