Romance & Fine Dining~

Spending the holidays with family in Santa Cruz California,

and spied this young egret on Christmas Day.

He had romance on his mind,

but his timing was all wrong.

He expected affection,

prior to,

fine dining!

Live and learn.

He got the dinner,

but not the date!

Cheers to you from sunny Santa Cruz~

237 thoughts on “Romance & Fine Dining~

  1. Lovely pictures, Cindy! Poor egret, he still has much to learn about managing his appetites. Santa Cruz looks lovely, and green! Trust your daughter and the twins are doing well. I’m sure you had a great Christmas together!

    1. The twins are, of course, completely adorable, and Mama and Daddy are doing an excellent job with them. Hope all is well with your wife and family, and sending you wishes for the Very Best New Year Peter 🍾 <3

  2. Namaste Cindy πŸ™‚

    Delightful. Your photography is always enjoyed, always appreciated, always a thrill to view. Nature appears to offer herself very readily to your lens whilst your awareness captures her whimsy so well. Thank you for sharing πŸ™‚

    White, short-feathered,
    But not yet weathered,
    Nor experienced in the ways of life,
    An egret set about his task,
    Of acquiring himself a wife.
    Taken by fancy,
    He took a wee chancy,
    Chased a beauty across the shore,
    Yet she unimpressed with his press,
    Wanted a Heron who’d offer her more.
    Spurned he turned,
    Undeterred by dismissal,
    Feasted instead on cockles and mussels,
    Then bright as a new shiny pin,
    Waited for the next bird to fly-in!
    The Egret with regret,
    Who worked up a sweat,
    That day learnt a thing or two:
    Dine and sate your feathered date,
    When then she’ll come to you.

    Happy New Year Cindy! I hope 2019 will exceed your every expectation. Take care, enjoy Santa Cruz.

    Brightest Blessings. Namaste πŸ™‚


      1. Namaste Liz, Happy New Year πŸ™‚

        Thank you that is most kind…I enjoyed writing it and had a chuckle along the way πŸ™‚

        Cindy’s splendid photography frequently offers inspiration: her amusing commentary is invariably a starting point for a poem.

        Brightest Blessing. Namaste πŸ™‚


        1. Oh my GOD! This is awesome! I think you entered this egret’s soul. You are amazing Dewin. All the Very Best to you in 2019. I so look forward to another year of your brilliant verse <3 πŸ₯‚

          1. Namaste Cindy πŸ™‚

            Appreciative of your photographs,
            Inspired by their song,
            I love to sit and perch a while,
            If only to prolong: to satiate my delight,
            Or satisfice my delectation.
            Always so generous, you flatter me, when in truth it is your spirited work that captures the essence of your subject: I borrow from that ethereal zeitgeist and add a word or two of my own. Your images impel a poem to be penned.

            I felt sorry for the little guy…it’s no easy task approaching a female of the species…so no doubt his enthusiasm overwhelmed him and his awkwardness was simply nerves. Bless him: he’ll get it right next time πŸ™‚

            Thank you for best wishes for the New Year. I’m eager to get it underway, but yet, a little rest and relaxation over the festive period has been much needed.

            Happy New Year to one and all in Santa Cruz! πŸ˜€

            Brightest Blessings in all ways always.

            Namaste πŸ™‚


    1. My husband keeps trying to get me to go there. He rode the original roller coaster x years ago, and wants to ride it again. It’s just like the one in Mission Beach in San Diego, a California classic, which I rode a gazillion times as a kid. I’ll go, and try the skeeball, and ride the roller, but you do know, I prefer the wild critters…… Laughing!

    1. Now there are these two, twin, three month old preemie baby boy grandsons, who are thriving. Being with them was indescribable. Happiest New Year to you Pauline and to Jack. You both are role models for me and how to live fully. <3

    1. The three month old preemie grandson twins were pretty mind boggling to hold and hug. I wish you everything good in the coming year Marlene and hope to share the year with you <3

  3. I guess romancing the egret is just not that easy. Fine dining would be some compensation. Glad to hear you are having a lovely time with the family and the new littlies.

  4. Looking at the second photo – I wonder if its the light, or just my imagination, that reflects the matching blue nail polish with the blue ‘beak-stick’ Very trendy, if it is ! πŸ˜‰
    Nevertheless, with or without the colour – the Snowy Egret still a very beautiful bird. Lovely photos.

  5. That picture of him running after her across the sand, arms out, hair flying, is both funny and sad. He just doesn’t get it. I like to imagine two cartoon bubbles, one showing what he’s saying and the other (connected with tiny bubbles) what he’s thinking.

    It’s wonderful, Cindy, how you can see both the drama and comedy in nature. And most important, the beauty.

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  6. Romance and Fine Dining … makes the world go round in my book too, even when I miss out a bit! Thank you for these great captures πŸ˜‰
    Wishing you all the very best for the New Year Cindy. Love, Peace and Happiness to you and yours!

  7. One of my favorite creatures on this fine planet!
    It’s amazing the stories that you can witness if you have a little patience πŸ™‚
    Just like the patient bird that you observed!

  8. Timing is everything. πŸ™‚ Better luck to him next time, and it will be an unforgettable memorable experience I’m sure. πŸ™‚ Such detail and color again in these photos. Great shots.

  9. Beautiful pictures! We used to go to Santa Cruz every weekend when we lived in the Bay Area. Have you been to the UC Arboretum? It is fantastic! The Australia Garden is our favorite – so many hummingbirds and protea. I very rarely saw snowy egrets in California, so how lucky to get such great pictures!

    1. Oh my no, I haven’t been to Arboretum. Hummingbirds and proteas have me hooked. My son in law is with the university so I will visit next time I am there. Thank you for the lead!

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