Nature and its Musical Pulse

Nature, and the music that is akin to it, are what sustain and inspire me in my life today.

As I listen this morning to Yo-Yo Ma’s recording of Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, I am realizing how perfectly this composition mirrors what I see and feel and experience every single time I am out with my camera.

As I photograph whatever is in front of me…


I am feeling awed…


Captivated…


And yes, even amused.


And it is different, every time.  ❤

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Black Ducks at Cockle Cove – The Rest of the Story

Some weeks ago I posted this image of three black ducks at Cockle Cove.


I titled it,  Brothers Three.

But what I didn’t share was the rest of the story.

I’d headed over to Cockle Cove marsh that day with the camera, right around sunset time.

And before I even got out of the car I could see them. A family of black ducks, paddling right toward me.


Now anyone who knows me, knows that I never get tired of photographing ducks; paddling, preening, quacking or flying, they are magical to me. I can watch for hours.

And this family was as captivating as any I’d seen.


One of them was even leaving a beautiful trail of bubbles behind in the water as he swam!


At some point, I noticed that several of them were starting to congregate.


I always love it when I can get a photograph that has some kind of interesting symmetry to it.

But, you know how it is when you’re trying to take a family group shot, right?

Someone’s always out of place, not paying attention, messing around.

I was just taking the shot when I noticed that one of them had his eyes closed.


Drats!  It was the brother in the back.

Okay guys, come one now, and I took the next shot —


No, still not quite right, it was hard to see each of them individually, the one in the back almost completely hidden from view.

Okay, let’s try this again.


Nope!  That little guy in the back had closed his eyes again.

Okay everybody, let’s give this one more shot.


Ahhh, success! Each one looked his best, and all eyes were wide open!!

I guess it pays to be a little patient.  😉

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Picture Riddle Photography

Do you remember those picture riddles when you were a kid?

You’d be shown a picture and then asked the question, “Can you find the ______ in this picture?”

Well that’s how it is for me whenever I land at one of my favorite spots like Forest Beach marsh to watch for wildlife.

Once I park the car and get out, I look out at the marsh to see what’s in the picture before me.


At first, unless there’s something really big going on, everything looks pretty still and quiet.

Especially this time of year, with all of the ospreys now gone.


Yet I have learned to be patient.

To let myself relax, unwind a bit. Let my eyes move slowly beyond what’s obvious, along the edges of the marsh, into the shadows.

Some days, I’ll spot nothing. But other times, I’ll notice something that looks a little different – a movement, a color, a shape.

So I zoom in, and there!


A great blue heron who was right there all the time, peeking out through the tall marsh grass along the far edge of the marsh near the woods.

I just wasn’t able to see it at first.


And what a beauty!


Such a nice reward in return for just a little patience, don’t you think?


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

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