A Sunday Drive

Do you remember Sunday drives growing up as kids?

On a recent walk down to Mill Landing in Chatham, I came upon a proud pair of Canada geese with their six goslings. They were just gathering the kids together on the banking and herding them slowly down to the water as I approached.

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I think my appearance may have hastened their departure just a bit. Before I knew it they were in the water, and I had to move fast to keep up!

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Dying to see where they were heading, I tagged along.

Papa Goose led the way, ever watchful of me as he kept his family moving, with Mama Goose bringing up the rear.

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I’d had my eye on this particular family of geese since the early Spring. I was surprised to see how much the goslings had grown, some looked like mini versions of their parents already!

Mesmerized by the colors of the shimmering water, I followed the tiny flock down the channel.

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As we got closer to the Landing, there was a parent conference about whether the family was safe to go on, with me there watching. I stopped, patiently waiting to see what the verdict would be…

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I think they sensed I meant them no harm. They pushed on, heading this time closer to shore.

The best part of the drive was when the family pulled into one of the local clam shacks for a quick bite to eat.

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I smiled as I heard two of the little ones squealing, “Hey, that’s mine, I saw it first!

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Papa quickly stepped in to referee…

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While Mama Goose nibbled on one of her own tasty favorites with great delight.

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When everyone’s appetites were satisfied, the family was once again on the move, this time beyond the Landing.

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They were headed for the dock out past the Landing, moving in and out of the lengthening shadows.

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I felt a peace wash over me as I stood watching them paddle away so quietly through the water. Their long necks moving forward and back, forward and back. In perfect, graceful rhythm.

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As I saw them swimming toward a more sheltered spot, something was telling me it was time for me to go.

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They had been so kind to let me join them for a little while. I thanked them all for the very best Sunday drive that I could remember!

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Sally

Happy Birthday, America

I can hear them already outside my window. The steady stream of cars, making their way to Chatham for the big parade.

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It’s the Fourth of July weekend and the official start of summer here on Cape Cod!

After the parade, cars filled with umbrellas, squealing children and floaties will flood the beaches.

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Boats of every size and color will be launched.

Left hand turns will have to wait ’til Labor Day, and the annual battle over parking spaces will begin again in earnest.

Blog-ForestBeach21Traditional fishermen will drag out their poles and tackle boxes. Others, will discover new techniques that work for them (Note the more experienced fisherman in the distant background).

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Five star restaurants will summon the very best seafood chefs around.

Blog-ForestBeachLoop356For me, the Fourth is a day to find the quieter places.

The dirt paths, the out of the way spaces…

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I will follow the birds, the true experts on quiet…

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No matter what your particular tradition or dream might for this holiday, I hope that you find it.

It is worth searching for…

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Happy Fourth of July everybody, and Happy Birthday America!

Sally

Lonely No More

What IS it about seagulls?

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I grew up here on Cape Cod where gulls of all varieties are a part of the landscape, part of living by the sea. I find them familiar, comforting, amusing, beautiful.

Yet some, whose names will not be revealed here, see seagulls merely as scavengers. As bothersome pests.

But picture this scenario…

You pull into a beach somewhere and you see some poor seagull, alone on a wall.

Head bowed, he’s humming that plaintive tune, Lost and alone on some forgotten highway, traveled by many, remembered by few

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This poor guy. Ridiculed and misunderstood his whole life.

You say nothing to him. You have nothing to offer him. Not even a lousy french fry to help cheer him up.

Until…

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Suddenly, out of nowhere, someone lands in his life…

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Someone who looks deep into his beady yellow eyes… and understands him.

Without having to say a single word.

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Together now, they stand and face the world. Looking this way, and then that.

I just love happy endings..

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

Sally

My Cape Cod Girl

Everyone who knows me, knows that my world revolves around a little redheaded girl named Marmee.

Marmee291For those of you who don’t know Marmee yet, I wrote a blog about her a couple of years ago that might help tell the story. I titled it, “The Milliner’s Muse“.

I often post images of my redhead feline on Facebook. Several of Marmee’s fans have asked me to include her in this new blog, Images of Cape Cod.

Well she is, after all, a Cape Cod girl who rocks, fills and inspires my Cape Cod world!

I wonder what she would think of the idea……….

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Well there you have it. We just got the paw’s UP, straight from the girlie herself.

It looks like you can expect to see Marmee here again real soon.

‘Til next time, thank you for visiting Images of Cape Cod!

Sally

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Bunny Bookends Welcome July

The Fourth of July weekend is rapidly approaching, and I was delighted on my walk last evening to see so many new baby bunnies along the edge of the marsh.

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And their Mums, with ever watchful eyes, close by…

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The first tiger lilies had blossomed, a reminder that the heat of July is not far behind.

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New lawn chairs have popped up, too, as Cape residents prepare for their holiday guests who’ll soon be arriving.

And as I passed each dirt path I got my camera ready in the hopes of spotting a lone fox taking advantage, like me, of the evening quiet.

ForestBeachLoop332The hill at Mill Landing is one of my favorite spots. And last night, like always, I got about halfway down, turned and looked back up toward Taylor Pond.

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It takes my breath away. Every time.

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And I mean, everyone!

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After lingering at the outlook for a while, a crow reminded me in no uncertain terms that it was time to head for home.

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I had time just for one more tiger lily…

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And was thrilled to find some daisies who already had their summer guests.

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And as I turned for home…

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THERE he was! One more tiny bunny who almost seemed to say to me, “Hold onto your hats, here comes July!”

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Thank you for coming along with me, ’til next time!

Sally

Welcome to Images of Cape Cod!

Welcome to my new blog, Images of Cape Cod – A Milliner’s Photo Journal!

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I have been blogging now for several years at Hats and Horses about two of my greatest passions, couture millinery and horses.

As the owner/designer of MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® Custom Millinery for Women located here on Cape Cod, I love what I do. The hours are long but the rewards of working with my amazing clients to create amazing chapeaux for equine sporting events, weddings and teas makes it all worthwhile!

As a way to balance my long days in the hat studio and find rejuvenation, I love nothing better than to grab the camera and head for the marsh. From the moment that I smell the sea air, I get “lost” for a while. In the process of snapping pictures, I immerse my senses in the beauty and the magic of this Cape Cod landscape that I call home.

As my passion for photography has grown, I have longed for a place to share the images from the walks that I take.

And so, today, a new adventure begins!

In the days to come, I hope that you will come along with me and enjoy some of the things that I see…

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‘Til next time,

Sally