Wave Chasers~

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Sandpipers play,

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chasing waves.
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They catch lunch,
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on the run.

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For sandpipers,

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life is always a beach!
Cheers to you from the lucky sandpipers at Moro Bay California~

221 thoughts on “Wave Chasers~

  1. Not far from where I live, on an estuary mudflat, the sandpipers arrive in spring and leave towards the end of summer – flying to and from Siberia! Apparently it’s the longest migration on the planet. Wonderful photography as always!

  2. See, that is what I like so much about your entries, apart from the often beautiful pictures. There is always at least one bit of poetry hidden. This time: Life is always a beach. That is very true. I was born on a small island in the north-west of the Netherlands. This string of islands are basicly sandbanks with dunes, meadows and a few villages on them. They have broad sandy beaches, on wich I build castles and conquered the incoming waves. When I now visit my home island and enter the beach at the very spot where my little boys legs 250 years ago did the same, I feel life floating in my soul, extra life, and for one moment I am convinced I will have another 250 years ahead of me. 🙂

    • I can picture your island in my mind and you playing in the sand building castles with walls to stop the sea. I did just the same as a child and I grew up on the ocean as well. It became a matter of skill and contest to build the best walls to hold back the sea, but of course, the sea always won, but a child will never stop trying, at least until they grow up. Why do we grow up? Hugs to you my brilliant poet-photographer friend. We are the same people facing different oceans. <3 <3

    • Just gearing up now, the worst should be tonight with the wind and rain. Interesting to see in the morning if a the mountain will slide. I hear lots of folks are in a bad way. Where are you?

  3. Cindy you have the most mesmerizing wildlife photography Ever! I imagine National Geographic and Audubon Magazine call you often; if they don’t, they should. (The top photo… that blue! and the sandpiper birds and the surf, oh my, it is Gorgeous!) Plus, your words are so appropriately poetic. Many thanks from me!

  4. Wow, they do make the process of getting lunch a fun game! Not to be outdone, I think we need to come up with some good mealtime games as well, aside from maybe food fights. Wonderful narrative. I always love how you present your posts as a story Cindy!

      • Yes, I wanted to tell you she’s recovering from a mild respiratory infection (based on recent culture results) over the past month. I’m administering her meds, taking measures to support her immunity system, and spent so much time holding her and playing with her (whenever she demands because she needs her bed rest) that I finally looked down at my feet yesterday and noticed how long my toenails are (self-neglect here) -a personal record for me! Haha! 😀

        • It sounds like your careful TLC brought her back from the brink. Those infections can be deadly for parrots as you well know and the caretaking exhausting. It is a testament to your care that she is on the road to recovery. Now it is time for you to take a break and give yourself some TLC! Hugs to you Lynn and so glad Nikita is recovering! <3 <3

  5. Always had a soft spot for sandpipers. However, my favourite bird? Nothing obvious like an eagle. It’s the pied wagtail. Clown makeup, frock coat plumage, and that idiotic swooping flight

  6. Cindy…if you have a minute and if you haven’t already, please take a second and vote for our friend Charles on Author Shout Cover Wars..he is ahead at the moment by a few votes. The vote will be tallied in a few hours! Thank you and you probably have voted already today! 🙂

    • I just did an hour or so ago! I had tried yesterday, but couldn’t vote because I had to ‘like’ the site on fb which I just did. I see he is way ahead and will probably win which is very exciting! He deserves it, and I am very happy for him! Thanks for the update~

  7. Life is good! 🙂 <3 Life is a beach, let's us enjoy the waves and your gorgeous photos of the adorable Sandpipers, Cindy. Wishing you a wonderful Sunday. *Hugs* from Norway. x

    • Hugs to you my friend and a resounding YES! Let’s enjoy life as fully as possible for as long as we can! In six months I will be stepping off the plane in your amazing Svalbard heading much further into the remarkable north! <3

      • Svalbard is currently the warmest place in Norway, we’re terribly upset. Rain instead of snow, can you believe it – in the middle February! The warmest winter in 60 years. The polar bears are starving, crying and now Siri and Selma are writing a complaint to Old man Winter. Hopefully it helps and you’ll experience the Arctic North as it should be. Love and fairy dust to you.<3 x

        • Uh oh! California just went through years of the worst recorded drought in history, the dry aquifers were visible from space and hundreds of thousands of trees died. Now, finally, we are inundated with rain. So keep the faith. Hopefully Svalbard will chill eventually. It is heartbreaking to hear about the bears. I couldn’t stand to hear or see this. We are heading to Iceland and Greenland. I sincerely hope our tracks won’t follow starving polar bears. If they do, we have only ourselves to blame, unfortunately.

