On January 18, 1903, the first public two-way wireless communication between Europe and America occurred. Communiques between President Theodore Roosevelt and King Edward VII were translated into international Morse Code at the South Wellfleet and English stations and were broadcast.
For fifteen years the South Wellfleet spark-gap transmitter continued in commercial use. Skilled telegraphers sent out messages at the rate of 17 words a minute and station CC (Cape Cod) served , in effect, as the first “Voice of America.” Because of the sea cliff was eroding at the rate of 3 feet per year, the South Wellfleet Station closed in 1917.
You can still go to the Marconi Station in South Wellfleet and see the original wireless. And you can go out on the cliff on a cold winter day and reflect on the event that sparked the birth of global wireless communication.
If you have never been to the National Seashore Visitors Center in South Wellfleet, it is well worth the trip for the whole family. What a piece of history!
This beautiful Red-tailed Hawk, which is probably the most common hawk in North Americ,a was sitting patiently up in this tree by Boat River in Eastham on Cape Cod, eyeing everything in sight.
Red-tailed Hawks soar above open fields, slowly turning circles on their broad, rounded wings. Other times you’ll see them atop telephone poles, eyes fixed on the ground to catch the movements of a vole or a rabbit, or simply waiting out cold weather before climbing a thermal updraft into the sky.
They are such a beautiful bird…
Atlantic White Cedar Swamp Trail in Wellfleet on Cape Cod is a mostly shaded 1.2 mile loop which explores one of the Cape’s few remaining stands of Atlantic White Cedar, located on the former site of Camp Wellfleet, a U.S. Army base.
Early settlers split White Cedar into boards for houses and farm buildings as well as joists, frames, doors, rafters, floors, fence posts and even organ pipes. Being so easy to shape it was very versatile.
This is a great hike for the whole family any time of the year, but make sure you bring bug repellent if you hike it in the summer as there can be many mosquitoes on the boardwalk over the swamp.
The last time I saw a Bufflehead was way out in the ocean off of Coast Guard Beach on Cape Cod many, many years ago. I always loved their black and white coloring and their little diving antics. They are a small, compact duck with a relatively large head.
Male Buffleheads are striking black and white, with iridescent green and purple heads with a large white patch behind the eye. Females are grey-toned with a smaller white patch behind the eye and a light underside.
The name bufflehead is a combination of buffalo and head, referring to the oddly bulbous head shape of the species. This is most noticeable when the male puffs out the feathers on the head, thus greatly increasing the apparent size of the head.
It was such a treat to see these diving ducks so close on the river near my home and so many of them together.
Have you ever seen a Bufflehead?
I loved this black and white photograph of where the ominous sky meets the beach at Boat Meadows in Eastham on Cape Cod.
Boat Meadows is the perfect photo-op on Cape Cod for just about anything from landscape to sunsets. The background is just spectacular.
What do you think?