Birds of Grace

Sometimes I cannot believe the birds who grace this tiny lens of mine.

redtailhawk17-blogDo they know how much I need their “wildness”?

hawk3-blogTheir stunning beauty?

redtailhawk11-blogDo they know how I long to fly with them, or sit high as a bird on a wire?

redtailhawk12-blogI respect their wildness more than words can say. I would never want to change them.

redtailhawk15b-blogAnd so, from time to time our paths cross, and we look upon one another.

redtailhawk13-blogWithout planning or purpose, we meet eye to eye.

redtailhawk14-blogI have no idea why they don’t just fly away. Why they allow me to stay with them for a while.

But whatever it is within these amazing creatures that allows me to catch a glimpse of their magic…

redtailhawk9b-blogFor that I am most grateful.

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Summer Winding Down

You can see, smell and almost taste a Cape Cod summer as it winds down.

A humid haze lays thick over everything. And everyone.

ForestBeachLoop904-BlogThe rosehips are at their very best, all orangey-red and ready for picking for those with a fondness for jam.

ForestBeachLoop900-BlogEven the slowest among the osprey “juvies” have mastered the fishing skills they’ll need for the long flights south.

ForestBeachLoop906-BlogJabbering flocks of young sparrows seem to line every telephone pole, delighting us with their melodic runs and winged gymnastics.

ForestBeachLoop909-BlogFragile pink mallows wave in the soft sea breeze, framed by cat o’ nine tails standing tall and watching over them.

ForestBeachLoop-905-BlogThe great blue herons are back, those who left when summer crowds descended, their statuesque frames unmistakable as they peer into quiet pools at dusk.

ForestBeachLoop907-BlogThick bushes of pokeweed, sadly toxic for us, will ripen soon to the delight of every tiny bird along the marsh as they will do their part to scatter the seeds far and wide.

ForestBeachLoop908-BlogFor some, the end of summer is a sad time. Vacations come to a close, it’s time to return to jobs, schools and familiar routines.

For me it’s a time of jubilation as my heart beats a little faster in anticipation of all the sights and sounds of my favorite season awakening…

Blog-Bird42BThanks for visiting me here at Images of Cape Cod!  🙂

Sally

 

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Sunday Nap

There’s nothing in the world like a Sunday nap.

RedTailHawk2-BlogEven a hawk needs to kick back and rest a while…

RedTailHawk3-BlogAnd get ready for the busy week ahead.

RedTailHawk4-BlogThanks for visiting me at Images of Cape Cod, hope you found time for a nap today, too!

Sally

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Sunday Best – Great Egret Sunset

Another busy weekend, but I just had to share my pick this week for Sunday Best.

This Great Egret that suddenly appeared one evening at Mill Landing just as I was about to head for home.

ForestBeachLoop883-BlogA pair of dogs showed up just as he landed so I only had time to snap a couple of quick photos.

But I think you’ll agree…

This is a most deserving winner of a Sunday Best award!

ForestBeachLoop884-BlogForestBeachLoop885-BlogThank you for visiting me here at Images of Cape Cod!

Sally

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Mourning Dove Woes

I met the prettiest little mourning dove last evening.

Perched high up on a telephone wire, she looked unusually worried.

For a mourning dove, that is.

“Just tell me one thing,” she called down to me as she struck a pose.

ForestBeachLoop859-Blog“Does this power line make me look… FAT??”

ForestBeachLoop860-BlogOf course I told her she was PERFECT.

Just as she is.

Power line, or no lower line.

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