I spent the weekend on Cape Cod, known around here as just “The Cape”. I say that because I know I sometimes confuse my African readers with “The Cape”:) This has been a very harsh winter and yet, at last, Spring has arrived.
As always I took quite a few photos, even though many were in the rain. We did have some sunshine. In fact, the second it stopped raining on Saturday I was on my way to Chapin Beach. This beach has tidal flats that stretch out well over a kilometer, but I got there at high tide. I’m not sure if it was the full moon, the north-west wind or what, but I don’t think I’ve seen the tide as high.
One problem with high tide is I had promised Justine at Eclectic Odds and Sods a picture in the sand. Well, the good news was that I had arrived just after the rain so the sand was wet. Also the scouring winds had made a nice smooth pallet on which to draw. Here is the first drawing I did for her (private joke). I redid the drawing later just in case the first didn’t turn out – it’s in the gallery.
As i was walking I heard some high pitched “piping” sounds. I looked and sure enough there was a piping plover. These birds are endangered so if this little one nests they will will rope off part of the beach.
In a nearby salt marsh I saw an osprey landing on a nesting platform. After it landed the one on the platform took off and flew away. If you click on at the picture in the gallery you can see both. Later, at one of my favorite walking locations, I saw quite a few osprey, usually at a distance. One would fly over on occasion and I got a few pictures that aren’t bad, though not as good as I’m sure I’ll get as the year goes on.
In a little brackish water river I saw a pair of swan. When I went to the edge to take pictures they came up close and checked me out. They were so close I couldn’t really get a good picture.
There are also cranberry bogs around. This is a big area for them. The mallard ducks seemed to like to hang out in the cranberries.
It really felt like spring. The spring peepers were out making a lovely racket. The air smelt of spring. I even saw a flower or two. So it has arrived. Note – as usual, click on the pictures for detail.