Sunday, April 22, 2012

What the neighbors could teach us...


I walked down the southern garden path aiming to be without an eye for anything that might need to be done.


                               
                   The afternoon sun on a hillside of rattlesnake grass spoke with authority on the fleeting nature of  time, the beauty of rest, and the need to ever enter in.  

                         

                                             
                             Two mother otters had their young pups in the cove...the pups would squeak when their mothers dove down for dinner.



Fog moved in suddenly and hid some of the color that the light reveals...but contrast is a powerful inducement to seeing as well.



Yesterday  I had time to grab the binoculars when a large school of dolphins cruised into the northern cove.   I couldn't begin to count how many dark triangles I was seeing, and when some of them would leap and breach it was thrilling.  The  numbers I was  grasping at in my mind seemed like I must be  exaggerating, but I read tonight that common dolphins travel in schools of 500 to 2000.  Yes...I saw so many I was reluctant to believe my eyes.  I also read that they are social and co-operative and that within their large groups they have family connections as well..  I had been struck with their proximity to each other...they were so very side by side.

The pelicans have been back in force too...I haven't taken any pictures of them this year...yet...they also know how to stick together.


6 comments:

Marfa said...

I bet it was so much fun to watch the otters play...and the pelicans, you have such wonderful neighbors! Mine are mostly of the human sort, sitting outside for a cigarette (yuck)...but I did see a mockingbird in the neighbor's silver maple a few days ago, I found it because I heart the sweet string of songs...and did take a little video before it flew off...

GretchenJoanna said...

That dolphin show does sound too thrilling. I'm so happy to think of you keeping company with your neighbors that way.

And I love your phrase "the beauty of rest."

Sarah said...

Oh, those are amazing sights!! It must have been stunning to see the school of dolphin. Last year, while hiking at Pt. Lobos, I saw a large school of dolphin and was really amazed. Most people never have the opportunity to see what you do! Thanks for sharing!

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

You hard working girl ... glad you got a moment to rest and enjoy the beauty around you.

Anonymous said...

Bravo, what phrase..., an excellent idea

SisterlyLove said...

OH! These are my favorite posts!
I love seeing that vista in the first photo. I could look at that all day... everyday. =]
Thanks!
Emaline