Images of Winter Solstice

There was a chill breeze blowing when I made it to the top of the dune at Spruce Hill Beach for the sunset.


It was plain to see that others had already been there before me.


I stood and watched as one wave rolled in after the next, and the next, and the next…


By the time I made it back to 6A the moon was already peeking through the trees.


I had just enough time to get a photo of Old Higgins Farm Windmill.

With that silver of a moon.

On Winter Solstice night.

Snowy Owl – Winter Solstice

This was my first sighting of a Snowy Owl.


Framed by marsh grass and a bleak wintry sky…


He was just about the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen.


And when he turned, he seemed so…

Peaceful.


So aware of everything around him.


At one point he must have spotted something moving in the distance, for he stretched up very, very tall.


Ahh… A flock of Canada geese, honking their way across the marsh.


Where did you come from, my fine Snowy friend?

My head was full of questions and my heart, with pure JOY.

Just then – he turned and looked at me.


It was all I could do to hold the camera steady.

And just like the first time that a Cooper’s hawk looked me straight in the eye…

I knew that I would never be the same.


In the very best of ways.

Happy Winter Solstice everybody!  🙂

Yesterday’s Gift: Winter Solstice

It’s the shortest day and the longest night of the year.

Winter Solstice!

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Whatever that light might be.

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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