In our extensive travels there are still lots and lots of places we haven’t been to – some by design and others because it just wasn’t on our way to anywhere else. It was high time, we thought, to make a trip to Cape Cod.
We left Maine as the rain began to fall and headed south. We took a lunch break at the harbor in Plymouth, Massachusetts. After a seafood meal, we explored the working harbor with cameras at the ready.
Once we arrived on Cape Cod, where we’d be staying for 10 days, we joined a guided bird walk at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. We saw very few birds but the excellent guide dazzled us as she described how the diminishing night heron bird population and increasing numbers of native square-back marsh crabs negatively affect the sand grasses so important to the marsh ecology.
We enjoyed another excellent guided hike at the National Seashore to the beech forest.
We headed over to Head of the Meadow beach in Truro and started walking north along the water’s edge. Soon we saw a grey seal in the water, then another. We sat on the sand and 25 seals swam nearby, just off shore, to gawk at us as we continued to watch them. At the end of the sandy spit there were about 100 seals gathered – some on the sandy beach – but most in the water not far from the shore. We walked down towards them for a better look but took care not to disturb them.
This was no time for a watercolor photographic image. Beth turned the setting off and took many photos of the seals as they watched us.
We got some lovely images using the watercolor camera setting, but we knew that, when the seals swam nearby, it was time to reset the camera to manual and get the best photos we could.