Karma's When I Feel Like It Blog

July 21, 2011

Cape Cod Flora and Fauna

Filed under: Travel — Karma @ 10:13 am
Tags: , , , , , ,

Flora and fauna – a fancy way of saying plants and critters!  Maybe that’s what this blog should actually be called, huh?  They are my favorite photo subjects, and my recent trip to Cape Cod provided plenty.

lace caps

Lace-cap hydrangeas


fiery day lillies

beach rose

beach roses or rosa rugosa

beach heather

beach heather

And the fauna:

grabbing a snack

gull who came close enough for a piece of pizza crust

beach visitor

beach-visiting golden retriever

hermit crabs

Hermit crabs found by my daughers (don’t worry they put ’em back!).  Amuses me that at 16 and almost 14 years old, finding and picking them up still fascinates Meghan and Sarah.

piper or plover? not sure!

Not sure what this bird is.  I’m thinking a piper or a plover – can anyone help?  I watched this bird hover over the Bass River and quickly dive in for fish.


Osprey – I’m very happy with this shot.  This is the best shot of a bird of prey that I’ve ever gotten.  In all my visits to the Cape, with the many nest boxes you see everywhere, I never quite realized just how large this bird is. The chimney gives you a good idea of its size; according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology it is almost 2 feet tall and has a wingspan of about 5 feet.

“Karma’s Plants ‘n’ Critters”…. nah, I guess not. 😉

E.T.A. : Turns out that my hovering, diving bird is but a common tern (ha, ha, I crack myself up!).  I did a little research and Cornell’s “All About Birds” helped me out again.  Great site they have there.


  1. Wow! Awesome photos! I came by from Kathy’s blog to see your raptor pic. Wonderful shots! 🙂

    Comment by Martha Bergin — July 21, 2011 @ 11:40 am | Reply

    • Thank you Martha – and thanks for popping over!

      Comment by Karma — July 22, 2011 @ 8:37 am | Reply

  2. Thanks so much for the ‘trip’ to Cape Cod! While I may never get to visit in person, you have given a glimpse with a personal touch. 🙂

    Comment by tedgriffith — July 21, 2011 @ 12:10 pm | Reply

    • Glad you enjoyed your “visit” Ted!

      Comment by Karma — July 22, 2011 @ 8:37 am | Reply

  3. Look at you…an osprey photo. Love it! So, where’s the Cape Cod foodie post? 🙂

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — July 21, 2011 @ 4:04 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Scott! I love that one too. No foodie post this time around – my sister wasn’t with me for this trip, and we ate very casually. I did have seafood of course – a fried fish sandwich for lunch one day and a crab cake sandwich the next. Dinners were take out at the beach: pizza one night and Subway subs the other.

      Comment by Karma — July 22, 2011 @ 8:39 am | Reply

  4. These are beautiful, Karen. We’ve seen plenty of flowery things and seagulls on our vacation, too.
    The hermit crabs are sooooo cute!!
    I took pictures of lace-cap hydrangeas, too (at least I think that’s what they are) but didn’t know what they were because they looked a bit different from the “regular” hydrangeas.

    Comment by thedailyclick — July 22, 2011 @ 7:05 am | Reply

    • Thank you Michaela – can’t wait to see you vacation pics!

      Comment by Karma — July 22, 2011 @ 8:40 am | Reply

  5. Great shots, Karma! I can see why you’d be proud of the osprey capture. What a gorgeous bird!

    Comment by Robin — July 22, 2011 @ 8:16 am | Reply

    • Thanks Robin! I was going into a gift shop with my mom when I heard the bird’s unusual call and spotted him on the chimney across the street. Had to run back to the car and grab the camera of course! He is something, isn’t he?

      Comment by Karma — July 22, 2011 @ 8:42 am | Reply

  6. Ooo the second to last with the bird in flight is beautiful! I love the motion blur of his wings! Tells us the story!

    Comment by plainmama — July 22, 2011 @ 1:24 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Amy! Wish I knew what kind of bird it is!

      Comment by Karma — July 23, 2011 @ 8:34 am | Reply

  7. I long for hydrangea, but only very tough varieties survive here, and they are not lush and full like those in other areas. Daylilies do very well. Daylilies and daffodils are about the only bulbs that the critters don’t dine on. Your pictures are wonderful.

    Comment by Carol — July 24, 2011 @ 10:38 am | Reply

    • Thanks Carol. Hydrangeas are always outrageously gorgeous on Cape Cod.

      Comment by Karma — July 24, 2011 @ 2:29 pm | Reply

  8. Love your common tern shot and the osprey. Hydrangeas do so well at the beach, must be that salt air.

    Comment by Rebecca — July 27, 2011 @ 7:58 am | Reply

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Say hello! Tell me your thoughts! I'd love to read them!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: