Beautiful autumn afternoon. A break away from the office with thoughts of a much rougher ocean on the other side of the country. Grateful for the peace and quite of our little Bay.
I headed to King Salmon; closest beach to campus so easy to get a nice walk and still not spend too much time away from the office. I parked on the road outside Gil's parking lot and walk along the tiny jetty to the beach. As I walked, I was joined by thousands of sandpipers (variety unknown to me) swooping overhead in that way they do, in their amazing ballet, mysteriously able to travel en masse bobbing every which-way without collision.
I did catch them resting in a cluster as I walked along the shore, huddled tightly ...until they were disturbed, perhaps by me or perhaps by the urge just to fly.
I could have watched them all day.
Then they disappeared.