Sanderling Surprise – Day 11

It was an eventful walk this evening, to say the least!

The first surprise, was a HUGE flock of Sanderlings, scooting along the shore with the gulls.

Something was obviously washing in for dinner, and the Sanderlings were feeding voraciously.

By the sounds of their excited little peeps, I could tell they were having one heck of a good time!  😉

Such a glorious surprise on this chill sunny day, and more surprises to come!  😉

My Kind of Fireworks

Don’t you just love it…

When something you have seen your whole life, something ordinary… like a catbird.

A fascinating vocal repertoire to be sure, being relatives of the mockingbird and all.

Yet decked out in slate gray feathers with darker gray highlights, black crown and dark black button eyes.

All in all pretty plain… right?

Well it turns out, when you lift up that plain gray wrapper…

There’s so much more than you ever would have imagined!

WaHOO!!! Color fireworks indeed!!

Just look at those bright rusty red feathers.

And hidden all the time under that plain gray wrapper.

Ever since  I first learned their colorful secret, I have never, ever looked at another catbird and seen it quite the same.

Nor, I suspect, will you.

Happy Fourth, everybody!!  😉


Peek-a-boo Oriole

Every spring it’s the same.

I hear the orioles. But I find myself chasing them with my camera to get a really good look at their glorious colors!

This spring it has been the same.

The other day I was stuck in traffic when I heard that unmistakable sound of the orioles.

I quickly turned to my left and there he was, peeking thru’ the fence at me!

I guess that just goes to show you…

Next time you find yourself moaning about road work and traffic jams, look around you!

‘Cuz you never know who might be looking your way.  😉




Sunset Surprise


Just when I think my evening walk is over.

Certain that I’ve squeezed the very best moments out of the day with my little camera.

I walk down to the shore for one last look — and get a surprise, yet again, of a sunset afterglow that takes my breath away.


And I marvel as I watch all the of gulls rapidly streaming toward the horizon, heading for their own safe harbors for the night.


But not so fast that they don’t have time for one final glide against a sky too glorious for all of us not to delight in for just a moment more…


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‘Til next time!