Tag Archives: Cape Cod

Pretty Pink Swamp Rose-Mallow Wildflower At Fort Hill On Cape Cod

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have always loved seeing the Swamp Rose-Mallow wildflowers by the beaches in Connecticut and on Cape Cod. We called them “Marshmallows” when we were growing up, even though they come in pink or white. The were abundant around the ponds by the beach.

I saw this Swamp Rose-Mallow growing in the crevice of this rock at Fort Hill. I thought it was so pretty. The flowers are large, 4-7″ and grow near salt marshes and beaches.

I loved the coloring with the soft blues and light pink. What do you think?

Low Tide At The Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary On Cape Cod

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There is a wonderful hike at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary where you can go out to the outer beaches, over a boardwalk. But only go at low tide or near low tide or you could get stuck!

It was a glorious day last week with a blue sky and beautiful puffy clouds. We hiked the Silver Spring Trail and then out to the outer beach where we saw a lot of shore birds.

I took a photograph of the boardwalk from 2 different perspectives… straight on and at an angle. I couldn’t decide which one I liked better. What do you think?

Pretty Black Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly In My Yard On Cape Cod

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It was such a treat to see this black Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly feeding on the Zinnias in my yard here on Cape Cod. It is such a pretty butterfly.

The Spicebush Swallowtail is a very large butterfly measuring 3 1/2″ to 4 1/2.” Its overall color is black with white and blue spots on its wings. It loves to sip nectar from a variety of flowers and frequents woodlands, meadows and gardens.

Have you ever seen a Spicebush Swallowtail?

 

Orange Sunrise Over Nauset Marsh At Fort Hill On Cape Cod

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We were on our way to the gym a few days ago when we saw this awesome sunrise to the east. So, the next morning we left a bit earlier and got to Fort Hill, on the National Seashore, just as the sun started to rise.  It was just spectacular as you can see the sun over Nauset Marsh with the Atlantic Ocean in the background. The sun was so huge!

Pretty, don’t you think?

Cabbage White Butterfly At The Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

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Usually the Cabbage White butterflies spend most of their time flitting from flower to flower. It is very difficult to get a photograph of them as they don’t stay in one place long enough.

We were at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary looking to photograph  Monarch butterflies when I saw this Cabbage White on a yellow flower. I got my camera out and clicked away. He never moved. That wildflower must have been delicious!

I got so many great photographs, but this one is my favorite! What do you think?

Baby Terrapin Turtles At The Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary On Cape Cod

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The baby Terrapin turtles are hatching along the beaches and trails at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. You  can see the nests which have been marked in the photograph below with a cage to keep predators out. The blue tape lets the staff know that the incubation period is right around that time.

Staff at the sanctuary make 2 trips a day out to all of the nests to see if there are any hatchlings. The baby Terrapins cannot survive by themselves in the first hours of their life due to many factors which include  ants, maggots and dehydration from the sun.

After they have absorbed their yolk and regained their energy back at the sanctuary, they are then set free out by their nest. They do not need to eat for quite a while. They never seen their mothers again and will spend most of their life in the water.

The story of the Terrapin turtle is quite fascinating and so interesting to learn about!