The jet catamaran ferries tear across the waters between Hyannis and Nantucket Harbor in about an hour. But even with good winds, it's four hours by sail. At night from The Cape, you see the ships reaching out toward the island, their canvases puffed full, and quickly they become black specks. Halfway across, these things can dart from the darkness - WOOOSH! Abruptly they'er there, burly intruders for some moments, the only rectangles and hues against the charcoal sky and waves. Even when, perhaps especially when, their colors are light - the things can intimidate. Glowing ghosts, cloaked in wind. Bulks, hulks, heaving things. And for a moment, as terribly beautiful as night at sea.
DATA: Wednesday, 10/01/06,1:17 PM: Canon EOS 20D, Meter Mode Auto, Exposure Program: Normal, ISO 200, Lens Canon EFS 10-22mm, Focal Length 10 mm, Exposure Bias:-.33, 1/320 at f/11, RAW