Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Perfect Summer Day

The weather has been amazing, perfect actually.How would you describe perfect weather on the perfect day? For us, there would be a few billowy clouds on the horizon, but the rest of the sky is a vast, calm, measureless blue. The temperature is in the 70s with low humidity and a hint of breeze that draws its coolness from the bay. A minus tide entices us to the shore. When we arrive, we are greeted by a Caspian Tern hunting. It flutters and hangs in the sky, then dives into the sea like a pelican and straight up and out of the water.
We walk on collecting bits of polished glass that have been tumbled smooth in the tide and sand. We are looking for blues, greens, and clear, but have to keep reminding ourselves to look up and outward on a day as beautiful as this. Still there are things in the sand that draw our attention, like this little fellow that probably was abandoned by the outgoing tide. We are glad to know something will come along and make a meal of him.
We walk on. A Pigeon Guillemot catches our eyes. It is fairly close to the shore, wrestling with something that seems too big for a meal. It moves back and forth, again and again, trying to figure out how to swallow its prize. It's a shame you can't see its feet, because they are a fantastic bright orange.
We walk on further into the perfect day and see something rolling quietly in the surf. It is so big that from a distance it looks like a mass of reddish kelp in the tide. When we take a closer look we find it is a Sunflower Sea Star. Is there a name of anything else in nature more beautiful on a summer day?

Across the country in Washington D.C., Representative Jay Inslee (D, Wa) announces that he is introducing a resolution to impeach Alberto Gonzales. Yes. Dick Cheney admits to Larry King that he remembers sending Gonzales and Card to Ashcroft's hospital room. Okay, I made that last part up, but it would have been the best end to an absolute perfect summer day.

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