I was driving to the marsh last evening, certain that the light was fading much too fast and the air too chill for anything to be out and about.
And then – out of the corner of my eye I saw a flash of white!
A seagull? No, too tall for a gull.
Or could it BE? A Snowy? This early?
I pulled the car over and hopped out, my heart racing and my camera ready.
And there he was, a Snowy! And those glorious white feathers such a contrast to the matted brown marsh grass that framed him. He looked a bit tousled and dazed, and I wouldn’t have been surprised if the Red River creek was his very first stop.
How I have been longing for the these elegant, whimsical harbingers of spring to return. They are for sure one of my very favorite summer marsh companions and I have missed them since their fall departures.
And this clever one spotted me right away, I had but a moment to steady my trembling hands for a shot.
One click, then two, and up, up, and away he flew!
Almost as if he’d never been there.
I’ll be looking for you, dear Snowy, you and all the others as you return to this, your Cape Cod summer home! 😉