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?
The grass has all been cut back for the winter and the skies were just gorgeous the other day at Fort Hill. Look at those clouds! I loved this pastoral view from the trail up the hill to the overlook.
What do you think?
This fall has been just gorgeous for hiking here on Cape Cod. We’ve had warm temps, sunny skies and breezy winds. Fort Hill was especially pretty this day, don’t you think? Love those clouds!
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?
Fort Hill is one of our favorites hikes here on Cape Cod. It has so much to see and so much diversity. I loved this photograph of the flowers blooming by the side of the trail.
Have you ever hiked one of the trails at Fort Hill?
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?