This 365 day project features photos that include words (actual or implied),
text, books,
writing, letters and numbers, signs, libraries, and.... well, you get the idea.


day 59 of 365

Signs like this appear every 200 feet or so along a long stretch of private beach fronting million+ dollar homes here on Cape Cod. The public is allowed to walk along this beach, and also do the things spelled out on the sign. Only.

At first my inner child was struck by the term "public fowling" -- sounds a little unsanitary to me. Then I noticed the word "navication" -- a word I had never heard before. If the sign gives me permission to do it, I want to know what it is. I checked the other dozen or so signs along my walk to make sure it wasn't a typo, but all the signs said the same thing. I even came home and looked up the word, but could not find it.

Of course it's meant to say "navigation." I guess in these tough economic times it is simpler to put the signs up as is and be done with it. And since no one lives in these houses for 9 months out of the year, they won't mind, will they?


  1. rlol, they are asking for trouble with that one thats fore sure. I especially like the bottom line, "police take notice"!


  2. I think the word gives us carte blanche

  3. The concept of someone owning the edge of the ocean has always bothered me. Is "public fowling" birdwatching? Seems that interpretation would allow for sitting on the sand with a pair of binoculars for hours on end ;)

  4. Interesting commentary. Love the light in this..the shadows.

  5. Just as Simon said, love the "police take notice"! Made me laugh

  6. Now this is funny, I would have done the same thing... went home and tried to find my answers especially if the police were going to take notice of me doing it! lol

  7. I thought that CA was out of money, but apparently MA can't afford to reprint the signs? That is pretty funny.