Mt. Rainier and Lenticular Clouds - Dec. 2008 copyright: JMM

September 20, 2011

Cape Cod Canal from the Bourne Side

Bourne Bridge (note the heavy traffic headed on Cape).

There are 3 vista points along the Scenic Highway in Bourne.  In all the years I lived here, I'd never stopped at any of them before. 

No locks required in the Canal.

Sagamore Bridge.

Tons of powerlines to carry the hydroelectric power from the Mirant Plant in Sandwich (formerly known as Canal Electric).

These two windmills just went up on the edge of the Massachusetts Military Reservation.

Sagamore Bridge

You can walk and bike along both sides, from one end to the other.

Hy-Line offers Cape Cod Canal Cruises, which leave from Onset and travel to the other end in Sandwich, and back.  I haven't been since the 1980's.

I shot these the day I went to Scusset Beach.  Tug towing a barge out to the Bay.

Bay side entrance/exit to the Canal.  That's Town Neck Beach in Sandwich on the other side of the breakwater.

Looking back towards the power plant in Sandwich

I had planned on walking this breakwater to the end, but the jetty stones aren't placed in such a way that makes this an easy stroll.  I decided with my bad knees and ankles, I should play it safe, so I bailed on the idea.  

This is the view behind me, looking towards the parking lot for Scusset Beach.

Coast Guard Station Sandwich

My dad owned a boat for a brief period of time in the early 70's and this part of the Canal kind of scared me because it's always so choppy as all the currents meet along with the boat wakes.

When I was visiting in March, I shot a photo of a boat called "American Beauty".  This one is called "Terrapin".  Deadheads, methinks?

The weather was still warm, but there are signs of fall finally showing!


  1. Fabulous tour of the area and the canal.

    I can't believe that people complain about the wind turbines but are quite comfortable with the giant pylons.

  2. I love the photo of the bird flying over water. So pretty!

    A Ladybug's Life


  3. Anonymous1:40 PM

    Beautiful - apart from those bloody stupid windmill things. We caught the tail end of Hurriance Katya in the UK last week. Apparently, they had to turn the wind turbines OFF because it was 'too windy' and they were producing too MUCH electricity. Utterly bonkers!!

  4. Wow, so beautiful! All the blue is just incredible.