I spend lunch most days at a little beach about 1/2 mile from my office. Each day brings a different view - high tide, low tide, stormy, perfectly calm, gray or blue, and it is always a lovely time of reflection and diversion in my day. Yesterday, the tide was about midway and a little sandbar was present about 20 ft from where I sat. Perched, feet tucked under, on the sandbar were two herring gulls, facing downwind. At one point, one got up, walked to the water and swam around for 10 minutes, then came back and sat right down next to its friend. It was so funny the way they interacted...looking at each other often.
Today it was low tide, and very calm and sunny. As I drove up, two greater blackback gulls were having a major tug-of-war with a clam....at low tide the clam beds are exposed. There were also two herring gulls, and they entertained me for an hour....they had continual "play" and would soar around and come in for a landing to the same spot, one wing dipping down to the water before landing, all accompanied by very loud calls.. The quartet was joined by a lone crow but you could really tell he was an outsider.
As I drove back to the office, I felt so renewed and happy.....nature is right there for all of us all the time. Glad my eyes were receptive today!