Black Ducks at Cockle Cove – The Rest of the Story

Some weeks ago I posted this image of three black ducks at Cockle Cove.


I titled it,  Brothers Three.

But what I didn’t share was the rest of the story.

I’d headed over to Cockle Cove marsh that day with the camera, right around sunset time.

And before I even got out of the car I could see them. A family of black ducks, paddling right toward me.


Now anyone who knows me, knows that I never get tired of photographing ducks; paddling, preening, quacking or flying, they are magical to me. I can watch for hours.

And this family was as captivating as any I’d seen.


One of them was even leaving a beautiful trail of bubbles behind in the water as he swam!


At some point, I noticed that several of them were starting to congregate.


I always love it when I can get a photograph that has some kind of interesting symmetry to it.

But, you know how it is when you’re trying to take a family group shot, right?

Someone’s always out of place, not paying attention, messing around.

I was just taking the shot when I noticed that one of them had his eyes closed.


Drats!  It was the brother in the back.

Okay guys, come one now, and I took the next shot —


No, still not quite right, it was hard to see each of them individually, the one in the back almost completely hidden from view.

Okay, let’s try this again.


Nope!  That little guy in the back had closed his eyes again.

Okay everybody, let’s give this one more shot.


Ahhh, success! Each one looked his best, and all eyes were wide open!!

I guess it pays to be a little patient.  😉

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Merganzers at the Mill

Merganzers at Mill Landing this morning.


I’m not sure what it is about merganzers that takes my breath away.

So used to seeing them fishing alone. Such a lovely group!  🙂

Picture Riddle Photography

Do you remember those picture riddles when you were a kid?

You’d be shown a picture and then asked the question, “Can you find the ______ in this picture?”

Well that’s how it is for me whenever I land at one of my favorite spots like Forest Beach marsh to watch for wildlife.

Once I park the car and get out, I look out at the marsh to see what’s in the picture before me.


At first, unless there’s something really big going on, everything looks pretty still and quiet.

Especially this time of year, with all of the ospreys now gone.


Yet I have learned to be patient.

To let myself relax, unwind a bit. Let my eyes move slowly beyond what’s obvious, along the edges of the marsh, into the shadows.

Some days, I’ll spot nothing. But other times, I’ll notice something that looks a little different – a movement, a color, a shape.

So I zoom in, and there!


A great blue heron who was right there all the time, peeking out through the tall marsh grass along the far edge of the marsh near the woods.

I just wasn’t able to see it at first.


And what a beauty!


Such a nice reward in return for just a little patience, don’t you think?


‘Til next time, thanks for visiting me at Images of Cape Cod!

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New Eyes

I’ve lived here on Cape Cod my whole life.

Yet it wasn’t until I picked up the camera and started pointing it outward, in the direction of all that surrounds me.

Capturing images of things I’d seen a thousand times before.

That I began to see…

With new eyes.

And it’s changed my heart forever.

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The Beach Roses of Cape Cod

The rosa rugosas, our beach roses here on the Cape…

ForestBeachLoop848-BlogAre in full bloom now in the dunes along the beaches. Brilliant in hot pink and white, they accent the landscape like trims on a dazzling Derby chapeau!

ForestBeachCGBldg4-B-BlogFrom afar or up close, they are a sight to behold…

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Sally

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Sunset Surprise

Sometimes…

Just when I think my evening walk is over.

Certain that I’ve squeezed the very best moments out of the day with my little camera.

I walk down to the shore for one last look — and get a surprise, yet again, of a sunset afterglow that takes my breath away.

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And I marvel as I watch all the of gulls rapidly streaming toward the horizon, heading for their own safe harbors for the night.

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But not so fast that they don’t have time for one final glide against a sky too glorious for all of us not to delight in for just a moment more…

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Thanks for visiting me here at Images of Cape Cod.

‘Til next time!

Sally