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…

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Sally

 

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Sunday Best for Supermoon

We have an outstanding lineup for you today here at Sunday Best. All of our contestants were dressed to the nine’s this week in anticipation of Supermoon!

Contestant #1, Mourning Dove perched on a wire. Silent like a statue, glowing gold in the setting sun.

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Contestant #2, Great Blue Heron in tall marsh grass. As you can clearly see, he had much to say about the coming lunar eclipse.

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Contestant #3, Herring Gull, gray and white, black wingtips, yellow bill with red spot on lower mandible, yellow eyes. Adorable pink feet.

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Contestant #4, juvenile Catbird, stunning against the emerging fall foliage by the marsh. Bright-eyed, and definitely curious about me!  😉

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Contestant #5, the beloved Song Sparrow who was determined to give me his very best side. He said this was it, and even added a melodic chirp to the mix!

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Contestant #6, Seagull Whirligig, keeping careful watch over this yard on Forest Beach Road. I only hope my lowly camera skills did him justice.

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And last but never least we have Contestant #7, Downy Woodpecker, shimmying up and down this vine-covered tree so fast it was hard to keep up with him!

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Please tell me your favorite, and as always, I welcome any comments.

Thanks for visiting Images of Cape Cod, hope you get out to see Supermoon!

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

Sunday Best, Take 6

Good morning and welcome to Sunday Best here at Images of Cape Cod!

I have 6 worthy contestants for you today and I am excited to present them to you, one by one.

Contestant #1, the Great Egret, seen earlier this week soaring out beyond the channel at Mill Landing as if pulled by the sea.

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Contestant #2, this Green Heron, standing up on tippy toes as tall and bright-eyed as any I’ve ever seen!

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Contestant #3, the Kingfisher surveying his domain from on high, scolding me as always because I stayed too long to admire…  😉

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Contestant #4, the tiny Song Sparrow, ever present in the marsh when I arrive and when I leave, whose tiny frame belies his glorious Pavarotti tones.

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Contestant #5, this slate gray Bullfrog seen right outside my door this week, clearly enjoying his Saturday off.

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And finally Contestant #6, the noble Seagull with his keen eagle eye, scoping the calm waters for any signs of dinner!

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There you have them, your lineup for today.

Pick your favorite and let me know it in the Reply/Comment box.

Happy Sunday!

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