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Beach Walk


After months of wind and rain, followed by at least a week of snowy blasts, the sun let us know that it’s still up there. It lit up the white hills and said to us, “Come out, come out. I’ll warm your back as you walk on the beach.”

The Captain and I took Emma to the beach on the east side of the spit, where the morning sun was warmer and much of the snow was gone.

Emma loved it, but then she saw something that stopped her in her tracks. “Whoah!” she said. “WHAT is that large woman doing out there in this icy water?”

She wasn’t swimming much — more like bobbing in the waves. She didn’t seem to mind the cold.

To her right, was a very relaxed sea lion head. I looked back at the woman and saw that what I thought was a head,  was really the sea lion’s flipper.

A whole group of them lay on their backs, enjoying the morning sun. I wouldn’t be surprised if they’d had a breakfast of kippers. It’s that time when the herring come in close to the beaches to spawn. That makes the sea lions happy, as well as the eagles and sea gulls, all of whom love to eat the herring spawn and herring bodies that wash up on the beach for a wonderful smorgasbord.

Everybody (except the herring) is happy these days.

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42 thoughts on “Beach Walk

  1. I thought it was a woman too, silly sea lions! You have very beautiful views there, Anneli. πŸ˜πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

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  2. I also thought it was a woman! I love the sea lion photos – the one looks so happy with his full tummy. Beautiful vistas. πŸ™‚

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  3. Oh, how lovely! And how funny that the flipper really does look like a woman’s head in profile. I bet the sea lion has never realised that πŸ™‚

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  4. These are fabulous photos, Anneli! And breathtaking views. ❀

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  5. Wonderful views of those snow-covered mountains in the sunlight! πŸ™‚

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  6. The nature around where you live is awesome. Must feel good to have some warmth. We’re buried in a foot of snow here, temps between zero and 15(f) degrees (-9c to -17c) for two weeks now. Glad you got out to enjoy some sun.

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  7. Gorgeous shots, Anneli! I love the mountain shots! Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Your winter photos are lovely! Before you mentioned sea lions, I thought the woman’s head might have broken off from a boat…

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  9. Wow Anneli. This is Something!!!!

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  10. That is just gorgeous, Anneli. Thanks for taking me along.

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  11. It’s always nice to see the sun break out especially in winter. It seems everyone enjoys it. Lovely landscape photo.

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    • We have been SO deprived of sunshine this winter. I have to laugh at the idea that solar panels would keep us supplied with energy. Not here! Not unless the sun comes out. It is a rare thing in the winter. So today was a special treat!

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  12. It was worth it to go for a walk on the beach! You live in a beautiful place – who needs to go on holidays. Those photos are so great, thanks for sharing them.

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  13. Beautiful views and photos. The sea lions have the right idea, but they’d be warmer lying on the rocks in the sun! I’m sure Emma didn’t jump in to investigate, thank goodness! Glad you got out for a walk in the sun. It certainly is rejuvenating.

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    • No, Emma wouldn’t have gone over to check them out. Too big! But she does love the water. After taking the pictures of the sea lions yesterday, I heard them barking all the way to our house this morning. They have a loud “Ow, ow, ow,” bark that sounds like the “ou” part in “out,” (not like a caterwauling “ow” of pain). Amazing how far this sound carries across the water.


  14. Great photo mystery until you told us about the sea lion. I love watching and listening to sea lions. We had a lot of them around the San Francisco Bay particularly when the herring were in. I am so jealous of your beach walk!

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  15. What a beautiful day. So lovely to get outside, and enjoy the sights πŸ™‚

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  16. This is delightful, Anneli. No wonder you were worried when you thought it was a woman. Seal watching must be fun!

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