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Sagamore Bridge sunrise…

I talked myself out of going out for the sunset the other night.  Blame it on the brand new pedicure and my reluctance to stick my newly polished toenails into my fuzzy slippers.  Or socks.  After all, it was twice as expensive as what I pay in Florida, so I stuck with flip flops that afternoon.  But after seeing how colorful the sunset turned out to be I regretted my decision.  Which is what got me out the next morning.  I decided to try a Sagamore Bridge sunrise.  There are lots of options for photos on Cape Cod, my only problems is that I’ve always thought that anything you want to do on the Cape is only a 10 minute drive away.  I’ve had to rethink that…01-16-19sagamoresunrise01-16-19sagamoresunrise201-16-19sagamoresunrise301-16-19sagamoresunrise4

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Perfect timing…

Our Sunday drive on a Monday took us back to the Nip again.  But this time I noticed a parking lot that I didn’t remember seeing on the first trip.  I was told that if I pulled into the parking lot and parked facing the water it would be a perfect spot to see the sunset.   That was music to my ears because if you approached that spot from the highway you only had to go a quarter of a mile to stop for photos and you could be on your way.  So guess what I did as I headed back to Cape Cod later that afternoon?  I didn’t stay long though.  The Nip was nippier than it was earlier, but even so I doubt I’ll be able to resist stopping from now on, as long as the timing is right…1-15-19nipsunset1-15-19nipsunset2

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Along the way…

Take it from me, you probably don’t want to go on a Sunday drive with me.  Even on a Monday.  Or not if you have an agenda of your own.  Because if I have my cameras with me I’m going to find something to photograph.  It might be a charming town square with a very New England sounding name.  And a cemetery that could have kept me busy for a long while, or until I couldn’t take the cold any more.  Or the shortest, fattest cows you’ve ever seen might catch your eye when you pass by a pretty little farm.  On a nicer day my friend might have gotten out and enjoyed the scenery instead of sitting in the car enjoying the heat.  I hope there will be many more Sunday drives on pretty days, and warmer weather, and even on Mondays.1-15-19barn1-15-19steer11-15-19church11-15-19freeschool1-15-19titicut1-15-19cemetary

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Veteran’s Park beach…

I spotted Veteran’s Park beach the other day, but my goal that day was to find a west facing spot for the sunset so I continued on to Kalmus beach.  And was treated to a really colorful sunset.  But Veteran’s Park beach had been on my mind ever since, and yesterday I finally got there just in time to see a ferry leaving, all lit up in the pitch black dark.  I hadn’t gotten the cameras out yet, but I was excited about what I’d see.  And then I waited.  The light got pretty, no red color, but that blue hour light is nice all on it’s own.  Then another car pulled into the parking area and the driver never got out, but he rolled down his window and said that he comes there every day to take pictures of the sunrise.  I asked where the sunrise was that day and he said not to worry, it will show up.  But it didn’t.  He gave up on it before I did.  But there is always tomorrow.  Except tomorrow is today and I think I’m going to pour another cup of coffee and sit here in the dark and quiet a little longer…1-14-19veterans11-14-19veterans31-14-19veterans5

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Another January day…

Did I say how gray and gloomy January is?  Well, it is, until it isn’t.  The sun was out and the sky was blue yesterday, and I found myself at the Cape Cod Canal searching for the vantage point for a picture I saw online the other day.  It was a sunset sky, with the Bourne Bridge in the foreground, and the uprights of the bridge framing a view of the old railroad bridge beyond it.  It was beautiful, but I believe I turned out to be on the wrong side of the canal for that shot.  I was using Google maps and had chosen a parking spot, but they had that access blocked, so I continued to the next place to park.  Then I had to climb down a steep trail, in the wrong shoes for a hike, and I was in woods that quickly made it seem that I was in the middle of no where.  I will have to ask my hiking friend about the wisdom of hiking alone.1-11-19canal21-11-19canal3

There was another set of steps to get down to the canal access road, which I had to myself.  Well, except for the sea gulls.  And I couldn’t see either bridge once I got down there.  But I was looking for the Bourne Bridge, and I knew it was somewhere to my right, so I started walking.1-11-19canal1And walking some more until I finally saw the bridge.  And still I walked.  And the closer I got the more I realized that the railroad bridge was probably a lot further away than the photo I’d seen had made it seem, and I began to worry about the fact that I had lost track of how many of the sets of steps I had passed (I had been counting but had lost track), and how would I know which set of steps would lead me to that climb through the woods to find the car?1-11-19canal4So I turned around to go back.  Hardly a hike by some people’s standards, but I think it turned out to be about 6 miles all together.  I will try again on another sunny January day.  I have flip-flops in the car in case of a pedicure emergency, so I will also leave a pair for hiking in the car so any and all photo emergencies will be covered.  And once I remembered that I could ask Siri where the car was I wasn’t as worried about finding my way through the woods. IMG_6692.png

Turns out I wasn’t alone after all…

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Kalmus Beach…

Kalmus beach was where I was headed for the sunset last night.  On the map it appeared to be facing west, and it was in range of the restaurant where I was meeting an old friend last night.  Re-meeting since it had been about 50 years since we’d seen each other.  Both the sunset and the meeting didn’t disappoint.  I walk around with a constant buzz in my chest these days.  I like to think that my heart is literally warmed to be here after pining for home for a very long time.  I could lament about the time I missed with these special people, in this place that I have always treasured as home, but I’m here now.  And it’s the only place I want to be.  In my younger years there were too many distractions, too many demands on my attention.  This time of life is when you can savor just what you have, and how lucky you really are.1-9-19kalmussunset91-9-19kalmussunset11-9-19kalmussunset31-9-19kalmussunset41-9-19kalmussunset51-9-19kalmussunset61-9-19kalmussunset71-9-19kalmussunset8

This last photo was taken after the tripod and camera had taken a nose dive into the wet sand.  Face first, which was unfortunate for the camera with a lovely tulip shaped lens cover that stays in place and just folds and unfolds to allow the lens to zoom and retract.  Sand was caked into all the nooks and crannies.  I worked to get the sand out quickly since the camera would go to sleep on it’s own in a minute, and the lens cap would attempt to close.  I took the picture in an effort to keep the cover open and buy some time.  But it couldn’t close and I went to visit with my friend.  When I got the camera out later it was closed.  I will investigate further today, but first I need more coffee.