The Brown Knapweed is blooming all over Cape Cod. Many regard it as an invasive wildflower, although it is very pretty. The 1 to 1 1/2″ flowers are pinkish purple with thistle like heads that grow from June through September.
I took this photograph while hiking at Fort Hill in Eastham but you can see them along the sides of the roads and trails.
Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is one of my favorites places to hike. There are so many different interesting trails. This one is the Silver Spring Trail which meanders along Silver Spring and then across a bridge and along the opposite side.
You can see fall beginning as the leaves are starting to turn such pretty colors along the trails.
I love this tree that arches over the trail…
Kent’s Point in Orleans on Cape Cod has many wonderful hikes. There are several trails that meander through the woods and others along the shore. It’s especially fun to go at low tide as you can hike along the beach and see many shorebirds.
As you go past the point, one trail goes along the shore where you can see a boathouse and where several boats are moored. So pretty, don’t you think?
If you want to go birding with an expert, sign up at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. They schedule many birding hikes throughout the day and you will be surprised at how much you learn. They are amazing!
We were out at the outer beach past the boardwalk when we saw these birders in the distance. We went over to see what they were watching and were pleasantly surprised. There were quite a few different shore birds that we couldn’t see where we had been standing. The expert was educating them on all of the birds they could see from Black-bellied Plovers to Semi-palmated Plovers to a Whimbrel by the tall grass. He was so informative on everything around them.
It was a gorgeous day to be on the beach and such a treat to see so many shore birds! A perfect day to go birding!
It was a beautiful day to take a hike at Fort Hill in Eastham on Cape Cod. The days are a little cooler and crisper and the sun was shining brightly. Perfect day at Fort Hill.
I love the little cutaways in the shrubs along the trails so you can see Nauset Marsh from many different angles. This view was just spectacular.
What do you think?
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?