  8. The reflection of the sandpiper is amazing. I love how the water texture shifts right at his foot. Looking forward to the return of our sandpipers and waves. 😀

    • They are magical creatures aren’t they and they live in a magical world, and yes, so glad you noticed the texture shifts, I have long been captivated by the shallow sheeting of ocean water on flat surface sand. It creates a whole variety of beautiful visual effects in addition to it’s amazing reflective capabilities. You are perceptive~ <3

  9. I could watch these little guys all day long! What peace in your writing. I will continue to read your posts and look at those beautiful photos! Thank you for stopping by my site. 🙋

  10. Witaj Cindy
    Bardzo dobre zdjęcia biegusów.
    Ptaki te są bardzo mało spotykane w Polsce.
    Nie widziałem ich jeszcze w naturze.
    Pozdrawiam i życzę miłego tygodnia.

  11. Bonjour mon Amie ou Ami du Net BELLE CINDY

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    Un petit coup de pouce pour l’avenir
    Un petit mot que l’on dis régulièrement tous les jours.
    Bonjour comment vas-tu , moi ça vas , merci
    Ce sont des petits mots qui font plaisir à entendre et d’une belle sincérité
    Une grande marque de confiance
    C’est du soleil en abondance
    Si tu leur donnes un sens

    On ressent que ceux-ci viennent du cœur
    Avec un clin d’œil moi je te les adresse
    C’est la recette du bonheur accepte les moi je les prends en régal pour ce jour

    Belle journée , gros bisous plein de douceur

    Bernard

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    • It does indeed, and alI we have to do in return is protect it! Hope all is wonderful with you Rebecca. It looks like you’ve been traveling which is always good in my book! <3

  12. Beautiful pictures as always. Love seeing your adventures! Thank you for sharing. By the way, if you get a chance – check out PIPER by Pixar a delightful and very adorable short 3d animation about Sandpipers- sure to make you smile 🙂

    • okay. That is the most adorable thing I have ever seen! Thank you so much for telling me about it! Now I will have to go in search of baby sandpipers! Too wonderful!!! <3 <3

    • So happy you stopped by! It is always wonderful to hear from you and to read another of your remarkable posts! Be well my friend. We are coming back to Buenos Aires for Christmas. Do you live there, or are you in Spain?

  13. I love the way you’ve captured their reflections in the water. Those sandpipers look as if they have a very balanced existence, alternating between being hyperactivity and contemplation. Humans have much to learn from them 🙂

    • The more time I spend with wild creatures the more I am aware of exactly this Sarah! We have so much to learn from them about how to live harmoniously in this world~ <3

  14. What fun they are to watch! Did you see the Disney short called Piper that won the Oscar for a short animated film? It captured them so perfectly! Thanks for these lovely photos!

  15. BONJOUR CINDY
    Sourire ce matin chez moi

    Mais à tout prendre
    De loin une caresse, un regard de tendresse
    C’est un secret offert, à peine dévoilé
    Un rayon de soleil au travers des nuages
    Une ride au coin des yeux ce matin en est le souvenir
    Comme une fleur fanée désirant refleurir
    Un instant, un infini bonheur
    Une façon d’ouvrir si librement mon cœur
    Ce jour un éclair de lumière en ouvrant mes yeux
    Comme un bel arc-en-ciel, dans un coin de ciel bleu
    Je te souhaite de passer
    Une très belle et bonne journée..

    Gros Bisous

    Bernard

    Je t’offre un petit café

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  16. Bonjour ou Bonsoir CINDY
    Si votre cœur est désemparé, une bonne nouvelle peut le ranimer
    Si vos yeux ont envie de pleurer, laissez-les allez sans retenue
    Les émotions ne se commandent pas
    Si vous riez et que la peine vous meurtrit
    Ne changez pas d’horizon
    La musique peut vous aider à garder la bonne humeur
    Si la passion n’est plus comme avant
    Lui l’amour est en vous et vos sentiments s’enflamment et feront plaisir aux autres

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    Si vous n’êtes pas poète, ni écrivain , gardez une âme d’artiste
    Et faites valoir vos ressentis avec une pointe de fantaisie
    Si l’on ne vous découvre que des défauts c’est que vous n’avez pas changé

    Et que l’autre personne qui vous critique a surement autant de défauts que vous
    Si moi vous trouvez que je ne suis plus comme avant
    Je peux vous dire que je n’ai pas changé, je suis restée conforme à mes idées

    Mais je pense que le temps est compté et que les années s’effilent doucement

    Alors mieux vos encore en profiter

    Bisous bonne journée ou bonne soirée

    Votre ami BERNARD

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  17. MY youngest granddaughter was looking at your post with me and she screamed with delight “Sandpiper!” She was referring to the Pixar short, “Sandpiper.” Sometimes film can educate. ‘O)

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