It’s been a long time since we’ve been to the coast, and I’ve missed it more than I realized. The sights and sounds are especially peaceful this time of year. These little birds stayed at the edge of the water a long time, bathed in a soft sunset glow on Kiawah Island, just outside Charleston, South Carolina.
Some sights – those involving prey and predator – are not so tranquil. On a morning walk, I saw a woman in the distance, guarding a large black bird that appeared to be injured. She watched over the bird a long time before finally walking away. Immediately, two large seagulls flew down and started their assault on the disabled bird. For someone who debates whether to save a live insect trapped in a spider web, this was a jarring sight.