Posts Tagged ‘Fauntleroy’

Big moon over Fauntleroy

Posted: September 7, 2010 in Travel
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moonWhen the natural world puts on a show it’s achingly, jaw-droppingly beautiful.

This was the moon slipping below the horizon at around 5am. The sunset the night before was wonderful too.

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fish eagleThis morning the osprey was back and perched atop the mast of a yacht moored right outside the house in West Seattle.

On the shoreline, ravens were pulling at washed up kelp and seaweed and finding plenty of tasty morsels to eat.

The local heron also flopped into view but took off shortly after one of the neighbours took her daily dip in Puget Sound. Brrrrr!

sunsetWe all lead such busy lives nowadays that it can be difficult to switch off and just enjoy our surroundings. We’re constantly assailed by deadlines, either imposed or of our own making, as we try to fit in activities and balance work and play.

I was thinking about this as I watched the sun set over the Olympic Mountains from Fauntleroy beach in West Seattle and it brought to mind a poem by WH Davies – Leisure – which better reflects what I want to say than anything I might write.  I hope you like it.

Talon spotting at Fauntleroy

Posted: September 7, 2010 in Travel
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fish eagleThey say it’s the early bird that catches the worm, but in this case I think it was an eagle that scooped a fish out of the water by West Seattle’s Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal.

It was just after 6.30am and I was outside admiring the view from our beachside accommodation when I saw a heron at the water’s edge.

As I focused in on the heron I heard a splash and my first thought was that someone had thrown a rock in the water. As I turned to see what had caused the noise I saw the bird fly off with a large, still wriggling, fish in its talons.

Shortly after, on a stroll through Lincoln Park, I had a close encounter with a squirrel and got a glimpse of a spotted woodpecker. There aren’t many cities that could produce that kind of variety on a short morning stroll.