Spring Comes in for a Landing on Ole’ Cape Cod – Finally

Well it looks like spring has finally decided to come to Cape Cod to stay!!

The pansies are overflowing the container gardens now, their little faces smiling with delight as they dance in the soft sea breezes.

The daffies have begun to open wide their blossoms, knowing now for sure that there will be no more silly frosts to worry about.

And one of my favorites, the stunning blue glory-of-the-snow, has popped up almost overnight in the small meadow where I walk.

I wait all winter for their bold blue color and tiny white star centers…

And will you look at THIS!

These three brave crocuses decided that sole old broken piece of lattice fence wasn’t going to stop their celebration of spring’s return, no siree!

Isn’t it amazing…

How determined some things are to survive and grow, no matter what life throws at them?

So Happy Spring everybody!  That’s a sure thing now from this ole’ Cape Cod that gets a little less chilly each and every day!  😉

 

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The Beach Roses of Cape Cod

The rosa rugosas, our beach roses here on the Cape…

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Sally

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Perspective

I was in the studio all morning, editing a slew of photos for our “Hats Off to the Horses of Old Friends” fundraiser that kicks off November 1st.

Every time I looked out the window, all Marmee and I could see was an uninviting, uninspiring landscape – gray, grim and damp.

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So after lunch I grabbed my camera and headed to the marsh for a shot of color.

I found it in the marsh where a Great Blue Heron was standing watch…

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I found color along stone walls covered with purple daisies…

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And by the water at Mill Landing where the bittersweet is at its peak and the milkweed alive with its own seeds of change.

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I found even more color along the edge of the woods where just enough light allowed me to catch some true leaf magic.

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And in so many yards where I passed by, even the angels seemed in awe of the color that was popping all around them!

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So even though it sure seemed like there was no color to be had on this gray autumn day…

Maybe all I really needed to do was … get up, get moving and change my perspective just a tad!  😉

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Thanks for visiting me here at Images of Cape Cod, I hope you enjoyed the color as much as I did!

Sally

Doot Doo Doo, Lookin’ Out My Back Door

My hat business is completely unpredictible from one day to the next, so I can’t always get to the marsh as often as I’d like to witness the beauty there.

Sometimes…

I am forced to look for the beauty…

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Right outside my door.

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It’s nothing fancy.

No tambourines or elephants, playing in a band.

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But there sure is beauty.

Doot doo doo, lookin’ out my back door.

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Thanks for visiting me here at Images of Cape Cod!

Sally

From Cape Cod to Virginia

All the way from Cape Cod to Virginia…

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Our hearts are with the families and friends of Alison Parker and Adam Ward today…

Bless you all.

Summer’s Trottin’ Right Along Here on Ole’ Cape Cod

It’s been a tough week. The humidity’s been high and everyone’s been praying for relief.

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I didn’t get much chance to get out walking in the marsh but when I finally did, it did not disappoint.

It seems that in my absence, summer’s been trottin’ right along here on the Cape.

And at a mighty clip indeed!

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The young ospreys seem to be getting the hang of their hover-and-dive fishing techniques.

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‘Though some seem to still need the security of the nest in between flights, their cries filling the marsh as they call to one another from their perches.

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But they are not the only busy ones.

People are out and about, everywhere you look.

Hiking …

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Fishing…

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Sailing…

You can almost feel them squeezing every moment they can out of their dwindling vacation days here on the Cape.

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Peering into gardens as I pass, I notice flower blossoms fading into that “vintage” palette that I love…

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Lovingly tended by some of the best scarecrows I have ever seen!

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There’s a certain deepening and lengthening of the shadows along Mill Landing…

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And you can see changes in the colors of the marsh grass as they do their wiggle-dances across the blue, blue water.

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A few more chairs are now empty, here and there…

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Yes, summer is slowly drawing to a close here on the Cape.

With or without the cooler temps we long for quite yet, the signs of seasons shifting are all there.

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This can be such a reflective time for those of us who know the Cape well…

And as I head for home it seems as if even this swamp rose mallow is giving a warm salute to summer as we all relish these final days of a summertime beauty that is like no other.

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Thanks for visiting me here at Images of Cape Cod!

‘Til the next time,

Sally

Beauty Just Outside

Between the humidity and the pile of work still in front of me, I won’t be heading out on a walk again this evening.

But look what I keep finding, just outside my own front door…

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Color MAGIC!

I soak it all up, like a hummingbird with nectar, and bring it right back into the studio to inspire me and feed my work.

Isn’t the creative life something??

Sally