Storm’s Comin’ on the Heels of the Full Corn Moon

The night of the full Corn Moon was also the night we knew there was a storm approaching, promising flooding in some areas.

I am usually so cheerful when I am out on a full moon walk, but this time I felt unsettled somehow.

A thick, humid haze hung over the marsh, a stiff wind was blowing and the water was churning with whitecaps.


Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed something moving in the water.


It was the black duck family I’ve been spending time with lately up at Taylor Pond!

Their heads barely above the water, tightly clustered, they were swimming wildly toward me against the current.

Without saying a word, Mama Duck pressed her brood down the channel past me, around the point and out of sight.


Had something happened? Were they okay? There were only three ducklings, and just yesterday I had seen at least six.

You can be sure I’ll be checking in on them, once the storm passes over.

Meanwhile, through the haze I could see one of our osprey juvies perched on the far nest, having his dinner. Totally non-plussed by what was to come.


And a tiny chirp told me that I was not alone.  I turned and was delighted to meet this tiny pine warbler!


I noticed him gulping down the cedar berries like they were going out of style.

I asked him if he was nervous about the storm,  was he eating to calm his nerves?


What berries, who me? Nervous? ME?  he asked.


I decided not press the tiny fellow further, and he went back to his knoshing.

It was then that I began to wonder how the Snowies were faring, what their storm prep like.

You could see them out there in the marsh. Gathering together with wings a-fluttering, vertical leaps into the air and they were —


DANCING.


I sighed.

How I wish that I could learn to be more like the Snowies!!  😉

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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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Coming in for a Landing

There’s nothing I love more than ending my day with a trip to Mill Landing, and yesterday’s visit did not disappoint.

ForestBeachLoop895-BlogThe tide was low, and the Snowies were out fishing for their dinner.

ForestBeachLoop891B-BlogAccompanied, of course, by their buddies the Great Egrets whose tall, statuesque white bodies you can spot from a mile away.

ForestBeachLoop892-BlogThere’s nothing quite like seeing a Snowy poised to snatch a fish from the shallows, backlit with the setting sun…

ForestBeachLoop893-BlogYou just never know what you’ll see when you visit the Landing.

Perhaps a tern eyeballing what the willet’s fixing for dinner…

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ForestBeachLoop845-BlogWhy you might even spot some crazy seagull, buzzing the osprey tower. After all, gulls will be gulls!  😉

ForestBeachLoop894-BlogIt sighed as I turned for home. It had been just the medicine I needed after a hot, hectic day in the studio. A peaceful moment, as always, when I needed it most.

ForestBeachLoop895-BlogThanks for visiting with me!

Sally

 

 

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Storm Comin’

There’s a storm comin’ to the Cape this morning.

I could feel the wind starting to blow from the moment I got out of the car.

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I love it when a storm’s not far away.

There’s an intensity in the sea as the waves gain momentum, churning up sand, shell and stone.

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A haze fills the air, making everything look almost dream-like. Softer…

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And the birds always know when the weather is turning, too, as they grab a bite to eat and head for home.

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Even the flowers in the marsh seem expectant, opening wide for those warm drops of rain…

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And I love how the beach gets so quiet. A delicious stillness, not a soul in sight.

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This is my ole’ Cape Cod, my home.

An ever-changing, intense world that heal can the soul.

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If you let it…

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

‘Til next time!

Sally

Sunday Best, Cape Cod Style

If you had to choose, which one of these Cape Cod birds would you pick for the very BEST, Sunday Best?

And please remember, this is not a vote about the photography, it’s a vote about which of our contestants displays the very best Sunday attire.

Are you ready?

Contestant #1, the mute swan…

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Contestant #2, the cardinal…

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Contestant #3, the eider…

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Contestant #4… The redwing blackbird…

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And finally Contestant #5, the osprey…

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Please cast your vote, the winner will be announced later on today!

Thank you for visiting Images of Cape Cod!

Sally