It is the nesting season for American oystercatchers, the harlequin-colored shorebirds with large reddish-orange bills. Shorebird nesting areas are restricted. The photographer was accompanied by a shorebird monitor.

May 19, 2014

The regional high school sailing team traveled to Osterville on Saturday to compete in the New England Sailing Schools Association championship. This is the first year the team has qualified for the championship, which features the top eight schools in New England. 

May 19, 2014

The Edgartown Firemen’s Association welcomed back their 1952 Mack pumper on Sunday with a Fire Museum open house and celebration. The truck arrived on the ferry Island Home late Saturday morning, but the reception was changed to Sunday because of concerns about the weather.

May 19, 2014

Beneath a clear blue sky, children scrambled up the steps of firetrucks and parents peeked inside police cruisers at the West Tisbury public safety building open house on Saturday.

May 18, 2014

The regional high school's prom, sponsored by the junior class, took place Saturday night at Lola's in Oak Bluffs.  Junior Charlotte Potter was named prom queen, with classmates Julia Neville, Anna Reinthaler, Jennifer Rosado, and Ana Rosso elected to the court. 

May 17, 2014

Henry Beetle Hough wrote: "There is a way the air smells on a sunny May morning on the Vineyard, say around six o'clock, while the fresh green grass is still shining wet and the coolness and warmth are blending." We can't agree more.

May 16, 2014

Island naturalist Gus Ben David stopped by the Gazette offices Monday morning with two guests in tow: Eurasian eagle-owlets.

May 12, 2014

The annual Minnesingers spring show debuted Saturday night to a full crowd at the regional high school Performing Arts Center.

May 11, 2014

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Woodrow Wilson proclaiming Mother’s Day a national celebration in the United States. Take mom out for brunch this morning and then a walk with a camera. And if you can't make it outside, enjoy Tim Johnson's photographs of the Island.

May 9, 2014

A burst of color exploded on Circuit avenue Saturday morning as 21 Martha's Vineyard Little League teams proudly sported their jerseys and marched down the avenue towards their final destination, Veira Park. The parade kicked off the 75th anniversary of Little League.

May 3, 2014

You don't have to be very big at all to reel in a big fish at the annual Rod and Gun Club kids' trout tournament, held Saturday morning at Duarte's Pond in West Tisbury. 

May 3, 2014

Opsrey and piping plovers are back, trees are regaining their suits of green, favorite restaurants are reopening and sailors are getting ready to return their boats to the water. This week, rain fell on daffodils and horses grazed in fields that are growing greener each day.

May 3, 2014

The alpacas at Island Alpaca get just one haircut per year, and it's dramatic. Their winter fleece--about three inches thick on a full-grown adult--gets clipped away, showing off their long legs and long necks. Alpacas were bred specifically for this fleece, which is stronger than wool. 

April 27, 2014

As April comes to a close, green buds are appearing on trees and despite spring showers, each day seems slighly warmer than the last. Join photographer Timothy Johnson for a look at Island images in both rain and shine.

April 25, 2014

The Vineyard Conservation Society's 22nd annual Earth Day beach cleanup inspired volunteers to pick up trash at nearly 25 Island beaches Saturday morning.

April 19, 2014

Islanders hit the beaches to honor Earth Day and pick up trash left over from the long winter. The Vineyard Conservation Society sponsored the event for the 22nd year on the Vineyard. Here are some beach scenes from photographer Tim Johnson.

April 18, 2014