Thursday, December 30, 2010

life at the water's edge

It's good to be home. I was distracted all day by the startling beauty of this clear, cold winter's day at the water's edge. At sunset we walked down to the beach to enjoy the last of the light. The tide was out and sea glass was everywhere; Cal collected a handful. Abbott conducted imaginary duels with pieces of driftwood. I sat on the rocks of the beach, taking pictures of the reflected light on the water. At one point a heron flew in front of me. A moment later, Cal exclaimed in surprise and awe, 'a seal! a seal!'; seen on the beach behind me. It scooted toward the water's edge and seemed to be moving easily. We quickly left, as it was obviously agitated by our presence. I wish I knew his story. I hope he wasn't lost or sick or separated from his mother. It was the first time in the three years we've lived here we've seen one.

11 comments:

Stacy said...

Oh my! How cute!! We see them in the water all the time but I've never seen anything like that.

Francesca said...

life at your water's edge is really amazing. I wonder whether the baby seal was surprised to see you!
Happy New Year to you and yours!
PS thanks for linking to my post!

pve design said...

I am taking this as a good sign for the New Year!
What wonderful images you share....from your vantage.
pve

Darcy said...

beautiful pics as always - happy NYE!

likeschocolate said...

Hope is mom was not too far away. Happy New Years! Gorgeous photos!

AM said...

Everyday this year, I have checked your blog to see what it's like in the GPNW. Thank you for that window on my former home. I do hope you will continue to post frequently with your beautiful pictures.

Hayley Harland said...

These are such joyful pictures they made me smile when I opened the page up. Absolutely beautiful. You live in an amazing place.

Valerie said...

gorgeous gorgeous ! i will never ever get enough of your wonderful & inspiring photographies !!!

Ivy said...

Love the seal... mwah!

Cheers~Ivy

molly said...

In all my 36 years in Seattle, I never once saw a seal. What magic.

Thanks for these, especially, Lecia. They are mighty fuel for my Northwest-loving soul.

jenny said...

What a treat to see a seal! Maybe it's a selkie! Have you ever seen The Secret of Roan Inish? One of my favorite movies. You really got some great shots of him, Lecia. So gorgeous.