Boat Meadow Creek has frozen over in the past few days. When we were driving by yesterday morning we saw something large on the ice and we had no idea what it was. I got out of the car to investigate (hope you enjoy the whole story with photographs).
It was a Harp Seal that was resting on the ice. According to volunteer Andrea Spence, soon to be an intern at IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare), Harp seals migrate from the Arctic and are very comfortable on ice and ice packs. As long as they are moving and stretching, they are fine. This seal was doing both. It must have made its way up the creek from Cape Cod Bay, maybe before it was frozen over. (We’ve kayaked this part of Boat Meadow Creek in the summer and this is a long way up the creek from Cape Cod Bay.)
“IFAW is a global non-profit organization that protects animals and the places they call home.” Andrea is based out of IFAW in Yarmouth Port, MA and helps to monitor marine mammal rescue and research. She was very informative as I clicked away.
You can see by the photos that this guy was quite at home on the ice. I especially like the photo where his back flippers form a heart.
Quite a surprise for a Sunday morning as you can see me photographing the seal from the bridge! Have you ever seen a Harp Seal?
We took a hike at Kent Point in Orleans the other day and it was gorgeous with a blue, blue sky and warm temps. Kent Point has such interesting history. (There is another photograph at the end.)
“The Town acquired the Kent’s Point Conservation Area in 1988 after years of planning to preserve the property. The property was subject to a life-estate retained by the seller, Miss Charlotte Kent, who lived to be 100 years old. Her house was removed from the site after her death in 1997.
This land contains more than a mile of undeveloped shoreline. The main trail to the former Kent house site goes up the center of the property leading to a handicapped-accessible boardwalk overlooking The River and the northern portion of Pleasant Bay. ” You can also walk along the shore or on some of the smaller hikes off of the main road.
Phil and I decided to take a horizontal and a vertical photograph from the beach looking out onto Pleasant Bay. I couldn’t decide which one I liked better. What do you think?
I love this old fishing boat at Rock Harbor on Cape cod. It goes out fishing… summer or winter, rain or snow. I loved the stormy sky in the background.
Beautiful reflection, don’t you think?
It was such a treat to look out the window and see the bluebirds eating from our bird feeders, drinking from our bird bath and checking out our bird houses. We hadn’t seen them for a while.
I love this photograph of Mr. and Mrs. Bluebird at the bird bath. What a beautiful couple!
I love the winter sunsets over over Cape Cod Bay. This one was so pretty from Boat Meadow Beach in Eastham. It was low tide so you can see the ripples in the sand.
What do you think?
Phil had a very good friend who used to own a little cottage high on the dunes in Wellfleet. The cottage was small but the views were unbelievable!
He started working with Ray Kroc at McDonald’s at the very beginning. We would sit outside his cottage overlooking White Crest Beach and reminisce about McDonald’ when it first started. He had such great stories.
As the dunes eroded over the years and changed the shoreline, the cottage eventually fell into the ocean. We were living in Colorado at the time so we didn’t find out about it until we moved back east. We were able to locate where it was and this would have been his view if the cottage was still there.
The good news for Frank was that he sold it 2 years before it fell into the ocean!
Pretty amazing, don’t you think?