Odds and Ends

Waking up this morning, I smile.
Twenty-four brand new hours are before me.
I vow to live fully in each moment
And to look at all beings with the eyes of love.
                                –Thich Nhat Hanh, Present Moment Wonderful Moment

 This one takes a little bit of effort for most to love, and unfortunately, I think this isn’t the most flattering end of a sea cucumber.

I have suspicions that this fellow is an older juvenile. He was walking around with the seagulls, perhaps trying to spot what they were eating, on a treeless, open beach. He looked as if he felt out of place. Perhaps he was just a very hungry adult, but it still is an odd place for a heron.

A Bonaparte’s Gull enjoying an evening. I find its name, Larus philadelphia, interesting. Too bad we don’t call it the Philadelphia Gull.

Here’s a really neat invertebrate! An Ice Cream Cone Worm creates these tubes out of single large grains of sand meticulously pieced together and lives in the tube under the sand. A great little snippet of a website: Ice Cream Cone Worm. I’d like to try this shot with a tripod next time to get the DoF to cover the whole tube, but my husband did a great job holding it!

Last shot, from Congaree National Park, is what I believe is the work of a sapsucker on a vine. It made a very neat pattern all the way up the tree, almost like a decoration.  Hopefully the Congaree post will come out tomorrow or the next day!

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