Monday, June 30, 2008

Flying Home

An American avocet flying slowing in front of our bus at Bear River NWR. It had a nest nearby and was trying to distract us.

Today we are flying home to Ohio at long last. It's been a wonderful week here at Snowbird Resort in Utah, but we're ready to be home.

Lots to share once I have more time to collect my thoughts and images. For now, it's time to schlep stuff to the airport shuttle. Still hoping to see some mountain goats in the Wasatch Mountains on the way to the Salt Lake City airport so I'm not packing my binocs just yet.

Goodbye June.

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Friday, February 01, 2008

For the Avocet in Winter

I saw you walking all alone
lost in thought or concentrating
pale shadow of your springtime self
perhaps it's spring you're contemplating

Sunlight makes you paler still
with every step the water deepens
stopping once to wet your bill
concentric ripples outward sweeping.

When your head returns to burnt sienna
the nest you'll tend along the coast
'neath summer sun that leaves me squinting
I'll remember you, my winter ghost

American avocet in winter plumage, Merritt Island NWR, Titusville, Florida.

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