The New Summer Lifeguard at Red River Beach

Our new lifeguard at Red River beach flew in late last evening.



I’d say he fits the bill



Wouldn’t YOU??

Happy Memorial Day weekend everybody!!   😉

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Coming Soon – Summer Rewinds

What can I tell you?

I fell in love SO many times this summer.

I saw some of THE most amazing birds, who gave me the gift of allowing me to photograph them. Often at the most unexpected times and places.

I simply haven’t had the TIME to share them with you.

But soon, HOPEfully soon, I’ll have more photos from my summer adventures  to share!!   😉

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The Cat Daze of Summer

You’ve heard of the “dog days of summer”?

Well, we have something similar here, too.


The days are heavy, hot and humid, without a breeze in sight.

Nothing moves much…


At all.


We find it’s better to be  belly up, than not.


All the experts tell us that this will end around August 11th.

But Marmee and I have heard that “tall tail” before.


So we’ll keep you posted.

With paws crossed that cooler days are just around the corner.


And in the meantime, we’ll be doing whatever it takes to keep a smile going under our whiskers.


Whatever it takes.  😉  ❤

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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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Memorial Day, Part IV – Red River Beach

I grew up on Red River beach.

There were four of us kids in the family, and these jetties offered endless hours of nooks and crannies to explore. I remember periwinkles, slimy, squishy seaweed, and yes, more than a few skinned knees! 😉

My fondest memories of Red River beach are actually in the creek behind the dunes.

We’d chase minnows, clamber over the creaky wooden bridge.

Made memories to last a lifetime.

So every Memorial Day weekend, braving the crowds, I make it to Red River beach no matter what.

And even tho’ it was too cold for swimming yesterday, everyone had picked out their favorite spots for the day.

Looking out over the water, I could see more fishing boast heading out to cast their nets. Yet it seems no matter what I intend to shoot, it’s the birds who find my lens, no matter what!!  😉

I was trying to get a shot of these three eiders. They were swimming away so fast that I had to keep refocusing…

And then I found out — WHY!

It seemed like the place was crawling with dogs, all shapes and sizes.

And each one seemed to have their own special reason for wanting to be there, at the beach.

And although it’s a tiny beach, all in all, people are pretty good about the parking rules during the summer.

Still… there’s always ONE in every crowd who has to push the boundaries.

I got the cold shoulder from this little guy when I reminded him that the parking fines go into effect soon.  😉

I found myself smiling as I headed for the car, my head was filled with memories, old and new…

I had just one more stop this Memorial Day weekend, to a very special osprey family that has made their home very near to my own.  😉

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Memorial Day, Part III – Forest Beach

I arrived at Forest Beach and was thrilled to see that our rosa rugosas had bloomed overnight. Like many a Cape Codder, I wait for them all winter.

Taking a look around me, it sure seemed like everyone had gone fishin’!

One of the big commercial fishing boats was just heading out under a full head of steam.

Closer to shore, fishermen in all shapes and sizes were using their own unique methods for hauling in their catch of the day.

I was drawn to one fisherman just beyond the jettie where I was standing.

It was easy to get mesmerized. Spellbound…

By the light on the water. The slow, methodical motions of this solitary fisherman simply going about his work.

It was nice to see that I was not alone in the pleasure of the moment.

Yet as the sun climbed higher and higher, I knew I’d better get a move on to my next stop if I wanted to find a parking place.

On to Red River Beach!

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