Afterwords…….after words

My heart grows strong.

My heart grows healthy.

My heart is happy.

My heart is well.

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The Cape’s Colors, oak leaves, grey shingles, and mums

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Waiting for Winter

Patiently, the ice cream stand chairs wait for winter snows.   Already coated in white, they will be hidden.Image

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Mid-October on the Cape

ImageThe ice cream truck is covered; chairs are aligned to face the winter winds.  Cape Cod in mid-October.  Evidence of summer activities is transformed to “See You Next Season” signs on local produce stands.  Fewer footprints in the sand on the beach.  People walking dogs where they were forbidden during season.

As places close down and shutter up, the Cape opens its arms to its locals.

 

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Closing Out on Cape Cod

Closing Out on Cape Cod

The ubiquitous ice cream shops close in October. You can get great bargains on the end-of-season flavors, hand packed in pints or quarts.

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Cape Cod Churchyard in Autumn

ImageA West Yarmouth churchyard full of pumpkins….every autumn coloring the landscape.  Here on the Cape, the fall colors are muted, marshy, earthy tones.  But the pumpkins…..

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Cape Cod Fences

ImageThe beach fences of the Cape seem to be there to give the sand grains a place to gather, or something to talk about.  These wooden decorations give us something too,  a chance to get lost in their maze of shadows, shapes, trails.  To wander.

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A Cape Cod Fence

A Cape Cod Fence

Shadow trails, defiant standing shapes, the sands of Cape Cod are ornamented by their fences.

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The Paths of Veins

An intriguing part of looking at plants is following the paths of veins, those carriers of nourishment to the far reaches of the leaf.  The Bird of Paradise has a long, straight, prominent red vein, right down the center.  In the colorful caladium, the veins form a pattern to enchant the viewer, as do the veins of the coleus.  Regal veins, veins traveling out over pancakes leaves, Porterweed ridges…all wonderful pieces of the experience of looking at leaves.ImageImageImage  ImageImage

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Colors of Pottery

Ron Mayhew, my Florida photography mentor, and I went to a nearby pottery farm where pots are so plentiful it appears they grow right out of the ground.  Tall pots, squat pots, pigment lush pots, painted pots…all gather in rows or stand alone, waiting for a passerby or potential customer to notice (or salute) each and every one.

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