Grace

The sunrise at Saylorville Lake, Iowa, October 7, 2015 (7:20 am), "Grace." A Great Blue Heron is standing on an old tree in the water.

The sunrise at Saylorville Lake, Iowa, October 7, 2015 (7:20 am)

A heron stood on an old tree in the water as still as the wood beneath his feet. I thought he might be startled by the crunch of the gravel under the tires as I drove up. His feathers rose as the wind passed by. He did not stir. It was dawn on the 7th of October. Subtle pinks and purples filled the cracks in the clouds and reflected off of the water. A few moments later, a burst of red, orange and yellow flew out of the clouds and skittered across the lake to where I waited with the heron. We watched as the sun crossed the horizon and disappeared behind the clouds. Every once in a while, the heron raised his head and looked around. Eventually, he flew south over the water to a sand bar.

The pelicans woke up. They flew by in ones, twos, threes, and fours gliding close to the water and then flapping their wings to lift themselves up into the sky. One pelican came close to the shore. Her name was Grace. The wind picked up. It pushed the water into the shore. Grace paddled about in the water. When she drifted too close to the shore, she flapped her wings to move further away creating waves and sending up water droplets everywhere.

I left Grace to walk north along the lakefront.

The photographs from the second half of the morning visit to the lake are in the post “Grace and The Evening-primrose Flowers.”

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A Great Blue Heron stands on an old tree in the water at Saylorville Lake, Iowa, October 7, 2015, "Grace."

A Great Blue Heron standing on an old tree in the water at Saylorville Lake, Iowa, October 7, 2015.

A Great Blue Heron standing on an old tree in the water at Saylorville Lake, Iowa, October 7, 2015, "Grace."

A Great Blue Heron standing on an old tree in the water at Saylorville Lake, Iowa, October 7, 2015.

An American White Pelican flies over the water at Saylorville Lake, Iowa, October 7, 2015, "Grace."

An American White Pelican flying over the water at Saylorville Lake, Iowa, October 7, 2015.

A flock of American White Pelicans flying over the water at Saylorville Lake, Iowa, October 7, 2015, "Grace."

A flock of American White Pelicans flying over the water at Saylorville Lake, Iowa, October 7, 2015.

A flock of American White Pelicans flying over the water at Saylorville Lake, Iowa, October 7, 2015, "Grace."

A flock of American White Pelicans flying over the water at Saylorville Lake, Iowa, October 7, 2015.

A flock of American White Pelicans flying over the water at Saylorville Lake, Iowa, October 7, 2015, "Grace."

A flock of American White Pelicans flying over the water at Saylorville Lake, Iowa, October 7, 2015.

An American White Pelican swimming near the shore of Saylorville Lake, Iowa, October 7, 2015, "Grace."

An American White Pelican swimming near the shore of Saylorville Lake, Iowa, October 7, 2015.

An American White Pelican swimming near the shore of Saylorville Lake, Iowa, October 7, 2015, "Grace."

An American White Pelican swimming near the shore of Saylorville Lake, Iowa, October 7, 2015.

An American White Pelican swimming near the shore of Saylorville Lake, Iowa, October 7, 2015, "Grace." The pelican is getting ready to flap her wings and swim further away from the shore.

An American White Pelican swimming near the shore of Saylorville Lake, Iowa, October 7, 2015. The pelican is getting ready to flap her wings and swim further away from the shore.

An American White Pelican swimming near the shore of Saylorville Lake, Iowa, October 7, 2015, "Grace." The pelican calls out as she raises her wings.

An American White Pelican swimming near the shore of Saylorville Lake, Iowa, October 7, 2015. The pelican calls out as she raises her wings.

An American White Pelican swimming near the shore of Saylorville Lake, Iowa, October 7, 2015, "Grace." The pelican is flapping her wings and swimming further away from the shore.

An American White Pelican swimming near the shore of Saylorville Lake, Iowa, October 7, 2015. The pelican is flapping her wings and swimming further away from the shore.

An American White Pelican swimming near the shore of Saylorville Lake, Iowa, October 7, 2015, "Grace." The pelican is flapping her wings and swimming further away from the shore.

An American White Pelican swimming near the shore of Saylorville Lake, Iowa, October 7, 2015. The pelican is flapping her wings and swimming further away from the shore.

An American White Pelican swimming near the shore of Saylorville Lake, Iowa, October 7, 2015, "Grace." The pelican is flapping her wings and swimming further away from the shore.

An American White Pelican swimming near the shore of Saylorville Lake, Iowa, October 7, 2015. The pelican is flapping her wings and swimming further away from the shore.

An American White Pelican swimming near the shore of Saylorville Lake, Iowa, October 7, 2015, "Grace." The pelican is flapping her wings and swimming further away from the shore.

An American White Pelican swimming near the shore of Saylorville Lake, Iowa, October 7, 2015. The pelican is flapping her wings and swimming further away from the shore.

An American White Pelican swimming near the shore of Saylorville Lake, Iowa, October 7, 2015, "Grace." The pelican is flapping her wings and swimming further away from the shore.

An American White Pelican swimming near the shore of Saylorville Lake, Iowa, October 7, 2015. The pelican is flapping her wings and swimming further away from the shore.

An American White Pelican swimming near the shore of Saylorville Lake, Iowa, October 7, 2015, "Grace." The pelican is slowing down and bringing her wings back in.

