Steppin’ Out with My Baby

Not sure why… but I always seem to hear Irving Berlin’s “Steppin’ Out with my Baby” whenever I see the Snowies in the marsh!

“Steppin’ out with my baby. Can’t go wrong ’cause I’m in right.”

“It’s for sure, not for maybe. That I’m all dressed up tonight!” (Irving Berlin, 1948, Easter Parade)

😉

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New Arrivals

More new Spring Arrivals came in for a landing yesterday, to our foggy Red River marsh.

It never ceases to amaze me how magical the light and colors can be, even on such a dreary day as it was…

Blog coming soon!

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The Snowies Are Here!

I was driving to the marsh last evening, certain that the light was fading much too fast and the air too chill for anything to be out and about.

And then – out of the corner of my eye I saw a flash of white!

A seagull? No, too tall for a gull.

Or could it BE? A Snowy? This early?

I pulled the car over and hopped out, my heart racing and my camera ready.

And there he was, a Snowy! And those glorious white feathers such a contrast to the matted brown marsh grass that framed him. He looked a bit tousled and dazed, and I wouldn’t have been surprised if the Red River creek was his very first stop.

How I have been longing for the these elegant, whimsical harbingers of spring to return. They are for sure one of my very favorite summer marsh companions and I have missed them since their fall departures.

And this clever one spotted me right away, I had but a moment to steady my trembling hands for a shot.

One click, then two, and up, up, and away he flew!

Sailing away with those skinny black and yellow legs trailing behind him, he faded into a pale, cloudless sky and was gone.

Almost as if he’d never been there.

But he sure was.

I’ll be looking for you, dear Snowy, you and all the others as you return to this, your Cape Cod summer home!  😉

 

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Surprised by the Moon

I love a full moon. Watching it ripen into fullness as it slowly pulls us all under its magic spell.

But this year with the humid summery heat that has been so stubbornly clinging to our Cape shores, full moon time really snuck up on me and I almost missed my very favorite one of all – Harvest Moon!

When I arrived at Forest Beach it was clear that everyone was eagerly anticipating the moon’s rise as the sun slowly began its descent.

moon-harvest-sept2016-1-blogThis charming whimbrel informed me that he had postponed his migratory departure just so he could be here for the lunar display.

moon-harvest-sept2016-4-blogThe snowies and cormorants had gathered in the shallows at Mill Landing. They had the best seat in the house by far.

moon-harvest-sept2016-3-blogMeanwhile the setting sun welcomed the moon with a palette of pinky-blue-orange light along the horizon…

moon-harvest-sept2016-5-blogAs the beach grass along the dunes whispered its gentle, rustling harmony.

moon-harvest-sept2016-6-blogAlmost before we knew it, there it was! Peeping up above the horizon like a big gold and red beach ball.

moon-harvest-sept2016-7-blogYou could see the setting sun reflected in the windows of the buildings as the sun exited the stage waving “Goodnight!” to its celestial companion.

moon-harvest-sept2016-8-blogA lonely sailboat tipped its mast to the moon as it rocked slowly back and forth on the darkening waves.

moon-harvest-sept2016-9-blogWhen I turned for a moment to look in the direction of the sunset I noticed a solitary fisherman on the near jettie, celebrating the moment as he cast his line again and again.

moon-harvest-sept2016-10-blogmoon-harvest-sept2016-12-blogTurning for home I felt so rich. Rich in beauty and filled with an old, familiar excitement for the coming quiet of autumn here on the Cape.

And so relieved that I hadn’t missed one of the very best Harvest Moons ever!

moon-harvest-sept2016-13-blogThank you 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…

ForestBeachLoop896-BlogOr a host of daisies catching the last rays of the sun.

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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Monday Best: Snow in Summer

Welcome to Monday Best!

Presenting my pick this week, the Snowy Egrets of Mill Landing!

SnowyEgret-MillLanding24-BlogI saw the large flock of Snowies feeding the other morning down at the Mill. It felt like the first time when I discovered them many years ago. They stole my heart then and here I was captivated by them all over again!

SnowyEgret-MillLanding48-BlogKnown for being vocal, I could hear them even before I spotted them, talking amongst themselves in the shallow channel water as the morning sun backlit their every elegant move. It’s like watching the Nutcracker ballet in the middle of summer!

SnowyEgret-MillLanding39-BlogI must have been photographing at least twenty individuals, each one casting its stunning reflection on the shallow water as they slowly moved forward, sideways, and back again. It was so beautiful that I had all I could do just to hold the camera steady!

SnowyEgret-MillLanding44-BlogAnd it looked like I wasn’t alone in my bird watching!

ForestBeachLoop882-BlogSnowies have a most unique fishing method which seems to fit their personalities to a T. They literally flush out tiny fish below the water’s surface, using their yellow feet to chase them up, up, up and then – gulp! Oh, to be an underwater camera to see those fancy feet so gracefully at work…

SnowyEgret-MillLanding35-BlogSnowyEgret-MillLanding22-BlogSnowies love to hang out in big family groups, and seem to get along quite well.

With the occasional dust up over mates and territory, that is… 😉

SnowyEgret-MillLanding30-BlogI continued to snap picture after picture of these elegant beauties, the water twinkling like diamonds all around them as they fished. I had forgotten all about the heat as these magical snowy creatures transported me to a place in my mind that was cool and calm…

SnowyEgret-MillLanding40-BlogSnowyEgret-MillLanding28-BlogAnd talk about hairdo’s! The Snowies have the hair award, wings down!

SnowyEgret-MillLanding47-BlogThe feathery plumes on their necks and back, called aigrettes, were once used for decorating ladies’ fancy hats. I, as a milliner, am proud to say that I never use any bird feathers in my designs. The feathers that allow these and other birds to soar and fish so magnificently look far better on them than they ever could on my hats!  🙂  (You can read more about this in my blog, For the Birds)

SnowyEgret-MillLanding33-BlogI hated to leave them that morning but it was time to head back to my own “real” job and leave them to theirs ’til next time we’d meet.

Which I am sure, will be soon.  😉

SnowyEgret-MillLanding42-BlogThanks for visiting me here and enjoying these magnificent snowy dancers with me!

Sally

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