Category Archives: Cape Cod Trails

Indian Rock At Skiff Hill At Fort Hill On Cape Cod.

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The light was so beautiful on the carvings at Indian Rock at Fort Hill the other day. It almost looks like dusk, but it was in the middle of the afternoon.

Indian Rock was a “community grinding rock, one of four such rocks found in the Nauset area. The Indians used the abrasive qualities of the fine-grained metamorphic rock to grind and polish implements made of stone and animal bones, such as stone axes or bone fishhooks.

Indian Rock was originally located in the mud of the marsh below where it now sits on Skiff Hill. The National Park Service moved the 20-ton boulder to this site in 1965.”

(I posted the 2nd photograph with my mitten on it so you can see the huge size of this rock. It was also a completely different day as you can see  by the different lighting.)

What history!

 

Gorgeous Skies At The Salt Pond In Eastham On Cape Cod.

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The skies were magnificent as we hiked the Salt Pond Trail, also known as Nauset Marsh Trail, the other day.  I took a horizontal photograph and thought that it looked pretty. The sky and clouds were spectacular.  And then I took a vertical one. Wow!

What do you think?

Loved This Great Blue Heron Stalking His Next Meal On Cape Cod.

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The Great Blue Heron is my very favorite bird! I love its features and the majestic way it moves. We were walking the Salt Pond Trail and saw this Great Blue looking for his next meal.

Beautiful bird, don’t you think?

The Many Salt Marsh Plants On Cape Cod.

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Merry We were taking a hike at Fort Hill last fall when we passed a group of middle school student on a field trip. Their guide was telling them about the salt marsh and that there are 3 plants that make up a salt marsh.

I thought to myself, “I never knew that. I’ll have to look that up when I get home.” I did some research and I think they are herbs, grasses and low shrubs. Does anyone know if this is correct? There are many, many different varieties of each of these plants.

This is a photograph of Glasswort or Pickleweed. You can see it along the side of the trail on the salt marsh at Fort Hill.

 

 

 

Interesting Trees On Beech Forest Trail In Provincetown On Cape Cod.

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There were some really cool-looking trees on Beech Forest Trail in Provincetown. They reminded me of Colorado where you frequently see trees on the slopes of the the mountains  which have curved trunks due to the snow and ice pushing it. They called them “snow knees.” Cute, don’t you think?

I wonder what caused these tree trunks to bend so much…

I took this tree with different filters. What do you think?

Huge Bamboo Grove On The Baker’s Pond Trail On Cape Cod.

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We were so surprised to see this huge grove of Bamboo trees on the trail around Baker’s Pond in Orleans. It just didn’t fit in with the ambiance of the area.

I wonder how it got there? Who planted it? I’ve seen other groves of Bamboo trees around the area too. I wonder if people use it as a hedge as it’s extremely dense.

Any thoughts?