Liquid Magic – Kiawah’s Beach and its Birds
To me, this week’s “liquid” challenge called for a post highlighting Kiawah’s amazing 10-mile beach. Rather than focus on its beauty, I’ve chosen to feature the incredible birds that thrive on its waters and the life teeming within them.
“I will find comfort in the rhythm of the sea.”
Birds of all sizes and shapes arrive throughout the year to feast on our shores. Royal terns such as those in my opening image and the one below dwarf the tiny plovers and dunlins who also enjoy a place to rest as they access the nutrients in our waters. This past year a local program was initiated to educate residents and visitors about the importance of leaving the birds undisturbed as they use our shores to prepare for the next phase of their migration.
“Be alone with the sea for it is there you will find answers to questions you didn’t realize exist.”
Khang Kijarro Nguyen
Although I must admit I felt a bit like a voyeur, I was amazed by the mating rituals of our feathered friends as they frolicked among the waves. Should I apologize for having invaded their privacy by photographing the scene below? Apparently the smaller birds weren’t the least bit interested!
“We have the responsibility to care for the ocean as it cares for us”
Suzanne van der Veeken
As one who appreciates the beauty, power and absolute criticality of our oceans, I find myself thinking about the issues we humans can influence. Issues like proposed seismic testing, plastic pollution, overfishing and of course climate change are several things on which each of us can have an impact. What are YOU doing to make sure our children will be able to enjoy the oceans tomorrow as we do today?