Monday, October 17, 2016

Running Away to Sea


We've been talking lately about Cape May, NJ.




How the hawk watch is there, and fall migration is supposed to be pretty spectacular.





This tiny, thumbnail-sized crab really made my day


Saturday night, Alan said, "Let's go tomorrow."



So we did. 



The drive down was uneventful if long. Cape May is something pretty unexpected for New Jersey, more like you might expect a small town in Maine to be. Lots of sea food restaurants, wonderful dunes, people on bikes and walking, and the sea......


Green-winged Teal


Yeah, that does it for me. The sea. You could see the light from miles away...

You don't want to know how much sun block, plus hat, flannel shirt, etc. was needed to get me through a day of tromping along sea shell and sand paths, wading down the deep sand to the beach, and staring up at eagles and warblers. Let's just say on the way home the sunblock melted and ran in my eyes.

It hurt.

However, what a beautiful place. The birding didn't really measure up to Montezuma. Maybe the time of day...noon is not the best for birds....




Or the big crowds....there were a lot of people.

But for whatever reason, we saw few species that we don't either see at home or at the swamp. They were tame and close though, all the better for photography,

And it was so pretty...so unexpected....so nice. On the way home we listened to a Harry Potter book on Audible and a good thing too. As nice as the drive down was the return was equally horrendous. Traffic! Terrible, terrible traffic!

Still, it was a day I will remember for a long time to come. Alan is getting pretty good with that camera.....photos are labeled as to which of us took them....



6 comments:

chickenfarmer said...

The sand looks unique. Is it Quartz? Nice photos.

Anonymous said...

OH how lovely this is.....love the birds, and the sand sparkles..and can just picture the sub block melting ...h aha ha ha ha lovely to see the fun you had..with the birds and the sea...peace is there. Blessings and gratitude to you..for being back in my world. Merri HAPPY HAPPY want to see your big trees on your property and your tractors...hope you post those soon.

A SImple Man said...

Did you make it to Diamond beach? Beutiful sunsets over the water with a flag lowering ceramony and playing of Taps. Wreck of the SS Atlantus in the background.

A SImple Man said...

Did you make it to Diamond beach? Beutiful sunsets over the water with a flag lowering ceramony and playing of Taps. Wreck of the SS Atlantus in the background.

Carol said...

Very nice photos by both you and Alan. Colors are so vivid and clear.

threecollie said...

Chickenfarmer, thanks, I would imagine that there is a lot of quartz involved. I looked this up because you got me curious...lol....and quartz and feldspar are among the commonest minerals in beach sand because of their durability. It sure was pretty! I did a close up crop and it sure looks like quartz.

Merri, thanks, I will get right on the tractors and trees for you. We have plenty of trees and a handful of tractors. lol

A Simple Man, I am pretty sure we didn't, although we wandered around for a while, because the lady in the gps gave us some terrible directions. We went to the bird observatory and the lighthouse beach. I would love to see the area when we have more time to spend. Very lovely!

Carol, thanks, we have a lot of fun taking photos and birding together....or going up in the mountains, or pretty much anything else too. lol