This beautiful Painted Lady butterfly flitted from Zinnia to Zinnia in my yard here on Cape Cod. I thought all of the butterflies had left for the season, but this one was still here and certainly took its time savoring each flower.
I couldn’t decide which of the first two photographs I like better. What do you think?
The last photograph was just cool… a head on shot. I love its little eyes!
This little Red-breasted Nuthatch has been hanging around our yard for quite a while now. They are a small nuthatch, only 4 1/2″. Their back is steel blue, their chin is white and their underparts are rufous. They are very distinguishable with their black line through their eye.
I love how they climb down the trees upside down, looking for insects in the bark.
I wonder if it will stay for the winter or migrate south?
It was an overcast, windy day and a perfect day to take a hike on the Silver Spring Trail at the Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary on Cape Cod. It is mostly in the woods along the river and marshes and so pretty.
I saw this pretty little orange wildflower that I had never seen before. I took a lot of photographs and then learned it was a Jewelweed wildflower. The plant itself grows to about 6′ while the flowers are only 1″ and are very unusual looking, somewhat like an orchid. They love to grow in shady marshes and moist woods.
Have you ever seen a Jewelweed wildflower? It looks so tiny on such a big plant.
We’ve seen this huge raccoon in our yard looking for food around the bird feeders. He usually comes after dark and sets the motion detector lights off.
This time it was just about dinnertime and he was there. We were so surprised to see him in broad daylight. He must have been hungry…
He’s one big raccoon!
The Shark-Warning Flag was still up at Nauset Beach in Orleans on Cape Cod the other day. There must have been a shark spotted somewhere nearby and they are warning people who go in the water.
All of the beaches along the National Seashore use these warning flags which are very helpful to the public.
Friday there were five Great White Sharks spotted at Nauset Beach around noon. There was a warning to surfers to beware! We have seen a lot of seals there lately… which the sharks love to eat.
It was a gorgeous day to walk out on the flats at First Encounter Beach in Eastham on Cape Cod. The flats are the exposed sand at low tide on Cape Cod Bay. And the flats seem to go out for miles!
I loved how these chairs were all set up, everyone was ready to enjoy the gorgeous day at the beach. Pretty, don’t you think?
Beautiful day to start the holiday weekend!