One of the advantages of having 1/3 of a mile of beach and nearly 100 acres of fields and woodlands is that we get to see lots of wildlife, from black tailed deer, seals, otters, raccoons, to even an occasional pod of orcas. In addition, the north shore is frequented by many kinds of birds, both migratory and non-migratory: hawks, loons, gulls, kingfishers, waders. In early spring the Canadian geese return and delight us with their honking calls, and the swishing sound of their wings as they pass in formation overhead. Most of the year, we can watch bald eagles in their natural habitat. With the low spring tides, the eagles can often be seen hunting for fish, swooping low over the sandbar and resting in the fir trees along the shoreline. Here’s a photo of one we saw on the beach last spring.
” I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, ‘Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.'” (from “Alice in Wonderland”)
The snow drifted and blew and sank onto every surface, softening lines and blurring contours. It was beautiful. A new look for NBI’s woods and beach: the trees a feature, not just a backdrop.
Some of us lucky enough to be here loaded up on firewood and cozied up inside with a good view out the window. Others loaded up with gear, and got outside to walk and wonder and play.
Whatever the season, this lovely old land has so many gifts to give!