The Grand Finale

As I’m ready to leave the houseboat for the final time, the rain slows and the birds come to feed in the low tide.

Dropping in for a Party
The gathering expands
As the tide moves out, they migrate toward the dock and boat
Egrets and Herons join to make eight

And then there are two

A Wild, Windy, Rainy Day

This is my last day on the houseboat and the rain is pounding down, accompanied by thunder and lightning. There’s a few hearty ducks bouncing up and down but most, like me, are tucked.

Willets on a calmer day
Exuberance along the dock

What’s the Plan?

I’m going through photos I took at and from the houseboat. I come across these three and smile. It looks like planning a hijacking to me. Maybe it’s because tomorrow is my last day on the boat, so perhaps I have some thought of taking the whole environment with me, as of course I do.


Three Great White Egrets and a Great Blue Heron seem to be hatching a plan.
These boats could offer great places to lay eggs.

Lookouts share in a cooperative search.

Marsh Birds

I watch egrets and herons stand still, maybe take a step and then, another, until, and then … a fish!

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack – feeding depends on the tides.

I’m with these words of T.S. Eliot, from “Ash Wednesday, Part 6”;

Teach us to sit still.

I learn stillness and response watching my feathered friends. They are exquisitely feathered right now. It’s breeding as well as feeding time, and it’s cold. They also spend time grooming.

Oddly, each time I go to type houseboat, I type lifeboat. I think both are true.

Three egrets and two herons
Beauty unfolds its wings
Great Blue Heron excites and soothes heart and mind
Out for a stroll
I’m in Love!
Beauty and Grace
Duck Grooming
Heron Grooming
Three ways to be
Rare snow on Mt. Tam

No need for Tahoe today

Egrets, Herons, and Ducks

Yesterday was a field day for me as I immersed in the life of birds. I took about 200 photos. This is a taste.

Gathering at Low Tide

Strolling by my deck


What a face!
Egret and Heron
At one point three egrets and two herons – here are two and one
A grooming Heron and Egret in a cozy spot
Friend Heron

Such a Day!

Morning Meditation
Reflecting, Reflected
An Afternoon Stroll
When the tide goes down, the tires wait, then, drop with a plop
Creativity strolls along the pier
A bowl of Gratitude


This morning, high tide, birds were swimming all around my floating home, and the boat was bobbing up and down.  I felt like I was on a trampoline, and of course, like life, that changed.

What invites delight in the marsh?
Ah, a Flying Snail, of course.
Sunset as the tide comes in to fill in the mudflats
As Grandfather in the story of Heidi said – beauty and color to hold us through the night
Dreams begin to weave around Mt. Tam
Layers reflect the blending of night and day, light and dark. Sleep is honored and on approach.

Low Tide on the Houseboat

It’s low tide.  An egret flies by the window.  A Great Blue Heron lands right outside the window and then slowly strolls and explores around the boat.

Jimmy Carter, at 98, enters Hospice.  An inspiration, he’s lived a spiritual life. I think of him with these words of The Dalai Lama:

“Every day, think as you wake up,

Today I am fortunate to be alive.

I have a precious human life,

I am not going to waste it.

I am going to use all my energies to develop myself,

To expand my heart out to others,

To achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings.

I am going to have kind thoughts towards others.

I am not going to get angry or think badly about others.

I am going to benefit others as much as I can.

My religion is very simple, my religion is kindness.”

Such beauty and grace
A fashion model walking down the runway
Peeking through the back fence

Seaplane taxis through the mud to turn and take off – birds fuel their way