As we take small steps into spring we end our stay in Carmel. What we saw this winter was the sky filled with clouds that looked like an artist’s sketch. We watched huge waves break on the shore, sucking the sandy beach back into the ocean. We noticed a myriad of birds in the trees in the back yard, in the sea and in the sky. We took so many pictures I will do two posts. In this one come journey with me and enjoy the clouds, birds and nature of winter in Carmel-by -the-Sea.
Clouds and water
This one with a Z
Chain link and white streaks.
A wisp in a blue sky.
The artists sky at sunset.
There are always birds at the ocean, but this trip they seemed to perform for me. On a visit to Point Lobos state park we watched these hawks. They came so close I felt I could touch them.
This one was so close I put out my hand to him. Breathtaking.
On a rainy day the sea outside the Aquarium was awash with birds. One morning we were walking along the path below the houses on Ribera Road. We watched a blue Heron stalking its prey. Apparently when the sea is too rough they come on land to catch small animals.
A few days later we watched an Egret swallow a mouse whole. We could see it working its way down the long throat of the beautiful bird.
One afternoon we dropped of laundry at the shopping center. I watched this gull pecking at the window of New York Life office.As I watched I saw the window open and he was fed.
So help me when we went to pick up our laundry I saw that he had brought a friend.
On a walk along Carmel Point I spotted this bird sitting stock still on the cliffs below one of the houses. Couldn’t get any closer and don’t know what it is, but I added it to my collection.I posted my favorite bird, the Pelican in my previous post but here I go again.
And on a different day.
Don’t even think of going past me.
Crows are everywhere. This is in a tree in a shopping center parking lot.
These seabirds are on Carmel Beach. A little boy watched them flying, circling and landing and said, “Look at all the chickens”
The bird sanctuary is created by the Carmel River and part of Carmel River Beach. One afternoon we were walking along the beach and suddenly there was a flash mob. It starts with a few, like flash mobs do and then they were wheeling and flying all around us. All the dots are birds.
To change a quote from the movie, Love Actually – “Nature is all around us”. Of course the clouds and the birds and the beach all fit into the nature category, but I also discovered smaller examples.
This tree is on Scenic Ave.I have called this the Elf House. I would love to put a wooden door on it but would probably have to get a permit from the Carmel planning commission!
A tree heart
Art on the beach
The painted beach
Our back yard has about five California Live Oaks.
Steven Colbert has a segment on the late show where he pretends to lie under the starry sky and pose philosophical questions to his guest. When I lie on my recliner under the oaks I ponder what makes them grow such twisted winding branches.
Spiders are the artists of the insect world.
Sitting on my patio I noticed something staring at me from the trunk of the oak tree. Nature took bark, spider web and a leaf and created this three and a half inch face. It has been there our entire stay.
And so we bid farewell to Carmel-by-the-sea.