Yesterday was an absolutely clear, cold, windy day here in the Pacific Northwest and I’d originally planned on walking Nisqually since the loop trail opened this week, but the cold East winds made me postpone that until next week. Instead, I walked the local beach for an hour bathing in the sunshine, no matter how cold the air.

The wind-driven waves were so high I could barely see the ducks in the
Sound much of the time.

In fact, the best part of the day was watching the gulls riding the high wind, skittering overheard, sunlight glinting through translucent feathers,

or hovering mid-air, suspended in high winds, suspended in time:

For a while I envied the high-flying gulls able to soar hundreds of feet simply with the tilt of a wing, followed by an equally impressive dive all without a single flap of the wings.

Soon, though, merely being able to share their flight, their joy in the cerulean blue skies seemed like flight enough for one day.

5 thoughts on “Yesterday”

  1. Dear Loren

    I discovered your website some years ago while doing a search for Wendell Berry, a poet unknown to me at the time. I was captivated by the poetry, words and images that you share with the readers. I appreciate how you explore the beauty and pain of life and that you open our eyes to the potential for joy that surrounds us – in our relationships, in a moment or image captured in verse or on film, and in the natural world – like the flight of this bird.

    I have enjoyed these pages over the years but never commented on them – but today I needed to say – THANK YOU!

  2. Thank you, Kathy.

    It’s certainly my intention to share my life with my readers.

    Hopefully I manage to share more of the joy than I do the sorrow.

  3. Having shared two cancer surgeries since starting this blog, I’m sure that I’ve shared more than enough of my sorrow,Wenda.

    Not to mention my sadness at the two recent wars America has chosen to initiate.

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