Cape Cod Welcomes Winter Solstice

The weather here yesterday on the Cape was pretty crummy, so I’ve decided to share some of the beauty that I found earlier in the week in the lead up to Winter Solstice!

All week long at Red River Beach the gulls were busy preparing a mighty feast for the arrival of the new season…

Blog-Seagull12

Fluffing their feathers to look their absolute best as the shortest day of the year drew closer and closer.

Blog-Seagull13

Meanwhile, over at Forest Beach, the brants were displaying their own pirouettes and pliés upon the rolling waves…

Blog-ForestBeachLoop707

Blog-ForestBeachLoop708

While the geese in the marsh preferred to herald in the holiday in their customarily quiet celebratory tones.

Blog-ForestBeachLoop709

Mill Landing was peaceful and still, as if the world was holding its breath in anticipation.

Blog-ForestBeachLoop710

A flock of buffles allowed me a rare sneak preview of the dance that they were rehearsing for the grand season opener (amidst more than a little bit of splashing and quackering!)…

Blog-ForestBEachLoop711

As a tiny flock of geese perfected their Zen-like meditations quietly in the reflective shallows of the channel pools.

Blog-ForestBEachLoop712

And even though the weather grew dark and damp as the big day approached, I’ve held onto the beauty of these moments in the marsh and along the shore…

Blog-ForestBeachLoop713A

As everyone, from every corner, awaited the moment when they could finally announce together with one glorious voice…

Blog-ForestBeachLoop713

Welcome, Winter Solstice, one and all!

Blog-ForestBeachLoop714

Thanks for visiting me here at Images of Cape Cod, and Happy Solstice!

Sally

All of A December’s Eve

There’ll be no walk tonight as I listen to the rain on the roof, the cars splish-splashing through the puddles.

But last night my walk was something truly special.

The magic began as soon as I drove past the Red River on my way to the parking lot.

Blog-ForestBEachLoop674

And there he was, all hunched up, soaking in the last rays on this last day of November.

We call him Harry, one of our beloved Great Blues, his smokey blue charcoal-and-black feathers a stark contrast to the marsh grass that frames him this time of year.

Blog-ForestBeachLoop675

Blog-ForestBeachLoop676

Heading back to the car, I couldn’t help but notice these two characters.

I could hear the youngster prodding the older one, saying, “Hurry up! Hurry up! I just KNOW she has French Fries”.

Blog-ForestBeachLoop677

But the older, wiser gull knows me better than that.

Nope! There’d be no French Fries getting tossed from my car.

Just someone who’d coo to him, soft and sweet, and tell him, “Oh, my, what a pretty bird”.

Not something a guy hears everyday. Especially a seagull kinda’ guy.

Blog-ForestBeachLoop678

Still, a guy’s gotta’ eat, and he gave me the feathery eyeball, nonetheless.

Blog-ForestBeachLoop679

I drove on with anticipation to Forest Beach marsh and the glorious panorama that awaited me there.

Blog-ForestBeachLoop680A

One of our Canadian sentries was alert and on duty, telling me that all was well in the marsh tonight.

Blog-ForestBeachLoop681A

This was my favorite kind of autumn evening.

Those smokey clouds in the autumn sky, the setting sun bathing everything in a golden glow as it bid the day adieu.

Blog-ForestBeachLoop682A

It’s truly remarkable that, no matter how many times I make that walk down to the shore and stand there gazing out at the sea toward Chatham Light, it’s like it’s the very first time.

And all I want to do is stay there forever and ever and just breathe….

Blog-ForestBeachLoop683A

But I wasn’t alone in my reverie.

I could see two lovely ladies on the jettie who were enjoying the day’s end, just like me.

Blog-ForestBeachLoop684A

We chatted a bit, as girls do.

One insisted on giving me her advice on the very best way to keep your beak warm when the chill evening breezes blow in off the water.

Blog-ForestBeachLoop685A

I could not thank her enough.

Blog-ForestBeachLoop687A

I passed by Forest Beach marsh from the other side, and looking away out I saw my favorite cutaway, bereft this time of year of summertime dinghies, glowing warm in the sun.

Blog-ForestBeachLoop688

I stopped long enough to chat with these fellas. The Three Amigos, clearly enjoying their Boys’ Night Out!

Blog-ForestBeachLoop689

And heading past several houses already twinkling with Christmas lights, I met this friendly codfish who was telling me I’d better pick up my step if I was going to make it to my final stop before dark.

Blog-ForestBeachLoop690I heeded his warning and before I knew it I was there…

At the Landing.

A place that always feels somehow like my destination. The place where I take that deepest of breaths and let the days’ cares lift up and float away.

Blog-ForestBeachLoop691

And as I headed home I was already dreaming of the beauty that lay just over the hill and around the corner.

In December.

Blog-ForestBeachLoop692

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

‘Til next time, be well.

Sally