There was a biting wind when we went for our Sunday morning walk. The snow was low on Mount Benson and the Coastal Ranges. The Ocean was a deep grey and the clouds were ominous. A very winter day.
The Sea-birds were plentiful. There were ducks hiding in the grasses covered by the high tide. As we walked by they moved out into the lagoon where we could admire their beautiful plumage. Most of the birds were in pairs that morning, the ducks on the Lagoon side and the other sea-birds on the Ocean Side. There were many birds that I could not identify I am sad to say – I will have to get a book and do some research!
The is so much life along the Ocean. Growing right from the cracks in the bare rocks that rise up from the ocean life struggles and triumphs. Lichen, grasses, succulents and trees they all persevere and succeed. The lowly weed struggles with the salt spray and wind and still manages a bright bloom – how beautiful.
The beach offers up many treasures. Bright notes of purple sea-weed; quiet and soft notes in the shells that cover the beach, rejected from a sea-birds meal and ocean battered. The logs have tales to tell as well. Most are from broken booms and broken down antique docks, others are water-logged and bug addled. So much to see!
As we move up the beach the grasses and dried weeds offer new perspectives on colour and texture. The bare branches of the Gary Oaks are grey against the pines behind them. The colours and textures keep building up to the Winter Landscape of the West Coast!
A West Coast Winter Day – Gray and Beautiful!