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The Captain Penniman House On Cape Cod.


I always take photographs of the front of the Captain Penniman House at Fort Hill in Eastham, but the back is just as pretty.

“The Penniman House was built at the end of the Victorian Age and styled after the French Second Empire Period (1855-1870). The house was designed by an unknown architect, built by local artisans using the finest available materials, and sited on land purchased from Captain Penniman’s father.

Completed in 1868 for the family’s use while the Captain continued his whaling career, the house included every known comfort and many innovative ideas. The foundation was laid on the existing ground, the basement walls built up, and fill brought in to raise the surrounding land by eight feet. This provided excellent drainage, ensuring a dry basement, and raised the windows of the cupola high enough for the Captain to observe the ships passing in both Cape Cod Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.”

This photograph is the side facing the Atlantic Ocean. So beautiful and interesting, don’t you think?

Pretty Orange Trumpet Creepers Are Still Blooming On Cape Cod.


The vibrant orange Trumpet Creepers are blooming all over Cape Cod! They are a large woody vine with bright reddish orange tubular flowers. They can grow to 12′ tall and bloom from July through September. (Click on blog link to see other photo.)

I took these photographs at Fort Hill by the side of the road driving up to the overlook. You can see, in the 2nd photograph, how tall and bushy they get. Have you ever seen a Trumpet Creeper?

Beautiful Ruby-Throated Hummingbird At Fort Hill On Cape Cod.


We stopped at Fort Hill to see if there were any Monarch butterflies flitting about. I saw several of them by the Trumpet-Creeper wildflowers on the left side of the road going up to the overlook.

As I was clicking away, this female Ruby-throated Hummingbird landed on one of the branches only a few feet away. I only got 2 photos before it took off. What a treat!

Have you seen any hummingbirds this summer?