110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Lynn Bowen
posted Sep 2, 2014 - 10:42:56am
The ocean breeze on my skin and the comfy sunny warmth were perfect on a recent day in May as I hiked in a daydreamy mood at New Smyrna Beach. New Smyrna Beach was also the destination for a tiny, peppy sandpiper with plumes of tan and taupe. Alone and hungry, he navigated and soared on strong wings for a perfect landing on the golden beach.
With his sturdy dark legs and feet, he scampered on the sand and shells in the shallow salty waves, hunting for aquatic fuel in the ripples. His alert onyx eyes spied food, and with his pointy black beak, he quickly plucked nourishment from the sea.
No friend or foe around, the sandpiper eagerly ate tiny morsels that were invisible to me. His layover was successful, and lasted only five minutes. Now ready to fly again, the feathered aviator took off with ease and only intuition for a compass.
Onward he flew toward sunbeams shining o’er the azure sea that offers beauty and bounty to all creatures who desire it. The 1-ounce, 6-inch-long pilot had freedom and fun to fill his day; the sandpiper was happy once again. His energy and enthusiasm were delightful!
— Bowen lives in DeLand. Send email to her at email@example.com.
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