Sunday, January 30, 2011

Walking The Beach In The Rain...

Having been camped up the house for a day and a half, we decided a walk on the nearby beach would be good, regardless of the winter rain...


Walking along the beached logs...
some look like giant whale vertebrae.


In a driftwood house...
we found sanctuary from the rain.

I loved these sweet little sea birds, as they joyfully played in the chilly
water.  Swimming and diving like synchronized swimmers with dear little
swim caps on their heads... (any idea's on what they might be?)

Who was watching who..???  I'm not sure, but these NorthWest Crows
have certainly got their act together, feeding on all manner of shellfish, washed-up
half eaten carrion, and of course goodies that unsuspecting picnic-ers who turn there 
back for a second and don't know how wily these corvid characters can be... 

I love going to the beach at any time of year,,, its ever changing, inspiring and beautiful.


Here's a Mary Oliver poem I'd like to share...

Winter

And the waves
gush pearls
from their snowy throats
as they come 
leaping 
over the moss-green,
black-green,
glass-green roughage--
as they crumble
on the incline
scattering
whatever they carry
in their invisible
and motherly
hands:
stones,
seaweed,
mussels,
icy and plump
with waled shells,
waiting
for the gatherers
who come flying
on their long white wings--
who comes walking,
who comes muttering:
thank you,
old dainties,
dark wreckage,
coins of the sea
in my pockets
and plenty for the gulls
and wind still pounding
and the sea still streaming in like a mother wild with gifts--
in this world i am as rich
as I need to be.

4 comments:

Angie said...

Beautiful images of your walk in the beach. I hope you had a lovely time.

Angie
Linen + Verbena

Carol said...

See you have made great use of the camera. Caelin must be very proud!
Working in the market these days.. too busy to do anything else; not even taking shots. Sigh.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Glad to see you enjoying the beach. It is so wonderful, isn't it? I wish I could help you with the shorebirds, but I don't know what they are.

XO,

Sheila

Jean said...

Lovely images. Enjoyed your post.