Category Archives: Cape Cod Hiking

Delicate, White Starflowers Are Blooming On Cape Cod.

I saw my first Starflower of the season at Fort Hill the other day. What a treat that was! I had seen the little, star-shaped bud just two days before (2nd photo), so I thought it had a few days to bloom. (Click on blog link for other photos.)

The Starflower usually has 2 small, delicate, white flowers on a slender stem. Each flower has 5-9 pointed petals and 7 long, yellow stamens. The plants are small, only growing from 5-9 inches.

Have you seen a Starflower yet this season? Such a pretty wildflower, don’t you think?

Common Lowbush Blueberry Wildflowers At Fort Hill On Cape Cod.

If you take a walk on the Red Maple Swamp Trail at Fort Hill, you will see Common Lowbush Blueberry wildflowers starting to bloom all long the sides of the boardwalk. They are quite prolific and quite beautiful. (Click on blog link for other photo.)

It is a common shrub with white or pink-tinged bell-shaped flowers, hanging in clusters. The flowers are tiny, only 1/4 – 1/2 inch  which bloom in May and June, so you still have plenty of time to see them.

The edible fruit, which typically mature in mid- to late-summer, vary in color from a bright blue to bluish-black and are sweet to taste.

I like to photograph them best when are just starting to bloom, as in the 2 photographs. I took mine in color while Phil took one in black and white. Quite a different perspective, don’t you think?

 

Low Tide At Uncle Tim’s Bridge In Wellfleet On Cape Cod.

This was such a low tide at Uncle Tim’s Bridge in Wellfleet.

“Uncle Tim’s Bridge was established in 1783, when it was first named ” The New Bridge”. Uncle Tim’s Bridge crosses Duck Creek and connects Hamblen Island to the central village of Wellfleet. In the 1800s Timothy E. Daniels, known as Uncle Tim, had a retail shop located right across from the bridge which bears his name to this day. Uncle Tim’s Bridge is listed on the State Historic Register.”

There is a small parking lot nearby so you can take the .5 mile walk out to the island for some spectacular views.

Nauset Marsh Trail Pond On Cape Cod.

While hiking on the Nauset Marsh Trail, we always pass this little pond past the overlook. We haven’t stopped there in a while because I never think it is a good photo op.

And then Phil stopped there a few days ago to check it out and this is what we saw… so pretty looking out toward Nauset Marsh, don’t you think?

One Of Our First Butterflies This Season On Cape Cod.

I saw a little flutter of blue along the trail and was hoping it was one of the first butterflies of the season here on Cape Cod, the Spring Azure. (Click on blog link for other photos.)

It was a Spring Azure and I was in for a treat as it flitted about the trail for quite  a quite while we clicked away. You can see how vivid the blue is when the butterfly has its wings extended, and then how so dramatically different it is when its sings are folded.

Have you ever seen a Spring Azure butterfly? So pretty, don’t you think?

Happy Mother’s Day to you all! May you also see something special today!