One of the thousands of gulls who kept company with me while I visited the Oregon coast, this one embodies peace in the midst of turmoil.
The Pacific roars and crashes around us. The gull keeps his balance and equanimity as waves come and go around the rock where he anchors.
Here on the edge of the continent, at sunset, on the cusp of autumn; the gulls gather to share their simple wisdom with whomever will notice them.
Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014
The sun, the sea, and the Earth
Wave follows upon wave
Through perpetual tides of change:
Coming in, flowing out,
Deeper now, then shallow pools
Left in naked sand.
Mighty basalt rocks stand since before
The times of man,
Testament that the Earth endures.
Worn now, and rounded;
Encased in barnacle and mussel,
Ornamented by algae,
Holding microcosms of the sea;
Buffeted by endless waves
For countless days,
Filling uncounted years.
Sentinels still standing watch along the coast,
As sun rises, blazes, passes overhead, and sets.
The sun, sea and Earth endure
As tides of life swim, walk, crawl, and fly
Between sand and sky.
Through every tide of every season,
Day and night,
Timeless beyond our reckoning.
Words and Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014
All Photos taken on the Oregon coast.
Posted in animals, Environmental Preservation, Nature art, Oregon Coast, Photo Challenge, Poetry, Sea Gulls, Weekly Photo Challenge
Tags: Oregon coast, Poetry, Sea Gull, weekly photo challenge: Endurance
Great Blue Heron wading along College Creek
Have you ever wondered how the birds do it?
Sea gulls on a sand bar in the James River
How they stay out in the cold,
day after day after night,
and don’t freeze?
Canada Geese in Halfway Creek
How high must their metabolism burn?
What anti-freeze could possibly run through their wings and feet?
I wonder as I watch them
wade through icy water;
Sea gulls in a marsh by Jamestown Island
As they stand unruffled and unmoved in the winter wind.
Their eyes ever watchful for the next bite of food;
floating, flying, crawling, swimming, dangling, buried in mud;
Red Tailed Hawk
their patience unparalleled as they wait out winter,
finely tuned to survival.
What titanium will to greet yet another frost rimmed sunrise;
Ducks in College Creek
What optimism to date and mate in this frozen wintery world,
trusting spring will come before chicks hatch with hungry cries.
Red Winged Blackbirds
Gathering sociably on ice, wading through the frozen marsh,
clinging to the highest points of windswept trees,
their sharp taloned feet, covered in thick bird flesh scales,
immune to the cold. Gripping, balancing, grabbing;
an act of pure will.
Paddling, wading; webbed feet of
waterfowl immersed in frigid brine.
How is it possible that human flesh,
so prone to frostbite,
could not last an hour; let alone a season?
Flock of Canada Geese flying in formation
A precious gift from Creator:
Great Blue Heron
Photos and Words by Woodland Gnome 2014
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Tags: Bald Eagle, Colonial Parkway, Great Blue Heron, Ice Photos, Jamestown, Red Tailed Hawk, Red Wingled Blackbird, Sea Gull, VA, winter garden