An American White Pelican swimming near the shore of Saylorville Lake, Iowa, October 7, 2015. The pelican is slowing down and bringing her wings back in.

An American White Pelican swimming near the shore of Saylorville Lake, Iowa, October 7, 2015, "Grace." The pelican is slowing down and bringing her wings back in.

An American White Pelican swimming near the shore of Saylorville Lake, Iowa, October 7, 2015. The pelican is slowing down and bringing her wings back in.

An American White Pelican swimming near the shore of Saylorville Lake, Iowa, October 7, 2015, "Grace." The pelican is slowing down and bringing her wings back in.

An American White Pelican swimming near the shore of Saylorville Lake, Iowa, October 7, 2015. The pelican is slowing down and bringing her wings back in.

An American White Pelican swimming near the shore of Saylorville Lake, Iowa, October 7, 2015, "Grace." The pelican is holding her wings up to dry as she slowly swims and looks around.

An American White Pelican swimming near the shore of Saylorville Lake, Iowa, October 7, 2015. The pelican is holding her wings up to dry as she slowly swims and looks around.

An American White Pelican swimming near the shore of Saylorville Lake, Iowa, October 7, 2015, "Grace."

An American White Pelican swimming near the shore of Saylorville Lake, Iowa, October 7, 2015.

Take care and thanks for reading.

Sarah

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24 Responses to Grace

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Zirah 🙂
      Thanks for visiting! I am happy you like the post. 🙂

      • zirah1 says:

        I tried the “follow’ function, but I don’t think it ever gave the the opportunity to input my e-mail. Will try to see if the next time you do a post if I get a notice. 🙂

        • Sarah says:

          Hi Zirah 🙂
          Hmm… Unfortunately, I don’t have very much experience with this. When I put the button there, I thought about trying it myself, but then forgot. 🙂 My guess is that it will send the note to the email associated with the login you used for the comment. When I look at your comment from the WordPress dashboard, it has an email associated with it. I found the button in the widgets options on WordPress dashboard. It would be nice if you could pick the email address. I will spend some time looking into this. Thanks for letting me know about it. 🙂

          • zirah1 says:

            Don’t want you to spend a lot of time on it. I also had the same thought as you that maybe it just automatically used the address associated w/ my WP acct. Just wanted you to know that I had subscribed, even if it didn’t register. 🙂

            • Sarah says:

              Okay. 🙂 Thanks for subscribing. 🙂 I have a list of blog structure, arrangement, and details type things for the winter and I will add it to that list.

  1. Shady_Grady says:

    These are really good pics. Pelicans are truly funny looking birds.

  2. So lovely to see those Pelicans, wild ones not like those in London but living as neighbours to the Queen!

    • Sarah says:

      Hi 🙂
      Thanks for visiting! I am happy you enjoyed seeing the pelicans. 🙂 It was a lot of fun to watch them fly, swim about, and feed. I was hoping to have some photos of them feeding, but the one that came close to shore was content to swim about. I didn’t know that there are pelicans living in London. 🙂

      • I guess they were brought here as a kind of zoo or park animal. Not sure the history of the Pelicans of St James Park. Might explore that now!

        • Sarah says:

          Hi 🙂 I would be interested in reading the history of the Pelicans in St. James Park. 🙂 I am going to the park on the lake at lunchtime today to see if the Pelicans are still there and whether I can spot other birds. The lake is made by a dam on the Des Moines River. The river is a migratory pathway for many birds. The Pelicans spend their summers north and west of here and their winters south of here. Neither my eyes nor my camera are good enough to see the details of birds on the sandbar, but it is warmer today than it has been lately and I am hoping some of them might come near the shore.

          • Will look into it. Just enjoy the birds being there. My camera isn’t good enough for those on sand bars. But we try!

          • WordPress not always easy to find older posts on. So replying on this. It seems the Pelicans came to London as a present for the King about 400 years ago! Some new stock have recently been brought in, African! Think I’ll have to do a post on it and try and link in your Pelicans if dear WordPress makes that easy for me!

            • Sarah says:

              Hi 🙂 Thanks for letting me know. 🙂 I would like to read more of the story of how the Pelicans ended up in London.:-) I will keep an eye out for your post. I went back to the lake early this morning. There are still a few pelicans. I think I saw a loon. I have to look it up in the bird book. I am going to be checking the lake a couple of times a week for migrating birds until the water freezes. We had some near freezing weather last week, but this week, it has been warm and windy.

              • It’s been warm here today but we have had torrential rain. We saw the local vultures high on the thermals. Will look forward to more of your bird spotting too.

                • Sarah says:

                  Watching birds manage the winds is fun. 🙂 Fall goes by very quickly here. In three to four weeks, it will be cold and any sensible birds will likely have left the area. 🙂 I am spending as much time as I can outside before then.

  3. Wendy Birmingham says:

    Sarah, I enjoyed your post, especially the white pelicans. Thank you so much for sharing them with me! 🙂

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Wendy 🙂

      Thanks for visiting! I am happy you enjoyed the post. 🙂 I felt really lucky to be able to watch the pelican up close. She was paddling around as merrily and dreamily as the boat in the song. 🙂

    • zirah1 says:

      Isn’t this such a neat peek into Sarah’s world?!

      • Sarah says:

        Thank you for your kind thoughts. 🙂 I just finished making a little video of Grace swimming around. She reappears at the end of the second half of the morning. 🙂 I was completely charmed by her.

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