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July 6, 2012

Cape Cod Sand Sculpting

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On our visit to Cape Cod last week, we were lucky to witness the professional sand sculpting going on during the town of Yarmouth’s Summer Celebration Kick-Off.  There were three professional sculptors working over a few days in a roped-off area of Bass River or Smugglers Beach.

One creation was a breaching whale:

whale in sand

Another was slightly open to interpretation.  My daughters and I thought this one showed perhaps a Chinese Junk:

Whimsical ship

The reverse of this one did not offer more definition:
reverse of ship

We puzzled over whether this was a stone wall with cracks or maybe storm clouds with lightning; either choice seems to threaten the small sail boats below.  This sculptor went on to add a mermaid at the base:
Mermaid in sand

Perhaps this sculptor wanted to leave some thoughts to the imagination?  Or maybe there is a myth or story that is being portrayed here.

By far the most impressive of the three was the London Tower Bridge, bedecked for the Summer Olympics:
London Tower Bridge

Olympic Rings

The reverse side of the bridge harkens back to the town bringing us the fun sculptures to enjoy:
Yarmouth, Cape Cod

While these three sculptures were created by professional sand sculptors (can you believe there is such a job?  Must be nice!), it appeared that other folks with some sand talent were invited to get in on the fun.  I didn’t see these being worked on, and they didn’t have the staying power of the professional works, but these adorable smaller sculptures were also on display:

Snoopy
Everyone’s favorite beagle

Yoda with broken ear
“Broken my ear is!”

Fireman's hat
Yarmouth F.D.

Shark
Fish are friends, not food!

Lizard

Crabby

I remember the days when my favorite little sculptors used make their creations on the beach:

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Sandcastle

Do you have memories of these temporary works of art?

June 27, 2012

Buddleja and a Peninsula

I’m here with a little announcement this morning: feel free to take an extra day or two to finish up your photo hunt this month if need be.  Reason?  I have a last minute trip to Cape Cod planned for tomorrow through Saturday.  Saturday was the date the photo hunt was due, but now since I won’t be home until Saturday night, it is unlikely I will post my own hunt before Sunday since I’m not done taking my photos yet.

I didn’t want to head off to the Cape without leaving you with a few new pictures though.

I haven’t seen many butterflies yet this summer – but some lovely photos over at Robin’s place have me hoping I will see them soon.  My butterfly bushes are just beginning to bloom..
butterfly bush budding

and the milkweed is out too.  I’ve left some stalks here and there around the yard especially to entice the monarchs.

milkweed

I thought butterflies, and maybe the hummingbirds too, would find these lantana attractive but so far they don’t seem to be of much interest.

lantana

I’ve been enjoying watching the color-changing that the blooms go through as they mature.

fresh raspberries

The raspberries are ripening regularly now, and I’ve been enjoying eating a daily handful.  I suspect we will have quite a few to pick when we get back.

Our weather forecast for the Cape over the next few days couldn’t be nicer: upper 70’s to low 80’s with mostly sunny skies.  My mom tells me the summer kick-off sand sculpture event in her town is happening over the next few days, so I’ll be looking forward to seeing that.  Last year I saw what was left of the sculptures after a couple weeks had passed.
sand sculpture

It looks like we have a nice few days to look forward to – I hope you have something nice to look forward to too. I’ll be back in the blogosphere on Sunday, and also looking forward to seeing your photo hunts. (Gee, that’s a lot of looking forward! 😉 )

Are you wondering at all about my blog post title?  I was having trouble coming up with a title for this post even though I knew what I was going to write about, so I decided to wait until I was finished writing to title it.  I thought of “Down the Cape” or “Capeward Bound” as possible titles but they seemed blah to me.  I googled “butterfly bush” for possible inspiration and that’s where I found “Buddleja.”  According to Wikipedia (and I know you have to take information found on Wikipedia with a grain of salt), Buddleja is :

commonly known as the Butterfly Bush,[4] is a genus of flowering plants. The generic name bestowed by Linnaeus posthumously honoured the Reverend Adam Buddle (1662–1715), a botanist and rector in Essex, England, at the suggestion of Dr William Houstoun. Houstoun sent the first plants to become known to science as buddleja (B. americana) to England from the Caribbean about 15 years after Buddle’s death.[1]

The peninsula, of course, is Cape Cod.  Buddleja, peninsula – they kind of rhyme, no?   If that title doesn’t get me noticed by WordPress, I’ll never be “Freshly Pressed,” lol!

July 17, 2011

Chasing the Moon

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sunset at Smuggler’s Beach, South Yarmouth

This past Thursday evening I was driving to Cape Cod to visit my mother.  As I made the familiar trek over the Bourne Bridge, along the Cape Cod Canal and on to Rt. 6 or the Mid-Cape Highway at approximately 8pm, I was struck by an outrageously gorgeous full moon hanging very low in the sky.  The Mid-Cape travels east until you get to the “elbow” of Cape Cod, so I had an amazing view of the rising moon and bemoaned the fact that a busy highway on a famous vacation pennisula would probably be a dangerous place to pull over and take a picture.  The conditions would have been perfect (except for the fact that I left my tripod at home) – low in the sky, full, beautiful color, not too dark out.  No matter, I said to myself.  I’m here for two more nights, I will certainly get another chance.

Friday came and I spent the day getting LOTS of other fun pictures such as:
pink hydrangea

pink hydrangeas,

sand sculpture

amazing sand sculptures, and

interesting negative space

interesting negative space – do you see the “dog biscuits” my daughter spotted?

It was such a lovely afternoon at the beach, we decided to bring some pizza to the beach to eat for dinner and await moonrise.  Certainly I’d get a lovely shot right at the spot where Bass River runs into Nantucket Sound.

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The light of day was fading.  Around 7:45pm I couldn’t see the moon anywhere despite a mostly clear sky and wide-open landscape.  I didn’t think moonrise would change all that much in 24 hours, but to be on the safe side, I called hubby, who wasn’t able to accompany me on this trip.

“Hon, could you do me a favor?” I asked.

“What’s up?”

“Could you go on that website with the moonrise data for me and check the time of tonight’s moonrise?”

“Uh, okay… hang on… the navy’s site says 7:22pm for the Cape Cod area.”

Okay now I was really confused.  It was nearly 8:00, the wind was getting really chilly and my daughters were getting really impatient.  No moon anywhere.  At 8:10, we gave up and went back to Mom’s place.

Frustrated by the lack of moon, I looked up moonrise information myself on this site.   Apparently, the U.S. Naval moonrise information does not take daylight savings time into account!  The moonrise was actually 8:22 pm.  I missed what was probably a gorgeous moon.  According to the Cape tides site, the next night moonrise would be nearly 9pm.  **sigh**  The picture was not mine to have this time around.