Today, at Opal Beach – actually out for a bike ride – I stopped and strolled along the beach just long enough to soak up some salt air and sunshine, and to see what there was to see.
Not much, if you’re one who’s always looking for bird or dramatic landscapes. But there is this:
The Gulf is turning its winter blue-green. Almost emerald green right now. And clear as it can possibly be.
And as far as wildlife is concerned … well, I actually spotted only one tiny ghost crab, and he blended into the sand so well that I never could find him through the camera’s range finder. So I settled for this:
Evidence that a pretty large ghost crab was running laps or something. It just appears that he ran the exact same course over and over.
Wonder what he was looking for? I hope he found it. I traced his trail all the way back to his hidey-hole. He must have been a BIG one. But today he wasn’t going to show me his stalky eyes or his mustachie mandibles. So all I got was one shot of his home.
A couple of days ago I took a stroll, just to see what I could see. Sometimes this time of the year there are literally swarms of all kinds of bird over the shallow water, feeding on baitfish.
But not this time. As I walked out on the sand I realized that mine were the only footprints on that section of the beach for some time. the wind had just about obliterated all the rest.
But, of course I was not completely alone. I couls see a few people off in the distance, in both directions. So I just sat down to watch.
Waves are fun. So I captured a few wave shots.
And then I got some company. At least 50 Sandpipers decided to come in just up the beach and race back and forth in the receeding waves, dibbling (or whatever they do) for some tiny morsel under the still-damp sand.
As a few of them got closer I began to notice their funny little cross-legged walk. (I’m easily entertained)
So … it was a good day. I backtracked over the footprints I had laid down earlier and headed back into the civilized world – whatever that means!