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September 12, 2010

A Day Trip for the Family and a Lesson for Me!

Filed under: Travel,Walking the Dogs — Karma @ 5:49 pm
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Hubby had the thought a few weeks ago to pack up the kids and the dogs on Saturday the 11th for a family day trip.  With his schedule, weekend days off only turn up about every 6 weeks, so little family days need to be planned ahead of time.  He also thought it would be nice for me to get my mind off of some thoughts that have been occupying my mind this week (I’ve shared these thoughts with a few of you; I should get my answer tomorrow.)  It is a rare day indeed that all four of us can spend the day together, so we grabbed a few supplies, leashed the dogs and headed back down to the Cape Cod Canal Visitor’s Center, which I told you about in this post.

The beach at the visitor’s center is one of the few on the Cape that seems to be dog friendly.  Daphne and Teddy had never experienced an ocean beach before so we were curious to see how they would react.
Daphne and Teddy beach 1

Daphne & Teddy beach 2

teddy beach

We kept them on 16-ft. retractable leashes for a couple reasons: Teddy is not known for listening all that well when called, and we wanted to be certain they were not bothering anyone else who decided to enjoy this windy, but sunny and bright day.  Unfortunately, these are the only shots I have of the dogs near the water.  Due to my failure to 1) zero out my camera from shooting in early evening light the day before and 2) realize the camera was not in P mode, I took about the first dozen shots of the day in bright sunshine on shutter priority mode with the shutter set for 1/20 of a second!  Most of my shots of the dogs are whited out blurs of gold, black and tan fur.  In the bright sunshine and my excitement to see the dogs first experience at the beach, I failed to notice the display screen in front of my face.  So frustrating!   I realized what I had done when I went to take a picture of a crashing wave and wanted a quick shutter speed for stop action.  It didn’t occur to me to check the shots I’d already taken when I realized my mistake.  Daphne and Teddy were not overly enchanted with the beach this day, so I probably wouldn’t have gotten many more shots of them playing anyway.  It was high tide, quite windy, and their first time, so I think they may have been more nervous than excited about their surroundings.  After the beach, we took a nice long walk along the canal to help use up the energy of dogs that had been traveling in a car for 2 hours.

leaving mom behind

Canal walk/bike path

During our walk, I saw some interesting sights along the way, so I was constantly stopping to take pictures and then catch up with the rest of the family.

flower boat

Boat of flowers at the Sandwich Marina


Strange swirling vortex of water

found on 9/11

I don’t know if this little flag was placed yesterday or not, but I thought it appropriate on 9/11.

a meeting?

A crowd of cormorants


Cormorant close-up

After a good long walk and a stop for ice cream while visiting with my mother, it was time to get back in the car and head home.  The car is hubby’s Chevy Suburban, which provided leg room for the kids and a place for tired pooches to sleep their way home:

On the ride home

There are a few more pictures from our day on my Flickr page, if you want to have a look.  Go ahead, give it a click! 🙂


  1. I wish I could have gone with you… this week-end (especially yesterday) was soooooo boooriiinnnnggg!!! Sounds like you had fun, and the weather looks perfect!
    So sorry about all those pictures that didn’t turn out 😦 I’ve done things like that, too, like the time we were at the Dallas Arboretum and I was snapping away, only to realize that I had no film in the camera! (This camera didn’t have that little window where you can see part of the roll of film).

    Comment by thedailyclick — September 12, 2010 @ 6:15 pm | Reply

    • That would have been lovely to have photo-shooting company, Michaela! It was certainly a whirlwind of a day, but the weather was nice and it did the trick of keeping the thoughts that’ve occupied my mind for the past week or so at bay for a while. My usual big photo “oops” is leaving the memory card behind in the computer; at least I didn’t pull that one this time!

      Comment by Karma — September 12, 2010 @ 7:46 pm | Reply

  2. Well despite the dogs uncertainty on the beach, and your camera oversights (you’re not the first.. lol)… At least it appears you made the most of the weekend.. 🙂

    Comment by FS Photography — September 12, 2010 @ 6:26 pm | Reply

    • It was a long day for sure, but a good one for family and dogs alike!

      Comment by Karma — September 12, 2010 @ 7:47 pm | Reply

  3. Great shots! Like you, I would have been holding up whomever I was with to keep snapping away – but it’s how you get the most interesting pictures! 🙂

    Comment by photobyholly — September 12, 2010 @ 7:04 pm | Reply

    • Hi Holly! Thank you, and thanks for stopping by the blog.

      Comment by Karma — September 12, 2010 @ 7:48 pm | Reply

  4. That first picture made me think of snow! {shudder} I have made mistakes like that before… leaving my camera on fluorescent lighting when I’m out in the full sun. Aggravating for sure! Sorry that happened to you, too. A learning experience I suppose. How nice that you were able to take a day trip and bring the dogs along. I can’t wait to take Stella to the ocean.


