Thursday, August 31, 2006

Farewell to the Island for Now

We'll be leaving for the midwest on Saturday. It is heartbreaking to leave here, even though we will be having exciting adventures in many parts of the country where we've never explored. Still, it will tear at our hearts to uproot from this precious spot where, each time we visit, our happiness seems unbounded! Here are a few last lingering photos from the days just gone by.

My dear sister-in-law, Lynn, visited for a few days (she's with me in the snapshot below). We took a long beach walk and observed some heron drama which we did not understand (mating? fighting?). A pair of herons on a sand bar, both with wings unfurled and extended, seemed to be stalking each other. First they would move in one direction a few feet apart, then both would turn and move in the opposite direction. After a bit of this dance, they suddenly turned and faced each other and rushed together, jumping into the air when they came together. This happened a couple of times over about five minutes, and then they went their separate ways. It was beautiful and dramatic, that's for sure! By the way, can you guess my favorite bird???

We saw a magnificent sea star stranded in a tide pool.Just for laughs, I'm including a photo of how they wrap "donut" peaches up here. We've been subscribing to a weekly box of produce from a local organic farm (fantastic food) and each week we've been getting these donut peaches packed up as donuts! Too cute!Since we'll be on the road for the next month, I probably won't be able to post much on this blog. Hopefully in October I'll have lots of new things to talk about! See you then!


robin andrea said...

Fantastic heron shots, sigrid! That must have been quite sight. They are such beautiful birds. That sea star is great. We see them here every now and then. We once watched one move very quickly, while we were standing on a pier and staring down into the very clear water. They move surprisingly fast.

So sorry to see you go, and so soon. We'll miss having you and Dotty close by. Safe journey to you.

Endment said...

Have a wonderful trip!!!

The Fat Lady Sings said...

Wonderful, wonderful! I have so enjoyed your pictures. That last one of the starfish is gorgeous. *sigh* I miss living near the ocean so much!