We spent part of this weekend in our favorite wild places.
We never walk in the salt marsh in the summer because we don't want to trample the native grasses. Look how beautifully golden they are in winter.
It was fun exploring the little streams which wind through the marsh.
Still pools reflected the blue sky. We didn't see any little creatures except snails.
Today, on New Year's Day, we explored a new place, a gorgeous new place full of tidal pools and teeming with birds of all kinds. I can't wait to explore again in the summertime. We will look for crabs and sea stars.
It's fun to watch barnacles when they are underwater. Have you ever done that? Delicate feathery little creatures live inside. They venture out to wave in the currents. They disappear in a flash if your finger gets too close, and the little barnacle doors snap shut.
My little son spotted mother and child seals out in the calm water on a rock. I've never seen wild seals. I was beside myself with joy. It is an auspicious beginning for the new year.