The views at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary are many and they are breathtaking. I took this photograph from the lookout on the Goose Pond Trail heading out toward the beach. You can see Tri-Island in the distance on the right which is also a fun hike. You may be treated to many shorebirds feeding in the marshes.
In the far distance you can see the white beaches of Wellfleet and Jeremy Point. It doesn’t get much prettier!
The Carolina Wren is such a pretty little bird with a beautiful song that you would recognize anywhere. We’ve had a pair of Carolina Wrens and their family living in our yard, but sometimes we don’t see them for days.
This little guy was loving a bath in our birdbath. I think it was one of the babies from the summer. Cute, don’t you think?
I love the big red berries that emerge from the white flowers on the Dogwood trees. They just don’t seem to go together. The flowers are so pretty and delicate and the berries are huge, about 1″ berries with little bumps all over them, almost like a soccer ball.
Have you ever seen these berries on your Dogwood trees?
The Yellow Mouse-Ear Hawkweed is blooming on Cape Cod. It looks almost like a dandelion, but is part of the Aster family. The plants grows from 4-30″ from May through September in disturbed areas.
I thought this was so pretty with the black background. What do you think?
When we hike at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and want to go out to the outer beach across the boardwalk on the salt marsh, we always look at the tide charts to make sure it is not near high tide. We got stuck last year in February and ended up wading in, rolling up our jeans and holding our shoes. Thank goodness it was a warm day but the water was still pretty cold.
This past summer they have marked where they think the tides will be in the future, as they seem to be getting higher each year.
The first photograph shows the trail looking out to Cape Cod Bay with the beach in the distance. The second photograph shows looking back to the trail from where the high tide comes in now. The years they have marked ar 2025, 2050, 2063 and 2075.
It’s amazing how high the tides might rise with the warming climate.
I have a garden of Zinnias in my backyard which the butterflies love. I saw something flying around the other day and went out with my camera. This Painted Lady butterfly was feeding on the pink Zinnia. He just put his head up and looked at me.
Amazing that you can see his little eyes and nose and mouth. Wow! Have you ever seen anything like that? It was like he was posing for the photograph. Ha!
I have been surprised at how many Painted Lady butterflies there are so late in the season.