Meadows of bluebells and daffodils dancing in the spring breeze. No traffic on the Bourne Bridge making the trip from Boston about an hour tops. Empty beaches with first dibs on fresh seaglass washed in from winter storms. The benefits of a trip to Cape Cod in the springtime are myriad, and this photo essay share with you a few of the joys of a visit to Woods Hole at this time of the year.
An hours drive up route 6 from Woods Hole takes you to the Cape Cod National Seashore, a 44 mile stretch of beach preserved by President John F. Kennedy back in the 60's. It's vast scale has to be seen to be believed.
Walking around Woods Hole you will see the swim floats of summer waiting in their safe winter spots.
Overturned row boats line Woods Hole's Great Harbor, with NOAA Fisheries and the Steamship Authority ferry terminal in the background on a warm, calm spring day.
Over winter, the cold water turns Woods Hole's small protected marina called "Eel Pond" crystal clear as springtime brings the small craft back to these wall front moorings.
A musical place, it is not unusual to find a pick up group performing in public places like here at the Woods Hole Fire Station in springtime.
In the springtime, the distinctive sound of rolling bag on asphalt punctuates the air in Woods Hole as students at MBL and WHOI flock back to the area to participate in cutting edge scientific research in some of the best labs in America. (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, University of Chicago's Marine Biological Laboratory and other oceanography and science institutes make Woods Hole the most renowned place for ocean study in the whole US.)