My New Year’s Eve here on Cape Cod was quiet and reflective. Just what I needed to get ready for the New Year.
The evening walk began with an unexpected stop at Red River Beach. I had spotted a Great Blue Heron in the river and there was no way I was going to pass up the chance to get a few pics of this glorious bird who had just made my New Year’s Eve!
The tall golden grass and my friend the cedar never looked more beautiful to me. And as always at sunset time, the old RCA towers always reminded me of some great monoliths of a bygone place and time.
As I headed out on my walk loop, I stopped at another favorite spot that looks across Forest Beach marsh to the lighthouse at Harding’s Beach. But instead of the lighthouse, this time I turned my lens upon the dunes at Harding’s Beach that were aglow with the setting sun.
As I walked along I noticed how quiet it was in the ‘hood. Lucky for me, everyone had headed to the hubbub of Chatham Village for the First Night celebrations there. Still, I was not alone as tiny birds and angels waved to me and wished me, Happy New Year!
When I arrived at Mill Landing, I was surprised to see a swan, a juvenile, looking like he was covered in sooty charcoal, slowly gliding up the channel toward Taylor Pond. I’ve seen the adults here many times, but this was my first sighting of one of the year’s new offspring. Another gift for New Year’s Eve!
Out over the lobster pots I spotted the deserted osprey perch in the distance. Like me it awaits the spring and the chance to welcome back once again the travel-weary osprey to their summer breeding ground.
And as this year comes to a close I just want to thank you for joining me here at Hats and Horses. Your company, your comments and your support have meant so much to me as I share my life of hats, horses, kitties and Cape Cod with you here.
And I wish you and your loved ones a very happy, healthy, peaceful New Year to come!