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 Snowies Are Here!

I was driving to the marsh last evening, certain that the light was fading much too fast and the air too chill for anything to be out and about.

And then – out of the corner of my eye I saw a flash of white!

A seagull? No, too tall for a gull.

Or could it BE? A Snowy? This early?

I pulled the car over and hopped out, my heart racing and my camera ready.

And there he was, a Snowy! And those glorious white feathers such a contrast to the matted brown marsh grass that framed him. He looked a bit tousled and dazed, and I wouldn’t have been surprised if the Red River creek was his very first stop.

How I have been longing for the these elegant, whimsical harbingers of spring to return. They are for sure one of my very favorite summer marsh companions and I have missed them since their fall departures.

And this clever one spotted me right away, I had but a moment to steady my trembling hands for a shot.

One click, then two, and up, up, and away he flew!

Sailing away with those skinny black and yellow legs trailing behind him, he faded into a pale, cloudless sky and was gone.

Almost as if he’d never been there.

But he sure was.

I’ll be looking for you, dear Snowy, you and all the others as you return to this, your Cape Cod summer home!  😉

 

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Well, Look Who’s Back!

It’s that time of year.

The crocuses are braving the relentlessly raw chill of Cape Cod springtime, pushing their way up, up, up through the sandy soil and pine needles.

You see robins everywhere! Their red breasts so bright and eye-catching that you can’t help but stop and stare as they warn you to “Kindly move along, please, move along, move along.”

The Canadas are gathering to discuss the usual goosely matters – the new nest, the high cost of living on the Cape, the affordability of sending 6 new kids to college.

And oh my yes! The ospreys are back, and it’s as if they never left.

Soaring in over the marsh, circling high in the sky, sending their cries out to announce their arrivals.

But no time for dilly dallying!

It’s time to find your mate…

Pick out a spot for the new nest, stake your claim, and get acquainted.

My heart feels at ease.

The marsh has welcomed our “fish hawks” to their summer home once again.

Their familiar spring rituals have begun.

After a long, quiet winter here on Cape Cod, they sure are a sight for sore eyes.

All is well, all is well. All is truly well.

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