Mt. Rainier and Lenticular Clouds - Dec. 2008 copyright: JMM

January 20, 2018

Orleans, Part 2

This almost looked like a murmuration.  Saw it on the way to Nauset Beach.

I really wanted to get down on the beach but the storm chewed away the sand and stairs so it was all roped off.  I think I would've been able to get down, but getting back up to the parking lot was going to be problematic.  As you can see, the Atlantic is ice-free.  The breeze on this side was a bit warmer too.

I really do appreciate having a chauffeur who doesn't mind stopping every few hundred feet so I can get a pic!

Orleans Playhouse

Back downtown.

Orleans Pond

Orleans Waterfront Inn & Restaurant.  I have it on good authority that this place is haunted!

I've never eaten here, nor did we eat here the day we went, but I had to take a pic cause it's definitely an Orleans institution.  I just remember the radio ads from the 80s, "The double double, dragon dragon, inn inn.'  

Hope you enjoy my little tour of Orleans! 

January 18, 2018

Orleans, Part 1

The only two towns I had left to shoot pics of were Orleans and Mashpee.  We decided to take a drive to Orleans on one of the warm days following the storms and freezes.  Russell knows his way around from his years delivering for Coca Cola, and he took me all over the place so I could get my shots.  Our first stop was Skaket Beach on Cape Cod Bay.  Tons of ice chunks that I wasn't expecting.  I didn't realize that CCBay was frozen too.

I've seen pics on Facebook of people walking out on the ice but I wasn't about to take that kind of chance!

Then we went over to Rock Harbor, also on the Bay.

All those super heavy chunks of ice just deposited on top of the jetties.  

I have never seen anything like this in person till this trip and the earlier one to Scraggy Neck.  It's amazing to see.

Entrance to the Harbor.

This was one of two ships still in the water and now stuck in the ice.  I hope their hulls don't get crushed by the ice.

The Cape is picturesque no matter what time of year it is.

January 14, 2018

Chasing a Barge

The weather actually warmed up a bit so we went out on a day trip to Orleans.  On the way home, we saw there was so much more ice than just a couple days before, so Russell took me to the parking lot at the Herring Run, one of the rest areas on the hill above the water, and over to the park here in town so I could get my shots.  This pic is crossing the Sagamore Bridge looking at the Sandwich end.

These were taken at the Herring Run.  The ice was flowing right to left, from Buzzards Bay into Cape Cod Bay.

Sagamore Bridge from Herring Run.

Saw this barge coming when we were at the rest area, so I waited in the chilly wind for it to get a bit closer.

Looked really neat cutting a swath through the ice.  Russell figured it'd be no problem to make it to the park before the barge did, so we went straight to town to wait. 

 The water was super slushy and sounded carbonated and fizzy as it slowly flowed by.

I would imagine that this is some of the ice breaking up, that was at Monument Beach and Scraggy Neck.

The barge is just going under the Bourne Bridge.  It was nice out but I was glad I had my winter coat cause the wind was brisk.