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cape cod / film no. 5

July 30, 2009











those pink flowers (pictured above) above are all over cape cod. do you know what type of flowers they are?

currently blown away by these cat power BBC recordings.

the weekend is almost here! a good day to you.

  1. July 30, 2009 7:51 am

    OK that FIRST picture? ah, swooooon.

  2. July 30, 2009 8:08 am

    brilliant, brian.
    oh, and blurb. that’s all.

  3. marthasnail permalink
    July 30, 2009 8:18 am

    this is an excellent grouping. i can’t really see the pink flowers though i’m wondering if they are some kind of beach roses. that top photo is my very favorite.

  4. July 30, 2009 8:27 am

    Ok, Brian. These are too much. Too good.
    That one of the path down to the beach-I’m right there just looking at it.
    Aren’t those flowers “just” roses?
    Thanks-these are almost the first things I’ve seen today, and it starts the day out so nicely.

  5. July 30, 2009 8:43 am

    i’d like to be all over cape cod.

  6. July 30, 2009 8:54 am

    these may be the best yet?
    8 is a vintage for sure :)
    and i’m with carolyn, swooning at no. 1 too!
    those are definitely roses. if you sent me a closer view i could ask my mum, she has a head full of rose names :)

  7. July 30, 2009 8:55 am

    lovely shots! the little pink beauties look like rosa rugosa to me! beach roses are some of my favorites.

  8. July 30, 2009 8:56 am

    Cat Power can do no wrong. Seriously…

  9. July 30, 2009 9:10 am

    Oh how lovely :)
    I just love the colors in the first and second ones..
    There are wild roses everywhere in Quebec province where I live, they just smell so good mixed with the smell of the sea!

  10. July 30, 2009 9:17 am

    cape cod suits you well. these are all just awesome. that beach picture with all the people=classic perfection!

  11. July 30, 2009 10:04 am

    wow. all I can say is that you should have a cape cod film party before you go. Like your 365. I’d bet it would be a hit.

  12. July 30, 2009 10:16 am

    thanks, friends!

    it turns out that those pink flowers spilling over the dirt road are “fairy roses.” and the bit of pink in the first photo is a saltspray rose (rosa rugosa – thanks, erin). i’m awful at identifying plants and flowers, so thanks for your input.

  13. July 30, 2009 10:18 am

    the flowers look like geraniums to me. we have them potted all over in seattle. is this right?

    i love the photo with the flowers and the one above it.

  14. July 30, 2009 10:35 am

    so gorgeous brian! seriously!

  15. July 30, 2009 10:47 am

    You’re killing me. #7’s geraniums: oh my.

  16. July 30, 2009 12:20 pm

    That beach scene kills me!

  17. July 30, 2009 1:02 pm

    Yep. These are killing. I am particularly enjoying your summer photos these weeks. You capture summer best and at its best. Thank you!

  18. July 30, 2009 2:08 pm

    The beach scene looks like another era!!! Loving it.

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  20. Heather permalink
    July 30, 2009 10:24 pm

    lovely photos and series. i just want to be there! the flowers are rosa rugosa. i lived a several years off the cape on mv and these wild rose bushes say home to me more than anything. thanks!

  21. July 31, 2009 12:04 am

    So beautiful! The bridge one…love it!

  22. August 1, 2009 9:04 pm

    Gorgeous work. Great blog. I wish could just reach out and grab that drink!

  23. Gavin permalink
    August 1, 2009 9:49 pm

    just curious, what kind of camera are you using?

    they’re great photos

  24. August 2, 2009 5:27 am

    beautiful set of analogue photos! the color tones in the first two are so nice! well nice is an understatement…soft and warm, just perfect.

    i have come across your blog through sandra’s – you take really great photos!

  25. August 2, 2009 6:30 pm

    wow – what a stunning collection. i can smell those roses right now and feel a light breeze on my cheek.

  26. August 2, 2009 7:23 pm

    I have only been to your blog a couple of times… I drifted here from Orangette some time ago. Today I saw your photos and your question about flowers, and it is up my alley so I must respond in my slow, meandering way.

    First, the roses. You have captured what is commonly known as a salt spray rose, or a rugosa, as one of your readers correctly identified. But since you seem full of wonder… I thought I would elaborate. Rugosa roses are not native to Cape Cod. They came here hundreds of years ago, likely brought on ships as a form of trade, from Asia. They have mutated and naturally morphed into this wild rugosa on Cape Cod. Another rose you might see around Cape Cod, (though I do not believe it is the one in your lovely photo), is a climber known as “the fairy”. Both of these beach beauties love sandy soil and the salty air. Wild roses are very romantic. I found some once in an old foundation, and I have brought them with me wherever I move. Most wild rose hips make delicious jelly, sauces and of course tea. Roses are related to apples… and some people can taste this in the jelly. Some varieties of apple trees actually have thorns.

    The other flower in the pot, someone identified as geranium. The latin name is pelargonium, and there are hundreds of varieties. The common name, geranium, is the correct latin name of another plant entirely… which often causes confusion at garden centers. I use latin names for work. But I think common names are far more poetic.

    Now you didn’t ask about the vine growing in the tree, but I am going to tell you about it anyway, because I love it. Virginia creeper, (or in latin parthenocissus quinquefolia), is an extraordinary vine native to North America. I love this native plant, although some discard it as a weed. Humble though it is throughout summer, the leaves turn the most exquisite scarlet in autumn… stunning when contrasted by dark trunks or evergreen trees. I do love a chameleon in nature.

    I enjoy your blog, and the name, the blue hour is my favorite time of day. I like listening to the hermit thrush at dusk in the forest.

    Hope I wasn’t too wordy. Have a lovely evening.

  27. August 2, 2009 7:47 pm

    oh and sorry… TOP rose photo , salt spray, rugosa. SECOND photo = “the fairy”. But I think you have that already anyway. I just wanted to share the story. :)

  28. Mary permalink
    August 3, 2009 5:33 pm

    I spent many a summer on Cape Cod. We would spend time in Chatham. My parents moved to the Cape for a short while. They lived near the Barnstable High School. Dowses (sp?) is a favorite beach of mine. The Chatham shoreline has changed so much since I first went there. Forest Beach is more or less the same. Cockle Cove doesn’t exist anymore, I don’t think. Anyway, thanks for sharing your photos.

  29. August 11, 2009 6:58 am

    your photos are so gorgeous and inspiring!


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