What a treat to see baby Flamingos! I didn’t have my camera but I did have my phone. Never use your zoom on your camera phone. It sucks. I used the zoom on my camera phone.
This little fella looks like he’s high-centered, but Mom is here to help.
One can work up quite an appetite getting stranded.
The folk who live in the waves call out to me-
“We sing from morning till night; on and on we travel and know
not where we pass.”
I ask, “But how am I to join you?”
They tell me, “Come to the edge of the shore and stand with
your eyes tight shut, and you will be carried out upon the waves.”
I say, “My mother always wants me at home in the everything-
how can I leave her and go?”
They smile, dance and pass by.
But I know a better game than that.
I will be the waves and you will be a strange shore.
I shall roll on and on and on, and break upon your lap with
And no one in the world will know where we both are.
~ Rabindranath Tagore from the poem “Clouds and Waves”
The city of Venice, CA forgot to check with me and find out which days I would be visiting before they decided to drain the canals for their Spring cleaning. Imagine that! That didn’t stop this family of 3 from taking an early morning boat trip. I don’t know how many times I have walked these canals, but this is the first time I have seen anyone actually paddling down them.
I still have a hard time saying those two words together without laughing, but if you follow Magpie’s blog you know that they do indeed exist.
There is one section that is old, dry, and neglected. It looks like it was a nice place to walk once. Not so much anymore. Then there is a lush and beautiful side, teeming with all sorts of wildlife….
… Which you cannot get to. Sadly, that part is currently not open to the public and can only, legally, be accessed by permit. So we did what all good, law abiding citizens do and got a permit!
But even then you can’t get to the really good part. All I could think of was the song “Signs” and the line “Hey you, what gives you the right to put up a fence to keep me out and you keep all the nature in?” We want to be over there with the egrets, the pelicans, the yellow headed blackbirds and ducks! Not. Fair. At. All.
After scoping it out earlier in the week, We knew we could make our way to the nesting place of the Great Blue Herons. As we walked up to the tree, I think Magpie counted 7 of them.
They watched us cautiously. Some of them got a little nervous. They were tolerant but vigilant.
They are such magnificent birds and fun to watch and photograph. Alas, the trip was not a total bust.
But Magpie is determined to get on the other side of that fence someday, and I believe she will – one way or another.
( I used my Oly Pen PL-2 on this trip and posted this blog using Blogsy for iPad. Photos were edited using Snapseed and PhotoToaster.)