This morning, as on many mornings, I admired the still patience of the Great Blue Heron fishing at the water's edge (makes me think of Willie Nelson's "Still is still moving to me"). I often register what a great photo the scene could make, but my lens isn't "tele" enough, and herons are notorious for detecting anyone moving closer. So instead I sit with my tea and soak up the image.
The same thing for the Bald Eagles that sometimes sit, either singly or in pairs, at the edge of the rocky beach. I did, in fact, grab the camera and try to get a shot last week, but most viewers would only see another rock on the beach. Better I leave the eagle photography to the professionals (Mark's an island friend, and captures amazing shots of birds and other subjects) and selfishly stay in the moment, seeing through my own eyes rather than the camera's.
The last bird sighting that kept me in the moment recently was that of seagulls flying singly above as we paddled through the twilight into the moonlight a few weeks ago. Something about the lowering night made their flight seem mysteriously purposeful, like something out of a Philip Pullman novel -- I kept imagining them leaving spouse and nestlings behind and heading off to meet at a serious congress of bird thinkers and leaders. Foolishly fanciful, I know, but satisfying just the same.
As for satisfying, and as promised, here's my Gathered Pullover, finally. And yes, I suppose I could have tried smiling. . . I'm very happy with the sweater and know that I'll get much use from this blend of linen and silk, but I'm considering re-doing the neck -- the shoulders are a bit too loose and the V a bit too sloppy. I think much of this results from the substitution of linen/silk for the original wool -- just a bit too much drape to the Flaxen. So I haven't blocked the sweater yet but will take a few days to see whether some frogging (rip-it, rip-it -- get it, non knitters? ribbit, ribbit, frog . . . ) will be appropriate. I'm also consider just stitching some tucks in the back. We'll see. For now, though, it counts as an FO, and that's good!