March 9, 2015
(This is part of a 365 project during my 70th year where I write and illustrate a blog on each day's gift.)
|The Chesapeake Bay seen from the shore of Downs Park today.|
After such gloomy weather of late, it felt good to be in the sun and observe nature from the outside rather than from the warm side of a glass door.
It has been about ten years since Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay has frozen over as it has this year. A trip to Downs Park on a nearly 60-degree day with blue skies brought visual delights. Ice floes floated about on the Bay that reflected a deep blue from the sky. Families were strolling about and one group asked me to take a photo of them with their phone. They wanted me to be sure to include the icy water in the background. I wasn’t the only one who enjoyed the ice on water that today was bluer than any time in my memory.
I sat for a while and watched a seagull pecking at something on one of the ice floes. With my telephoto lens, I could see it was the bird’s meal—a single hapless fish with a gaping mouth and intestinal problems. The gull stood watch over its food between bites. Its vigilance managed to chase away two of its brothers who were waiting for a chance to steal his meal.
Bad luck for the fish but good luck for the gull; unpleasant bitter cold created small beautiful glaciers in the Bay. Nature seems to balance the bad with the good. This is a good thing to remember on bad days.
My gift today was watching white ice on a blue day.
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