A first trip to Cape Cod: photographed in watercolor

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.

Beth’s Sony RX100 II camera has a “watercolor” setting, and the overcast day was ready to be livened up with the painted effect.

The day was grey – both water and sky.   When we looked out to the distant boats they appeared to be small dark dots in the water. Using the telephoto and the paint effect created quite a different image.

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.

As she spoke, Beth captured a few images of the grasses, the critical buffer between and the water and the land.

At another beach, the more a photo image took on a painterly quality, the better we liked it.

We enjoyed another excellent guided hike at the National Seashore to the beech forest.

A few small bushes and trees had started to change color which is always a good time for photography.

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.

Our favorite was a seal that looked like it was body surfing on a wave, never taking its eyes off of 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.


October 2018

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Beth and Joe enjoy simple travel.
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9 Responses to A first trip to Cape Cod: photographed in watercolor

  1. plaidcamper says:

    Always great to spot seals – they are so photogenic! Loved the watercolour “paintings” you created, an interesting camera setting.

  2. It’s fun to play with the camera settings and these vistas were perfect for the watercolour setting. That seal really looks like he’s watching you watching him.

  3. Reading this while sitting in our Cape Cod chairs.

  4. icelandpenny says:

    Don’t think I ever made it to Cape Cod myself, so thank you for the tour. I did, as a child, spend several weeks-long family holidays in Cape Anne, just to the north. Did you get there as well?

  5. Tina Schell says:

    The watercolor effect worked very well! Nicely done

  6. Joel says:

    Welcome to the Bay State! It is difficult for the Bostonian in me to believe that notwithstanding your innumerable and diverse travels all over the world you have never been to Cape Cod! I’m sorry that the weather is a bit colder than optimal but I know you’ll enjoy yourselves, the Fall color and the Cape all the same.

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