Changing Horizons. Literally.

The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. – Christopher McCandless

Last night was gorgeous, clear skies and calm waters all around us.  The lights from the beach establishments reflected beautifully on the strait between the ocean and the bay at the north end of the nature reserve.

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The strait beyond the nature reserve as seen from our terrace

And the bay side did not disappoint either. With the lights from the city dressing up its calm waters, the bay looked somewhat more grown-up and sophisticated than the laid back birds’ paradise I’ve often pictured.

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The bay side at night as seen from our terrace

Approaching home in the cool night after a walk with Bumble, the lighted palm trees brought a warm feel of the approaching holidays.

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Lighted palms bring holiday cheer

That was last night. This morning was a different story. We woke up to an eerie landscape.  Only a builder’s crane stuck up from the fog on the beach side of the strait.

crane in the fog
A crane sticks up from the fog

Then, gradually, we could see the tallest buildings, the nature reserve and the ocean emerge from the fog.

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The nature reserve emerges from the fog

I was on my second cup of coffee, when the fog finally drifted on to the ocean like a long snake on the water.

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The “fog snake” swims out to the ocean

As the salt marsh was clearing from the fog, I had to check on Papa Osprey. He was in the nest, perched on his favorite spot enjoying the first rays coming though the fog. But he had no breakfast. I was happy the visibility was rapidly increasing, PO could finally go fishing.

osprey in the morning fog
Papa Osprey (as seen from our terrace) soaks up the first rays when the fog is lifting

I hope you enjoy your fishing today, wherever it might take you. May your horizons be pleasant and your suns bright.

 

30 thoughts on “Changing Horizons. Literally.”

    1. We have this tradition of lighted palm trees on our street, which is the only big street on this barrier island. It adds a festive feel to the season in a southern way.

  1. WOW! Love the views from your terrace, both night and day. I didn’t realize that you could see PO while sipping your coffee at home.

    Love the decorated palms too.

    And that fog was something, here as well.

    1. We’re only one block from the park and I’m so happy I can see the eastern corner of the salt marsh, where the osprey nest is located. With bare eyes I can only see a brown/white dot sitting there, but with binoculars and my new zoom I can see PO quite well. I’m hoping for pictures of the small one(s) when the nesting season starts 🙂

        1. That’s what I’m hoping for. The pics will not be perfect as I have to use the x200 optical zoom, but probably better than nothing…last year my zoom was not good enough for any pics from the terrace, and the one chick they had was already a “big girl” when she first peeked out of the nest.

    1. Thanks Jackie! I’ve spent a big portion of the day with Bumble in the vets office for his “comprehensive” including vaccinations. Now I’m feeding him fruit treats 🙂 Lots of love and hugs to you too ❤

    1. Thanks H.J. The lights last night were pretty awesome because it was completely calm, which is rare. The fog in the morning was unreal, very dense and quite rare too 🙂

    1. It’s quite rare we get this kind of “complete coverage”. It was a bit other- worldly, but cleared up pretty quickly. Even PO had to wait with his breakfast 🙂

  2. I drank deeply of your delightful post, Tiny. The BLUE in the water picture made me sigh, and I wowed out loud with your second photo. Oh, to be in WARM right now. You have NO idea!!! Your images will totally help me get through my winter. Bless you, Tiny! Love, Amy

  3. Thanks dear Amy, I’m happy you enjoyed the blue waters. I still remember the decades I spent in cold winters, blizzards and much below freezing temps. I’ll send you lots of warmth through my posts this winter. Have a great day! Love, Tiny

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