It’s Summer and the Clambake’s Just Gettin’ Started

Looking out across the marsh last evening you’d never know it was the first day of summer – the sea look gray-blue and mighty stormy.

We’ve had an unusually gray, wet spring thus far on the Cape, worst in a decade they say.

But the clammy clime hasn’t stopped Cape Cod summer fever for those who have come for the clambakes and the water sports.

Nor has it slowed down the ospreys who’ve come for the breeding season…

Which appears to be flying along smoothly thus far with fish aplenty!

The fishing’s been good for another of our summertime guests, too, as we see the great egrets are out there casting their nets each and every day.

Gardeners who’ve been wringing their hands over the damp, sunshine-less spring are starting to see some real signs of hope.

Check out this stunning purple bellflower…

And this drop-dead-gorgeous yellow loosestrife!

On my way home last evening, I heard sounds from deep inside this hollowed out tree; a young flicker calling wildly to its Mum.

And at another tree nearby, this young starling was peeking out its head to wish me an early “Happy summer, Sally, what time’s the clambake”?!

Whether your summer days are filled with play or with work, I hope you all find some time to get outside and see some of the natural wonders of the season.

They’re all out there, just waiting for you!  😉

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High and Dry, Osprey Style

We had a wild ‘n woolly day yesterday here on the Cape – rain, t’storms, wind, the works!

When the sun returned this morning, I grabbed my camera and headed to the South Harwich osprey nest. There I found Mrs. O, the female osprey, perched high on a pole very close to the nest.

Mrs. O was holding her wings outstretched in an arc shape, almost completely still, those beautiful brown tail feathers gleaming in the warm sunshine.

I figured she’d just had a bath, and was enjoying a little “girl time” off the nest. 😉

There, high atop the pole, Mrs. O looked ever-so-gorgeous, regal in fact.

I watched in awe as she preened meticulously and methodically.

Checking all her feathers over once…

And then again…

To make sure they were all getting nice and dry.

I needed to get home to the studio, and as I looked back I caught Mrs. O staring straight at me.

“Say, do you by any chance work for National Geographic?”

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

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Memorial Day, Part V – Ospreys from the South

A family of ospreys have moved into the neighborhood this year, not far from where I live.

I always hold my breath when I see ospreys building their nests near the telephone wires.

Yet they do, and I’ve been watching this pair for weeks now.

There also seem to be tiny sparrows that have either built their nests beneath the ospreys… or perhaps simply use the nest as a convenient supply house for nesting materials.  😉

Yesterday when I pulled in, the female was too low in the nest to spot.

But her mate was perched on a phone pole just yards away.

Looking to his Lady Fair back on the nest, ever watchful.

Ospreys are amazing. So focused, they see everything.

And they must be just about THE best partners in the bird world.

Sharing in every aspect of raising their babies, they face the world together.

Just as an aside… When I take photos, I don’t always see exactly what I am shooting. ‘Til I get into Photoshop.

I’ll never forget the first time I opened a photo of one of these new neighbors, and saw an osprey staring right back at me. I nearly fell off my chair! It sure made me understand what some tiny fish must feel like when one of these “fish hawks” sets their sights on them!  😉

Yesterday as I was heading back to the car I noticed that I could still see the male osprey through the thick boughs of a big pine tree.

On a whim, I decided to see if a photo would work, right from where I stood.

And was nicely surprised by the effect!

Happy Memorial Day, everybody!  ❤

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Memorial Day, Part II – Mill Landing

Mill Landing was my second stop this Memorial Day, and the neighborhood was abuzz with activity!

With the help of some recent sunshine, all the spring flowers were standing up tall and looking their best.

Across the channel, I could see beachcombers out early, hunting for shells.

And beyond them it looked like someone was taking their motor boat out for a first spin.

Above me, Papa Osprey had done well in his hunt for his wife’s breakfast…

Won’t she be pleased….  😉

And this delightful song sparrow popped up behind me with a song in his heart and quite the story to tell!

Yesindeedy, everyone was busy-busy heralding in the new summer season.

All that is, except for one.

Perhaps he’d arrived with the tourists and had jet lag…

Getting started on his summer tan, catching a few rays?

Or maybe he’d eaten too many crab legs and simply couldn’t move!? (Seagulls have been known to do that, now and again.)

In any case I had to move, for the next stop was Forest Beach!  😉

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