Beauty Still Lives – Day 87 (Pt. II)

This evening I went in search of Beauty.

And thankfully, found it.


In the soaking wet, drenched head of a gorgeous Red-breasted Merganser drake…


Just coming into his adult feathers…


And diving for squiggling, wriggling fish in the fading harbor light.


Yesindeed, Beauty still LIVES!  ❤ ❤ ❤

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Morning Naps – Day 87

There’s something so restful to me about Canada Geese, all bathed, all tucked in…


For a morning nap.

Especially if there are reflections involved.


Don’t you think?


Return to Forest Beach – Day 71

My re-entry today at Forest Beach, from start to finish, was nothing short of magical.

A Ring-billed-gull, snatching his dinner from the sea.


A large clam shell, covered with barnacles and seaweed, bathed by one wave after another, and another, and another.


And my BRANTS!

Soaring above me and out over the water, calling to one another as they flew.

Follow me, follow me!


This way, this way!


I found the prettiest beach shrine of piled up rocks of all different colors and sizes; created by someone to whom they meant something special.


It felt so WONDERFUL to be…


HOME.  ❤

A Post without Birds – Day 70 (Makeup)

Sometimes I wonder if I share too many posts about birds.

So here’s my attempt at a “nonbird photo session” from a recent visit to the Chatham Fish pier.

Looking out from the Pier, the water was smooth like glass.


In the distance you could see the eiders, slowly making their way in as the day was drawing to a close.

I love buoys, and lucky for me the harbor is full of them in Chatham, all different sizes and colors!


Doesn’t that beautiful male White-winged Scoter make such a beautiful contrast to the orange of that buoy?

I also noticed that a truck was in from Red’s Best, a fish market/restaurant from Boston – it looks like someone has good taste when it comes to fresh fish!  😉


And isn’t that a cormorant on their logo?

There’s quite a bit of construction going on right now at the pier, with the brand spanking new observation deck due by June.


And can you tell who’s in charge of that particular project?!

Sometimes I think I’d like to take a stroll up the beach from the pier sometime, although I am guessing that sign up ahead probably says something about “CBI Guests Only”.


Say, do you think someone forgot to warn the gulls that they’re trespassing?

Myohmy, it sure was beautiful looking out toward Tern Island, where we’ll be seeing a lot of Oystercatcher families coming along again this year.


And it looks to me like the gulls are making their plans already for stealing as many oysters from those bright red bills as possible this summer!

This Lady Eider was clearly not impressed with their schemes.


Well looking back now on this post, it looks like I pretty much failed miserably in my attempt at a “nonbird” post.

As you can see, this gull could not for the life of him figure out why anyone would want to photograph anything but bird, birds, BIRDS!!!


He’s got a point there.  😉

Come on-a my House – Day 66

Isn’t it somethin’… Just when you think there’s nothin’ going on in a particular moment.

It’s frigid cold outside, the harbor’s all iced in, so no major sea bird activity.

And then, out of nowhere, these tiny House Sparrows show up!


Full of song…

All dewy-eyed wonder for one another.


And you know?

Suddenly, it just didn’t feel so cold anymore…


It was starting to feel like –


SPRING!  😉

Red-breasted Merganser, Finding His Way- Day 57

I met my very first immature male Red-breasted Merganser today, with its feathers just starting to morph into the adult color palette.

When I asked someone about him, they used the words “messy” to describe the feather coloring.

I, personally, found him to be BEAUTIFUL, just as he is!


And anyway… isn’t all growth, life, art, relationships, messy at best??   😉