What begins well sometimes even ends well. Monday’s trip actually ended up on a high note as there was no fog and no high winds when we reached Tokeland around 6:30 PM. As a result, I actually got the best of the light of the day there.

One of my favorite shots of the day was this elegant Whimbrel,


a bird we only see during migration, and only the second shot I’ve ever gotten of one. I wouldn’t have gotten this one if a more experienced birder hadn’t pointed it out to me as it was well camouflaged amid the flock of Marbled Godwits.

Of course, I couldn’t resist taking several pictures of the Marbled Godwits, even though I already have many shots taken during previous visits

Marbled Godwits

At the end of the day the sun was low enough in the sky that there was a Marbled Godwits were literally glowing in the sun, and I couldn’t help but be struck by the abstract beauty of the whole scene:

Godwits with Waves

5 thoughts on “Tokeland”

  1. Wow! The image of the ten Marbled Godwits with the series of small waves in the late day light is a new favorite of mine!

    The Northern Harrier from your last post makes me think of the Tai Chi class I’ve been taking since spring, of those occasional moments of balanced movement and grace that I didn’t expect to experience when I started taking the class. I’m grateful to the teachers for encouraging me to continue with the class.

    Grateful for your spirit-lifting photographs.

  2. Glad to hear you both like the last photo, the one I debated the most on which version to use and how to crop it to its best effect.

    Also glad to hear that you continued with Tai Chi, am. I think it adds a different dimension than you get from yoga. I suspect the perfect place to practice it would be on the beach, as the movements somehow seems attuned to nature.

  3. elegant a perfect word for this wimbrel, and the textures of the water and the gotwits, amazing.
    thanks for this. kjm

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