Greater Scaup Meditation – Day 26 (Part II)

The sundown moments I had with this (my very first) Greater Scaup this past week were some of the most special of my short time photographing wildlife.


There are no words to describe what it feels like to be crouching down…


Waiting for a bird to relax, as I relax.

It’s almost a meditation, requiring focus, patience — and good knees!  😉


This beautiful Lady rewarded me.


And then some.


Moon Sets over Herring Gull at Wychmere – Day 25

Well, it looked like I wasn’t the ONLY one who saw the moonrise this morning at Wychmere.


I pulled in, hoping to spot an Eider if I was lucky, or maybe a Red-breasted Merganzer who’d made it thru’ the wind storm overnight.

But I got even luckier when I saw this beautiful Herring Gull, standing at her post as the moon set just overhead.


Such a gorgeous moon it was, waning from the full Wolf Moon this past week that was too overcast for us all to see.


And this gull seemed to be taking in the full beauty of the moment.


Perhaps pondering the day that lay before her…


And feeling a certain sense of hopefulness and calm

As she sallied forth, with the moon on her shoulder.  😉


 

My First Greater Scaup – Day 24

Well I met my first Greater Scaup the other evening.

Even in the lowest of sunset lights in the harbor, she was as lovely a Lady as I’d ever want to meet!


Her partner flew in to join her, well after darkness had fallen.

Hopefully, if the sun ever returns to us, I’ll visit with them both again and be able to do their beauty justice.

More images of Lady Scaup to come!  ❤

Slipper Shell, Iced In – Day 18

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.


One Glorious Winter’s Day, I Met a Seal – Day 17

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.


Although this gull who suddenly flew in, seemed determined to prove me wrong!  😉


I’d only ever seen seals down at the fish pier in Chatham, but I knew it was a Harbor Seal.


Yet because I had never seen one here at Bank Street, I wasn’t sure if he was simply enjoying the setting sunshine…


Or if there was something wrong with him.

So, I called Wild Care of Cape Cod, then IFAW, two of my favorite wildlife organizations here on the Cape.


IFAW asked me to take a few pics, if I could, and email them in when I got home to my computer.

Could I??

I tried to get different angles, different views, as he turned, this way and then that…


Several times, he appeared to be trying to snooze a bit.


Yet the whole time, he was very much aware of me.

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.


Little could he have known, I was a FAN!

And when he “waved” at me, well…


I was over the MOON!

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.

Whew!

Once I knew that, I could relax, and enjoy the sheer Beauty of this amazing sea mammal who happened to cross my path.


One glorious winter’s day.  ❤

A Winter Beach Sunset – Day 15

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.


Yet even in the muted, hazy light the magic of the sunset shone through the clouds…


Sending a golden light across the wide landscape …


Right down to the tiny wispy blades of sea grass, gently waving in the breeze.


I’m so glad I braved the cold and the gray.

In search of the beauty.

Of this winter beach.