    Comment by Becky Sue — September 12, 2010 @ 7:32 pm | Reply

    • All the photos that didn’t turn out looked like they could have been taken in a blizzard! Shudder is right! Hopefully, I will learn from this, as you said.

      Comment by Karma — September 12, 2010 @ 7:50 pm | Reply

  5. I’m so surprised they didn’t love the beach! Maybe it was the wind but still – Ozzie thinks the beach is best place in the world! All those stinky smells and water he can wade into instead of actually swimming.

    The shots you did get came out nice though!

    Comment by Jennifer A (Bread and Putter) — September 13, 2010 @ 10:24 am | Reply

    • Thank you. Maybe I should try taking them up for a nice calm day at Peak’s!

      Comment by Karma — September 13, 2010 @ 3:50 pm | Reply

  6. What great fun-filled family day! I’ll have to see if we can stop at the canal sometime. We’re usually been in a hurry to get to Provincetown or Dennis Port (where our grandparents lived) and have never really explored that part of the Cape. I can still remember how exciting it was to see the canal and the bridges when I was little, and to start smelling the salt air. And how sad it felt to say goodbye again as we wen over the bridge on the way home.

    You got some good pictures, though, so it wasn’t a total loss! I love the crowd of cormorants! It all looks so beautiful, thanks for stirring up pleasant memories!

    Comment by Barbara — September 13, 2010 @ 10:28 am | Reply

    • I have a friend that refers to that feeling as the “over the bridge” feeling – and I know exactly what he means. You can feel your whole body go “aaahhhh” when you cross one of the bridges to the Cape.

      Comment by Karma — September 13, 2010 @ 3:52 pm | Reply

  7. BTDT…wrote a blog about it. Experience is the best teacher. 🙂 My habit is to check the camera settings before leaving the house or hotel room for the day. That habit has saved many first clicks.

    Looks like a fun day was had by all. Oh, yeah, I know the feeling of having to catch up with the family.

    Do you have a photo group nearby? I am a member of a MeetUp.com group. It is so nice to go out shooting with fellow photographers once in a awhile. You know, people how understand. :>

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — September 13, 2010 @ 1:52 pm | Reply

    • I’m quickly getting those experiences under my belt, Scott! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve left my memory card in the computer, for example. Next time I see a sale, I’m buying a back-up card to leave in my bag. I do remember you writing a blog about remembering to zero out and being prepared… what’s BTDT?

      I haven’t heard of any photo groups in the area, but that could be something to look into.

      Comment by Karma — September 13, 2010 @ 3:57 pm | Reply

      • BTDT = Been There, Done That

        You only have one memory card? Put it on your gift list. You should build up a stable of them. One never knows when a memory card will be bad. I’ve had two go bad this year.

        Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — September 13, 2010 @ 5:00 pm

      • I figured out the BTDT while I was driving last night, LOL! Yeah, only 1 card. Gotta remedy that.

        Comment by Karma — September 14, 2010 @ 4:25 pm

  8. What a wonderful way to spend the day! Sept 11th will forever be a day to reflect and spending time with family is the best way appreciate all that you have, knowing it could always be taken away. This was a day less about photos and more about just being together, so don’t sweat the small stuff. Even us ‘seasoned’ photogs stumble every once in awhile and forget the simple things (zero out settings, empty cards, charge batteries, etc.) Your day was ‘perfect’ as is! 🙂

    Comment by milkayphoto — September 13, 2010 @ 2:24 pm | Reply

    • Thanks, Tracy. It was a nice day indeed.

      Comment by Karma — September 13, 2010 @ 3:58 pm | Reply

  9. It looks like it was a wonderful day. I hope it helped with whatever is on your mind (and that whatever news you were waiting for was good).

    I really like the vortex shot. I’ve done that (had my camera on the wrong settings)several times, usually because I’m excited and clicking away. Frustrating.

    Comment by Robin — September 14, 2010 @ 8:37 am | Reply

    • It was a nice day, and it temporarily helped. See today’s post for a little explanation.
      Thanks, Robin

      Comment by Karma — September 14, 2010 @ 4:26 pm | Reply

  10. How did I miss this post? Must have been sleeping I guess.
    What a gorgeous day you had for adventuring!

    Comment by Renae — September 15, 2010 @ 9:00 pm | Reply

    • It was a bit of an adventure, especially carting 8 pairs of feet in the Suburban, and wondering which set would want to use the bathroom first! 😉

      Comment by Karma — September 15, 2010 @ 10:21 pm | Reply

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