Dancing Shoes at Mill Landing

I admit it. I can’t take the humid heat and today’s been a scorcher!

So instead of being miserable out there on my customary walk, I decided instead to share one of my favorite moments of the summer so far.

I found them there, together, along the shore down at Mill Landing…

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Snowies are one of my favorite shore birds with black bills, long black “stocking” legs and yellow feet.

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It was fun to watch them move along the shore together… and those yellow feet almost made me laugh! Like dancing shoes, out of some vaudeville act; an almost comical contrast to their elegant, white feathered bodies.

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Sometimes, one of the egrets would go their separate way, ever in search of something tasty…

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But not for long and they were back together again, moving as one, along the sandy shore.

(I smiled to myself because I kept hearing Fred Astaire’s “Steppin’ Out with my Baby” refrain in my head!)

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When they came upon the muddier banks of the channel, their white bodies seemed almost like silhouettes-in-reverse against their chocolate brown backdrop.

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They were so quick as they continued to fish. I’d be zooming in and oh MY! Someone had made another catch!

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Then I noticed that one of the pair was deciding to take the high road…

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Up onto the muddy bank he went. And those yellow dancing shoes, steppin’ forward and grabbing hold of the mud like it was made of sponge.

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Plunk, plunk, PLUNK, along he went with such great purpose.

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And then, as if some bell had rung,  it was time for them to go, up, up, and away!

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I was sad to see them go but what an amazing gift!

I shall never forget this glorious pair.

Beauty, focus, connection, all in one glorious package of white feathered magic  — and bright yellow dancing shoes that would have made Fred Astaire jealous!  🙂

Thank you for visiting me here at Images of Cape Cod.

‘Til the next time!

Sally

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