Such Subtle Beauty

I’ve taken a lot of shots that included Sanderlings, but almost invariably the shots were taken during Spring or Fall migration where they tend to be overshadowed by more spectacular shorebirds. On my recent trips to Fort Flagler, though, there have been several  times when I’ve had a chance to take pictures of them where there aren’t any other birds to grab my attention, and I’ve begun to see a special beauty in their subtle winter plumage.

but most seem to wander off to  feed by themselves, 

making them good photo subjects. 

Here at the edge

sky and water come 

together, One.