At the Shore

Two thousand nineteen approaches and one can’t help but shake their head in disbelief, especially when you’re considered a senior citizen now. Remember my parents in their 60’s thinking they were “so old” In today’s world we have computer and algorithm’s determining age. (adore that link, they said I was 34) Yes I was born before the Internet.

Love observing nature, especially the shore birds. Every day they hunt for their food,  instinctively led or as demonstrated by their parents. Even mate choosing is for that season or life!

Parents have always played an important role and where they are fledged. Quite fascinating to watch wilderness versus urban-suburban nestings. Ospreys are so attentive and when you see a “flock” fishing look closely at their eyes; orange vs yellow and soon realize it’s a whole family fishing! Parents demonstrating how it’s done!  So unlike the Eagles, who steal not only from the Osprey, Vulture’s as well!! Opportunists indeed, eating dead prey while Osprey’s catch and eat only live fish.

Ever watch a crow or raven hunt? Better yet ever see them dead on the side of the road?!! Absolutely NEVER! They are among the most highly intelligent animals on earth, based on their ability to solve problems, make tools and consider possible future events.  Today saw one in the mix of a bunch of sea birds! Raven’s are my favorite.

Certainly had fun watching them and was wondering if they ever “play”. This is one thing I most definitely love about being human, feeling joy, being alive in it.  This day it cracked me up observing the balance act below. Mr Pelican was extremely tolerant as both were focused on the goal, circling bate fish.

Pelicans waddle well and their take off skills are bit clumsy looking but wow can they soar! They are also very tolerant of other birds if they’re not eating them! Although pelicans specialize in eating fish, they also prey on amphibians, turtles, and yes other birds. If it can fit down their throats, it’s fair game!! WEEEeeee~

Soaring birds delight me as they maneuver through unseen wind patterns ignites the desires to fly, to sail!!  Something about wind and water, this combination is what attracts me to the sea and I think living on the water would be an incredible adventure.  This attraction draws me to the seashore weekly.

It’s definitely a delicate balance, water, air, fire and earth. All elements so vital for survival. Elements which enthral me. Smiling here, realize my favorite people in the whole world are of course my children and best friends; scorpio and pisces. Afterall were not the three wise men led by a star? A thought-provoking science indeed.

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It’s been an interesting year. Letting go of preconceived idea of living love, while recognizing the abounding steadfast commitment and daily infusions of a deeply engaging life with this silly perma smile on my face.  Ahh to trust a loving friendship again is like  trusting your very own “gut” again!

Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory.

Totally must admit, this year cusps on such a delicate sense of vulnerability. It feels like truth and looks like courage, definitely not comfortable yet totally remains real. Yes, effort is everything! Just like nature, one day at a time LIVE and NEVER give up on love.

About Brenda

"Brenda adores the birds. She is enchanted with their grace, their beauty. It was the birds and being out among them that gave her the peace she so needed and forged a new passion She uses a camera to capture those incredible moments, to savor them and share them with others. For her the camera was freedom. Brenda spent her life healing others, and dealing with incredible pain and despair. The world of birds and nature and photography was what she turned to in order to see the beautiful side of the world" -Eric Curtis Cummings
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3 Responses to At the Shore

  1. Michael Todd says:

    Your efforts are always full-on victorious, Brenda.

    Great post to kick off this new year…

  2. I love that first bird. They are all good but my favorite it the first one. like velvet

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