The Sultries Come to Cape Cod

The sultries have arrived on Cape Cod.

ForestBeachLoop874-BlogIt happens every summer, yet the intensity of heavy moisture-laden air and the effect it all has on the light and the landscape is at once uncomfortable — and beautiful!

ForestBeachLoop873-BlogLast evening the sultry winds were in full force, the ocean was choppy and covered with a drippy haze. I’m not sure which was wetter, the air all around me or the sea out beyond!

ForestBeachLoop875-BlogThe osprey young ‘uns didn’t seem to mind.

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ForestBeachLoop880-BThings seem to slow down to a crawl once the sultries settle in. The marsh gets quieter, even the sounds of summer tourists seem muffled, more subdued. Who would want to move in this heat?

ForestBeachLoop877-BlogWell maybe the crows. They never EVER seem to get tired or overheated. These Three Amigos, a case in point.

ForestBeachLoop878-BlogMe? I am enjoying the photography yet thinking cool thoughts as I lean  toward the delicious days of September.

And in the meantime, trying to take Marmee’s advice of not moving anymore than I have to.

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Sally

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Just Flurries for Cape Cod??

I think someone just heard the news…

Marmee229More “flurries” today for Cape Cod.

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Marmee196B This was not happy news.

Marmee195BThe last time they said “flurries”…

We wound up in a snowglobe.

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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

All Is Well

After a storm, it’s always good to return to the marsh and see that everyone is doing fine and that all is well.

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By the time I headed out last evening on my walk, the sun had returned and everyone seemed to be back on their old familiar perches.

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Even the marsh mallows and hydrangeas looked like they’d found their smiles again.

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The warm, humid magic of late summer here on Cape Cod had once again been restored…

And I think you would have to agree that — all is very well indeed!

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Thanks for visiting me here at Images of Cape Cod!

Sally

Whatever It Takes

Sometimes, getting a particular subject in just the right light or focus, can take a few takes.

Or more than just a few.

Like this morning, as the storm was approaching and the wind was blowing, this tiny song sparrow had a tough time holding  a pose…

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Try as he might, the wind just kept comin’ up behind him and wham! over he’d go!

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But he persevered, as did I

Take 1, take 2, take 3…

And we were rewarded for our efforts at last!

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In photography it simply takes, whatever it takes…

Love these tiny sparrows, they’re so plucky!  🙂

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Thanks for visiting me here at Images of Cape Cod!

Sally

 

Storm Comin’

There’s a storm comin’ to the Cape this morning.

I could feel the wind starting to blow from the moment I got out of the car.

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I love it when a storm’s not far away.

There’s an intensity in the sea as the waves gain momentum, churning up sand, shell and stone.

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A haze fills the air, making everything look almost dream-like. Softer…

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And the birds always know when the weather is turning, too, as they grab a bite to eat and head for home.

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Even the flowers in the marsh seem expectant, opening wide for those warm drops of rain…

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And I love how the beach gets so quiet. A delicious stillness, not a soul in sight.

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This is my ole’ Cape Cod, my home.

An ever-changing, intense world that heal can the soul.

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If you let it…

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

‘Til next time!

Sally