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Saturday, February 16, 2013


Photographer James Clayton Sattel is passionate about Rhode Island, particularly those shores, crags, and vistas of his home island: Aquidneck.

This week, Jim visits one of Rhode Island's great summer destinations--Narragansett--to capture its moods in the middle of winter. The grey skies and snow-dusted landscape give an entirely different set of outlines to the traditionally blue and green havens. The result? A new and beautiful way of looking at a place you thought you knew

To see more of or purchase Sattel's distinctive views, go here

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Shore snow

Point Judith Light looks particularly atmospheric on this snowy day. I love how the white tones work together in this shot. 

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Who doesn't love Salty Brine, and do we wonder how he'd feel seeing his beloved shoreline covered in snow? He'd probably smile and say, "No school, Narragansett!"

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White church

The historic Narragansett Baptist Church (also known as the South Ferry Church) was built in 1850 by Thomas A. Tefft. South Ferry was a thriving textile village in the mid-nineteenth century, but by 1908 the Baptist congregation moved to a building one-mile away. The church building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.

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Distant lights

Here's an amazing view from URI's Narragansett Bay Campus--the Dutch Island Lighthouse, as close a view one can get except on a boat! In the west passage Narragansett Bay, Dutch Island Lighthouse is a 42-foot brick tower built in 1857. It was built to replace a lighthouse established in 1826.

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Narrow River

Flowing through the Rhode Island towns of North Kingstown, South Kingstown and Narragansett, the Narrow River (originally the Pettaquamscutt River) is a great paddling destination. Even intermediate kayakers and caneoists can easily paddle its entire 6-mile length, from Carr Pond to Rhode Island Sound, in a single day. Looks pretty different in winter, though!

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Narrow River II

The river, which is tidal for much of its length, begins at the Gilbert Stuart Birthplace Museum. Across the street you’ll find a dirt parking lot and a narrow path leading to the river (actually more of a creek at this point).

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Fishermen's Memorial

A peaceful snow blankets the Point Judith Fishermen's Memorial, which overlooks Point Judith, the seawall, Block Island, and the entrance to Narragansett Bay and the North Atlantic. More than a tribute to an industry and the lives of its fishermen, the monument fills a special need for families who have lost a loved one. The memorial will provide a place for family and friends to visit, reflect, and heal. Winter provides an even more peaceful outlook. 

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The fleet

Winter is a particularly difficult season for the fishing fleet, but out they go. Doesn't this Galilee scene look like something from the shores of Alaska? 

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Boat works

Fishermen tend to the details of their boat in the quieter hours in shore. Still, the scene feels as foreboding to me as one out in the squalls. Winter is cruel to the fishing fleet. 

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This wonderful piece of carving has told generations of children that they're nearly to the beach, and he looks a bit somber under a dusting of snow, doesn't he? The 23-foot-high, wooden Indian sculpture on Kingstown Rd is the work of Peter Toth, a Hungarian immigrant. Carved from a single Douglas fir, it was completed in 1982. Two stonemasons from the Narragansett Indians tribe built the base. Here's a great piece of trivia: Toth sculpted 67 Indian statues, including at least one in each state.


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