Labor Day Eve at Forest Beach

It was Labor Day Eve and I wanted to get to the point at Forest Beach before the crowds.

Passing by the far osprey nest I heard a lone chick, still being fed at the nest, crying mournfully for his favorite sushi.


And along the shoreh I discovered new shells scattered on the grainy, sunlit sand; treasures that the sea had washed up overnight.


I heard the voices of two fishermen preparing their lines for what looked to be a full day of fishing.


While an eager Skipper called urgently for the launching of his own vessel; clearly not pleased with the delay.


Just then I noticed a fisherman of a different shape and size, diving and surfacing, diving and surfacing.

And though I knew that his business was all about finding fish, he seemed as curious about me as I was about him!  😉


Further up the beach, sandy-bottomed canoes and kayaks, dragged into the dunes, now awaited their turn at sea…


While chairs set up along the channel; awaited the sunbathers who’d staked out their favorite spots the day before.


Several early swimmers were already taking an early morning dip; their squeals piercing the quiet as they realized that the water was colder than they’d expected.


I arrived at the point at last and sighed a long, deep sigh, Labor Day was finally HERE.

I pulled the quiet stillness tight around me; an old, familiar blanket whose comfort I had been missing for a long, long time.


Out on the flats, flocks of Laughing Gulls, Black-backed Gulls and terns preened and chattered as new arrivals landed every minute.


Two Black-backeds were causing a real ruckus about something or other (as gulls so often do)…


When all at once up popped the cutest tiny Song Sparrow onto the jettie in front of me, whispering, Now what’s all the fuss about?


I got a few shots of the rosehips along the edge of the marsh; ripe and ready for someone with a great jam recipe.


I’d have stayed there all day, yet I knew that the crowds would be moving in.

Heading back along the beach I noticed that my fisherman friend was busy at his fishing still, whiskers to the sea breeze…


And that the Tern families had finished their preenings and were heading for the shoreline and some fishing of their own.


Peeking over the dunes I spotted a large flock of Great Egrets and Snowies, fishing in the tidal creeks.

Our salt marsh ballerinas, and more than usual this year which has pleased me.


Just before the final jettie I met several young Black Ducks, busily jabbed their bills into the frothy waves in search of their own Labor Day breakfast.


Yet as always with Black Ducks who are never too busy to be polite, they wished me the nicest, Good morning! and I did the same.


I simply could not have imagined a better way to welcome the end of summer, out among friends sharing the beauty of the sea.

Happy Labor Day, one and all!

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Late Bloomers

I love the end of summer.

It always seems as if there are a handful of rosa rugosas that have enough “oomph!” at the end of the season to put out juuuust a few more blossoms.


And because they are so few and far between, I think I enjoy them more now than I do all summer long.

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 Best on the Verge of Fall

Welcome to Sunday Best, and as summer draws to a hot, sticky close we have an amazing lineup of contestants for you today!

Contestant #1, such a lovely little female sparrow, basking in a sunset glow — is she House, or Savannah??

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Contestant #2, Baby Bunny, low in grass. I don’t think she can see me.

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Contestant #3, a slightly rumpled Seagull, setting sail in search of unsuspecting crabs!

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Contestant #4, Neon Man, definitely on the fence about summer being over.

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Contestant #5, a gorgeous catbird, insistent that his back side was, indeed, his best side.

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And finally, Contestant #6, a young – and very noisy – Blue Jay, one of our best avian tree ornaments on the Cape.

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Let me know your pick for Sunday Best, and thanks for playing!  🙂

Sally

Summer’s Best

Our “Sunday Best” posts have been a lot of fun this summer.

As a way to mark the season’s end, I’ve pulled together a very special rewind of some of our most popular contestants for one final “Best of Summer” vote!

Are you ready??

Contestant #1, Prayer Rabbit Makes Plea for Cooler Days.

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Contestant #2, Mute Swan Glides on Blue Glass.

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Contestant #3, Charming Squirrel Stuffed with Mushroom.

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Contestant #4, Tiny Goldfinch Adorns Treetop.

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Contestant #5, Great Egret in Black Silk Stockings.

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Contestant #6, Spotted Seal Mugs Camera at Fish Pier.

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Contestant #7, Foxy Red Young’un Trots up Osprey Hill.

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Contestant #8, Solitary Gull, Lonely No More.

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Contestant #9, Great Blue Heron Stands Like Statue.

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Contestant #10, Tiger Tabby Tires of Tourists.

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Contestant #11, House Sparrow Taps Dance on Blue Bug Box.

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Contestant #12, Fledgling Cardinal Fits the Bill.

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Contestant #13, Elegant Eider Paddles to Shore.

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Contestant #14, Song Sparrow Sings a la Pavarotti.

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Contestant #15, Rusty the Green Heron Fishes on Mud Bank.

 

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Contestant #16, Fledgling Osprey Tries Her Wings.

Again, and again, and again.

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And last but never least, Contestant #17, Speedy Sanderling on Sandy Shore.

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As we bid summer a fond farewell, I can’t wait to see who we meet next.

Thanks for visiting me here at Images of Cape Cod!

Sally