Photo Challenge #243

Readers often stump me with Photo Challenge submissions. They send images of places I can’t quite recognize, have not noticed before, or never seen.

But I never thought I’d be stumped by a picture of  Compo Beach.

Until I saw Matt Murray’s shot. His Photo Challenge last week showed an old-fashioned bottle opener — with a box underneath, presumably for the tops — mounted on what looked like wood. (Click here for the photo.)

Matt said it was on a utility pole at Compo Beach, on the Soundview exit road at Fairfield Avenue. I took his word for it.

I’m not the only one who noticed it — though not many have. Kathe Damman, Dan Aron (who lives on Soundview, and walks by it every day) and Michele Whybrow quickly checked in with the right answer.

So now, readers — including myself — want to know:

  • Who put this bottle opener at Compo?
  • Why? Was it a joke, a luxury — or a necessity?
  • And when? Glass bottles have long been banned from that part of the beach.

If you can shed any light on this Great Bottle Opener Mystery, click “Comments” below. And do the same if you know where in Westport you’d find this week’s Photo Challenge:

(Photo/Bill Dedman)

11 responses to “Photo Challenge #243

  1. Robert Mitchell

    Saugatuck River at Ford Road

  2. Newman Preserve on Bayberry.

  3. That’s a really good picture!

  4. I believe Newman Preserve off of Bayberry. A great spot off one of the trails to relax by the water! Peaceful !!!!

  5. Jonathan McClure

    Leigh beat me to it…great photo and spot to relax and enjoy some natural beauty

  6. Mary Lou Cookman Schmerker

    Really interestingly shaped hole in the tree…almost heart shaped. I wanted to guess the Saugatuck River at Ford Road, because it was a favorite as a kid, but knew the trees and foliage did not match. It is a really great picture.

  7. It would be great to post a list of these great spots in town. Even though it’s great that they aren’t too busy.
    I recently found the little section off newtown turnpike Westport or Weston I not sure.

  8. Newman Poses preserve?

  9. It’s at the entrance to the dog park in the back corner of the Westport playhouse parking lot

    Sent from my iPhone

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