There are so many trails to choose from at Nickerson State Park in Brewster. You can go for a long hike or a short walk, in the woods or by one of the many kettle ponds. They are all well marked with different colors and different signs. (Click on blog link for other photo.)
This is the trail around Cliff Pond which is marked with a yellow marker on the trees. . No matter where you start it, you can follow the markers or signs and not get lost. Have you ever hiked Nickerson State Park? This is a really pretty 3 mile hike around Cliff Pond.
My favorite time to take a walk on the beach on Cape Cod is early in the morning. There is no one around and you can just walk and walk and walk. Just you and the water and the waves and the birds and the beach… So cathartic! I love it!
These purple Crocuses were so pretty dotting the landscape with some much needed color this time of year. I really liked the angle…. from above looking down. What do you think?
Such vibrant colors!
While it was such a treat to see that the Piping Plovers were back for the summer, it was even more of a treat to see them courting on the sand. “The male approaches the female, stands upright with neck stretched, and rapidly stamps his feet with an odd “high-stepping gait.” (Click on blog link for more photos.)
It was so cool to watch the two of them. And then the female settled down in the sand where I presume their nest would be. Maybe we’ll go back today and see what’s going on. We’d never seen that ritual before. Have you?
In the last photograph, you can hardly see where she is nesting in the sand.
We saw our first Piping Plovers of the season yesterday at Coast Guard Beach. What a treat! I was hoping they might be back! It was a glorious day for a walk on the beach… sunny and in the 50s, just perfect!
We noticed that all of the stakes and string was up all the way down the beach to deter people from disturbing the Piping Plovers nests and behaviors. It wasn’t until we heard their distinct sound of the “courtship whistle” that we saw them up high on the beach in the sand.
Stop by tomorrow to see more photos and a cool story!
I do not know much about mushrooms but I thought these were pretty cool growing on the side of the tree. Does anyone know what kind they are? Love the vibrant colors!