All of A December’s Eve

There’ll be no walk tonight as I listen to the rain on the roof, the cars splish-splashing through the puddles.

But last night my walk was something truly special.

The magic began as soon as I drove past the Red River on my way to the parking lot.

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And there he was, all hunched up, soaking in the last rays on this last day of November.

We call him Harry, one of our beloved Great Blues, his smokey blue charcoal-and-black feathers a stark contrast to the marsh grass that frames him this time of year.

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Heading back to the car, I couldn’t help but notice these two characters.

I could hear the youngster prodding the older one, saying, “Hurry up! Hurry up! I just KNOW she has French Fries”.

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But the older, wiser gull knows me better than that.

Nope! There’d be no French Fries getting tossed from my car.

Just someone who’d coo to him, soft and sweet, and tell him, “Oh, my, what a pretty bird”.

Not something a guy hears everyday. Especially a seagull kinda’ guy.

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Still, a guy’s gotta’ eat, and he gave me the feathery eyeball, nonetheless.

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I drove on with anticipation to Forest Beach marsh and the glorious panorama that awaited me there.

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One of our Canadian sentries was alert and on duty, telling me that all was well in the marsh tonight.

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This was my favorite kind of autumn evening.

Those smokey clouds in the autumn sky, the setting sun bathing everything in a golden glow as it bid the day adieu.

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It’s truly remarkable that, no matter how many times I make that walk down to the shore and stand there gazing out at the sea toward Chatham Light, it’s like it’s the very first time.

And all I want to do is stay there forever and ever and just breathe….

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But I wasn’t alone in my reverie.

I could see two lovely ladies on the jettie who were enjoying the day’s end, just like me.

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We chatted a bit, as girls do.

One insisted on giving me her advice on the very best way to keep your beak warm when the chill evening breezes blow in off the water.

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I could not thank her enough.

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I passed by Forest Beach marsh from the other side, and looking away out I saw my favorite cutaway, bereft this time of year of summertime dinghies, glowing warm in the sun.

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I stopped long enough to chat with these fellas. The Three Amigos, clearly enjoying their Boys’ Night Out!

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And heading past several houses already twinkling with Christmas lights, I met this friendly codfish who was telling me I’d better pick up my step if I was going to make it to my final stop before dark.

Blog-ForestBeachLoop690I heeded his warning and before I knew it I was there…

At the Landing.

A place that always feels somehow like my destination. The place where I take that deepest of breaths and let the days’ cares lift up and float away.

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And as I headed home I was already dreaming of the beauty that lay just over the hill and around the corner.

In December.

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Thanks for visiting me again here at Images of Cape Cod.

‘Til next time, be well.

Sally

 

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

Sunday Best for Supermoon

We have an outstanding lineup for you today here at Sunday Best. All of our contestants were dressed to the nine’s this week in anticipation of Supermoon!

Contestant #1, Mourning Dove perched on a wire. Silent like a statue, glowing gold in the setting sun.

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Contestant #2, Great Blue Heron in tall marsh grass. As you can clearly see, he had much to say about the coming lunar eclipse.

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Contestant #3, Herring Gull, gray and white, black wingtips, yellow bill with red spot on lower mandible, yellow eyes. Adorable pink feet.

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Contestant #4, juvenile Catbird, stunning against the emerging fall foliage by the marsh. Bright-eyed, and definitely curious about me!  😉

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Contestant #5, the beloved Song Sparrow who was determined to give me his very best side. He said this was it, and even added a melodic chirp to the mix!

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Contestant #6, Seagull Whirligig, keeping careful watch over this yard on Forest Beach Road. I only hope my lowly camera skills did him justice.

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And last but never least we have Contestant #7, Downy Woodpecker, shimmying up and down this vine-covered tree so fast it was hard to keep up with him!

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Please tell me your favorite, and as always, I welcome any comments.

Thanks for visiting Images of Cape Cod, hope you get out to see Supermoon!

Sally

Sunday – Best of 6

Hi everybody, it’s time again for Sunday Best!

We had a lot of worthy candidates this week, and here they all are…

Contestant #1, the Seagull, standing tall, ever proud. (Hoping that the wedding party on the beach will be feeling generous with their shrimps and dips!)

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Contestant #2, Little Foal.  Meeting his shadow for the very first time…

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Contestant #3,  a juvenile Yellow Crowned Night Heron, fishing along the muddy banks at Mill Landing. A rare treat in these parts!

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Contestant #4,  it’s Prayer Rabbit’s baby sister, Sam. It sure looks like she’s got something BIG to tell us!

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Contestant #5 is a pair entry. Meet Ribbit and Peeps, getting into position and ready to Do-Si-Do for you!

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And finally, Contestant #6, the statuesque Great Blue Heron. Ahhh, such a gentleman. And a sight for sore eyes all summer long after the harsh winter that took so many.

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And there you have it. Please cast your vote for your favorite, and as always – I love your comments too!  🙂

‘Til next time, thanks for visiting me here at Images of Cape Cod!

Sally