The Jonathan Young Windmill is historically unique, with all of its early parts and machinery intact, far more than many others which have been substantially altered through restoration efforts. This mill was authentically restored by volunteers and donations through the efforts of the Orleans Historical Society over a two year period.
Water power was first used to turn millstones to grind grain but with the shortage of fast running rivers and streams, Cape Codders turned to the wind for power. This windmill was built in the early 1700’s in South Orleans. By 1839 it was moved to overlook the Town Cove on the present hillside site.
The Jonathan young Windmill is such a historic site. It is also a great place to sit on one of the benches and look at the beautiful view of the cove or bring a picnic lunch and sit at the picnic table right there!
I can’t decide if I like the photograph better in black and white or color. What do you think?
The Great Blue Heron has always been one of my favorite birds, especially on Cape Cod. They are so majestic as they fly and are so elegant.
This Great Blue Heron landed on the salt marsh right by our new home.
It was fun to think that I can walk by these salt marshes each day when we move into our new home and, hopefully, see a lot of different species of birds!
We had our first sighting of a Red Fox at the Audubon Sanctuary in Wellfleet on Cape Cod the other day. He was walking through the woods and then lay down for a nap.
It was pretty cool as we had never seen one here before.
Have you ever seen a Red Fox? Look at that bushy tail!
I took a double-take when I saw this Parry’s Harebell wildflower on the side of the road in Orleans on Cape Cod. It was huge!
There are also Parry’s Harebell wildflowers out in Colorado but they are only about a 3/4 inch flower. This flower was about 4″ in diameter and about 3 feel tall and so pretty.
Have you ever seen a Parry’s Harebell?
This was such a pretty sunset on Nauset Beach in Orleans on Cape Cod a couple of weeks ago.
I loved how the flowers and the sky were almost a matching golden color.
What do you think? I liked it so much I used it as my screen saver!