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…

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

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

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

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

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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!)…

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

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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…

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

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Welcome, Winter Solstice, one and all!

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

Sally

Everyone’s Gone Shellfishin’

Shellfishing season has arrived at Mill Creek here on Cape Cod, and yesterday afternoon the Landing was a-buzz with activity when I arrived!

Almost as soon as I started down the hill…

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I spotted the first fisherman, armed with a long handled rake, waders,  and a big black tub.

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From the looks of his technique, it appeared that he’d done a few times before.

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A lone seagull, circling back and forth overhead told me that he wasn’t  the only shellfisherman hoping for a good haul that night!

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Further out, I spotted a second fisherman trying his luck on the muddy flats.

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He, too, had a buddy who was watching his every move, perhaps hoping to be the recipient of a kindhearted scrap or two!

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A third fisherman was slowly hauling his catch to shore…

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Stopping now and again to check a spot he might have missed…

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Ahhh… sweet success!

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Finally, as the light started to wane, the beach walkers were turning for home…

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And the fishermen were calling it a day, too.

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And as I turned to make my own way home, I had a hunch there might be more than a few fishermen who would sleep very well – and full – that night.  😉

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

‘Til next time!

Sally

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

Mill Landing Silhouettes

I keep getting surprised by how dark it is by the time I get to Mill Landing these days…

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Yet I still find friends there who, like me, are enjoying the dimming light.

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The day’s work is done, and we’ve no more fish to catch.

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Nothing much a body can do…

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Except  enjoy a good scratch…

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Put your feet up…

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And revel in the magic of evening silhouettes.

 

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Thanks for visiting me here at Images of Cape Cod!

‘Til next time, enjoy your view.

Wherever it may be…  😉

Sally