Rock Harbor is always pretty, summer or winter, cloudy or sun, boats or no boats. I loved this photograph with the little bits of ice on the harbor. Not enough to slow the boats down but just enough to show you how chilly it was last week.
We had just been commenting that we have gotten very little snow here on Cape Cod this winter. There were a couple of inches in the beginning of December, and that’s it. But yesterday morning, with a forecast for sun, we had a few surprise snow squalls!
We took a ride to Rock Harbor and the snowy views were so pretty. What do you think? You can even see the snow clouds on the horizon.
I love watching the black and white Buffleheads as they swim about and dive for food at Rock Harbor during the winter months. They get pretty spooked when you get near them and tend to fly away. (Click on blog link to see other photos.) But if you stand up on the dock at Rock Harbor, you are far enough away so they don’t even notice you.
Buffleheads are small diving ducks, mostly white with a glossy black head and back. Its head has a large white patch behind its eye. The female has a dark brown head with an white oval patch on its ear.
Buffleheads are fascinating to watch as they continuously dive for food. You can see them getting ready to dive in the 2nd photo. Just as you think you can get a decent photo of them, they are under water again!
Rock Harbor is almost iconic with its unique views of Cape Cod Bay and the very distinct channel markers that mark the channel going into Rock Harbor that look like trees growing in the water.
The channel markers have not been taken out yet this year… maybe because it has not been cold enough so that they could be destroyed by the ice in Cape Cod Bay? In past years they have been removed in the winter months, but there has also been a considerable amount of ice in the bay.
Does anyone know the when the channel markers are taken out in the winter? Pretty view, don’t you think?