A serendipitous lens aberration added a nifty new moon to Earths heavens.
There was a lot to smile about.
About the last thing we were expecting to see was an Amish couple beach-combing for shells. What did we know? We're only tourists, shy and awkward on this brave new beach.
Skimming For a Living
Another strange bird that is easier described with pictures than with prose is the omnipresent Brown Pelican. In the series that follows I hope to show some of the weird poses this miraculous animal assumes as it spends it's days dive bombing the surf for fish, the only one of the seven pelican species to do so. The fossil record indicates the pelican has survived as a coastal fish eating bird for close to 35 million years. We pause to remember the scare we had with their diminishing numbers in the 1960's brought on by our clumsy use of the insecticide DDT.
While a pelican looks like it was designed by committee, the brilliance of its functionality is awe inspiring. I have found a wonderful web sight that describes the California Brown Pelican if you are interested in its fascinating physiology and behavior.
A wonderful bird is the pelican,
Dixon Lanier Merritt