There was a lot to smile about this last week! Talking to friends and family. Good times. Good food. Playing with puppies. Walks in the woods. Getting my next book, Embers, loaded into KDP. The list goes on. But I will talk about something odd instead. Maybe some other Introverts out there will understand ;)
I was doing my typical (for when I am on Cape Cod) morning walk on Chapin’s Beach on Saturday. Even though it had warmed up significantly and the wind had died down, I had it to myself. (Note – the best time for walks on the beach are early mornings in the winter.) The tide was coming in and I enjoyed watching the water gobble up the sand flats. The photo below is part of the flats that were gone 5 minutes after the photo was taken. Continue reading →
Hi all! This was a weird week. i was sick. Boo. thinking of “Boo”, it was also Halloween week, the week of my favorite holiday! And I had a birthday. My birthday was on Halloween, which is one reason Halloween is my favorite holiday ;) I spent several days down at the cottage on Cape Cod. Always a great smile there.
Which brings up this week’s smile – Dogs Playing in the Surf.
Late Saturday afternoon we took the dogs down to the beach. It was super windy! But it was reasonably warm, in the low 60s F (around 17 C). Well, not warm, but not cold. Jacket weather, but not coat and gloves. or hats – I always were a hat, but I couldn’t in the wind!
The beach was empty. My guess is that the wind scared everyone off. So we let the dogs run free. Not that they went very far from us – stick close at all times. But they had a blast! The ran, played, fought (play fight) and all of that other stuff dogs do when having a beach vacation. Fiyero spent a lot of time in the water, going under some of the bigger waves! Continue reading →
I spent a chunk of the last week in April on Cape Cod. On one of my walks down a Bell’s Neck in Harwich I watched about a half a dozen osprey hunt/fish. I took well over 200 photos! The sky was awful – it was cloudy and about noon.
My camera also did a weird thing in its focusing and exposure. I have noticed that occasionally some settings will seem to change randomly. Long and short, the exposures were awful for anything not pointing at the water. The sun did eventually come out and a couple of osprey flew by, so I have a couple of “sunny photos”. Continue reading →
This post is about ducks and things of that nature.
Ducks are pretty common. Mot just that, but there are many types of ducks. The most common through most of the year are the mallards. Everyone knows them. We take them for granted, but they are quite pretty. Here are some mallards, though this is an older photo. Continue reading →
I have not done a photo post in ages. I used to do one a week. I’ve been caught up in other things and actually have over 1000 photos from August 2017 – December 2017 that I have not even looked at. It’s hard to go back, but I decided to go through all of photos I took this winter and early spring. Almost all of the photos were from the last two trips to Cape Cod – last weekend (around April 14) and around March 31.
I decided to do four posts. I will make the links “hot” as I put up each new post.
In March of 2015 I took my kayak out for the first time for the year. I kayaked at least once a month every month through the rest of 2015. I was bale to get out in the water in January and February of 2016, so I ended up kayaking at least once a month through all of 2016. And then I was able to get onto the water in January and February of 2017 as well. I figured I had it made.
Mother Nature had different ideas.
See the photo at the top of the page? This is where I kayak. Do you see water? Neither do I. I see only snow and ice.
It is cold. It is very cold. We occasionally have cold snaps like this in late January. We never have cold snaps like this in December!
So I did not kayak in December. I was here a couple of weeks ago, but there were gale force winds the entire time – kayaking in those winds is not the smartest thing to do when the temperature was hanging just slightly above freezing. I decided to wait.
Oh well, I almost made it. I don’t think I’ll get every month in 2018, either. Oh well….
A day swimming at the beach on Cape Cod… in October?
It is October in New England. Summer is a distant memory. We have chill nights and walks in the woods full of color.
Or that’s the way it is most years.
The colors aren’t’ bright this year and the air is warm.
I did a long paddle on my kayak today, ending at South Village Beach in West Dennis, MA. That is on Cape Cod. The beach is where Swan River meets the Ocean (actually, Nantucket Sound). I started up in Swan Pond.
After getting to the beach, I waded in the water, going deeper and deeper. Finally I dunked my head under. And then I swam for about 5 or 10 minutes. I didn’t have a towel, so I air dried.
Remember, this is October in New England.
OK, I hiked Franconia Ridge last November and swam off of Cape Cod this October. I have kayaked every month (on the Cape) for almost 30 months straight. So what will next year bring? Sun bathing in January?