Birds of the beach


Yesterday, shrugging off the annoyance of a winter cold that has taken away my voice, I got some fresh air on a drizzly morning walk along the water with a friend and her very handsome boy.

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He is so worried when his mom goes in to get hot tea. He’s left outside with me, and I expect him to grin and be gorgeous even though he has big things on his mind.


Our walk was paused by the sight of an eagle sitting on a rock just off the beach.  I love that we weren’t the only ones to stop and enjoy.  He sat there quite a long time, much of it with crows trying to send him on his way.

If I was a crow I don’t think I’d have the sassiness to swoop and dive bomb something that big, with such big claws and such a sharp beak, and who just might want to sample crow sushi.  I think I’d be more likely to sit very still and blend in, like this guy.  Copycat crow.  Sitting real still.  “I am the rock.”

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We also saw an otter in the water, but just a glimpse.  He wasn’t inclined to pose or be photographed and I didn’t have the voice to ask him.

There’s a painting of a raven I was thinking of doing and when I got home with birds on the mind I had every intention of starting it but on the way to the easel I passed the couch and it reached out and grabbed my sniffle-y me.  Isn’t that decadent?  An afternoon nap.  Weird but wonderful.  A lost opportunity to paint but otherwise fabulous!

4 Responses to “Birds of the beach”

  1. Dina

    That was a great walk, thanks for taking me with you! 🙂
    I have a Golden myself, so lovely companions.
    I look forward to your paintings!.
    Greetings from North Norfolk, now packing for Cambridge, a lovely place where I once lived…

    • jennifertan47

      Thanks Dina. It was a good walk.
      I think it’s lovely how you split time between a few places. A change is as good as a rest?
      Thanks so much for your comment. You write such kind things.

  2. kellisamson

    I want my couch to reach out and grab me, too! Your couch needs to message my couch. And what a dapper doggie. Get well soon!


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