A Whale of a Tale

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My god-daughter, from England, and her parents came to visit a few years ago and she wanted to go to Monterey on a  whale watching excursion.  She had seen a video on YouTube that looked amazing, so we arranged the tickets and headed for the coast.  We stopped along the way to view the coastline.  It was a rather gloomy day, probably a lot like the days they were accustomed to in England.  We no sooner got out of the car, when we noticed a young woman approaching a picnic table with a brown paper sack.  I assumed that she had wanted the peace and tranquility that surely could be found at the beach.  She sat down and took out a Subway sandwich of which she took a bite.  A seagull immediately swooped down and took the entire sandwich from her hands.  She got up and started running, flailing her arms, and screaming at the bird.  It was an amazing sight!  I wondered, what would she have done if the bird dropped the sandwich?  Surely, she would not have eaten it.  We all laughed because it was such a sight to see.  As we walked away, I noticed this flowering plant in the sand.  I just had to snap this photo.  It is one of my favorite flower shots because the circumstances around it, fill my mind each time that I view it.

Sea Shore Heart Shaped Flower

Sea Shore Heart Shaped Flower

I thought that, even in the chaos of the moment, there is beauty to be found, everywhere.

Gulls of the California Coast

Gulls of the California Coast

Here are some of those dastardly birds.

Monterey Bay whale watching

Monterey Bay whale watching

The whale watching trip was unbelievable and the whales were all around the boat feasting on krill that was running on the top of the waters.  I never thought that I would bother to go whale watching again.  It couldn’t ever be that fabulous another time!  

We did go again, but not to Monterey.  We went many times while on our cruise to Alaska.  The whale watching trip that stands out the most was the one we took in Valdez, Alaska.  That place is pristinely clean, beautiful, and full of gorgeous wildlife.  We were on this small boat, looking ahead for puffins when we saw a bald eagle swoop down and steal the fish away from a snacking seal.  The seal looked a little bewildered and I caught this shot as the eagle was pulling up with the fish firmly in his talons.  

Valdez Bald Eagle Fishing

Valdez Bald Eagle Fishing

Chaotic for the seal, yet a wondrous sight for all of us.  Beauty in chaos.  Is there a time when you have found something unexpected in a surprising place?

A Whale Tail

A Whale Tail

 

 

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