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Pretty Little White Canada Mayflowers At Wiley Park On Cape Cod

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The Canada Mayflowers are blooming on the sides of the trails  at Wiley Park in Eastham on Cape Cod.

They are a small woodland plant with tiny 4-petaled white flowers clustered on stems like miniature bottle brushes. They are often form large colonies. The flowers are under 1/4″ and grow to only 3-6″ in May and June.

So tiny and delicate… Have you ever seen a Canada Mayflower?

Beautiful Little White Starflowers At Wiley Park On Cape Cod

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The little white Starflowers are so pretty at Wiley Parkin Eastham on Cape Cod. You can see them on the side of the trail, usually under a pine tree in the shade.

They are delicate little flowers ( 1/2 to 3/4″) which grow with one or two flowers on the stem. Each flower has 5-9 pointed petals and 7 long yellow stamens.

They bloom in May and June so you can still get out and see them. Have you ever seen a Starflower?

Beautiful Red-Breasted Merganser At Wiley Park On Cape Cod

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I’ve been looking for a good photograph of a Red-Breasted Merganser all winter here on Cape Cod. And then yesterday when I was hiking at Wiley Park I saw something swimming in the kettle pond near the shore. I quickly got my camera out and got ready. I quietly walked down the little trail to the shore and stood behind a tree. As soon as I saw him get closer, I clicked away. And, as soon as he heard the click, he flew away!

But I think I got a pretty good photograph. What do you think?

Phil and I always said that this diving duck was having a “bad hair day!” Cute little guy, don’t you think?

Wiley Park On Cape Cod After The Blizzard

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There were a lot of downed trees at Wiley Park in Eastham on Cape Cod after the blizzard. Hiking over the bridge that separates the two kettle ponds, you can see one of the trees that is leaning pretty precariously. We couldn’t take our favorite hike as there were too many trees blocking the trail.

I couldn’t decide which photograph I like better… color or black and white. What do you think?

Hiking Wiley Park On Cape Cod After The Blizzard

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We had to pick and choose our trails at Wiley Park this week with all of the downed trees. Many of them were blocking the trail. The winds were in excess of 65mph and many of the huge old Eastern White Pine trees fell.

Phil took this photograph of me hiking on one of the trails that we could maneuver at Wiley Park. The snow was so pretty…

 

Little Mouse On The Trail At Wiley Park On Cape Cod

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I heard a little rustle in the leaves at Wiley Park and saw this little mouse scurry up the tree and out onto a branch. This is the first mouse I have seen there. I’ve heard rustling in the leaves many times but always thought it must be a bird. Maybe it was a mouse?

So, I took some photographs up on the branch and then in the leaves below and came home to research what kind of mouse it was. I presumed it was a “Field Mouse.” Well, there are so many different types of mice, I have no idea what kind it is.

Can anyone identify this little guy? Cute, isn’t he?