I dropped in at Rock Harbor, and was amazed to see how frozen over it all was.
The Slipper Shell, often called a slipper limpet, is a snail with a decklike half partition inside its shell.
You often see them on our beaches, stacked on on top of the other.
I simply think they are beautiful…
Especially when I come upon them along the shore in winter, all covered with ice crystals.
Well there I was, photographing Sanderlings along the shore at Bank Street Beach.
When I spotted something ahead on the jetty that was definitely larger than a bird.
I tried to get different angles, different views, as he turned, this way and then that…
Somehow, by his eyes and demeanor, I could tell he knew I was not a threat.
That I meant him no harm, which could not have been more true.
And when he “waved” at me, well…
The following day I was relieved to hear from IFAW that this appeared to be an individual that was doing well.
In fact, he’d been spotted again, in Hyannis, looking healthy.
Once I knew that, I could relax, and enjoy the sheer Beauty of this amazing sea mammal who happened to cross my path.
It was another darkish, gray hazy sunset at Bank Street beach.
But that didn’t stop me from pulling up my hoodie, or the gulls from showing up along the shoreline.
Some perched atop their mounds of slipper shells, while others pecked thru’ the seaweed for some dinner, chattering (as gulls do) all the while.
In search of the beauty.
Of this winter beach.
I could have SO easily gotten rear-ended, but I could not resist pulling over to the side of the road and leaning out the window for this cutie!
And the magic that is so uniquely and noisily and charmingly… Kingfisher. ❤