And then there was ONE…

Visiting South Carolina for a retreat a few years ago, Virginia noticed birdies hopping about on the beach. Birds tend to like beaches, so that wasn’t so unusual.

But these birds were having a grand time on ONE LEG.

Four birdies traipsed about on one leg in the surf…

And then there were three…

And then there were two..

And then there was ONE.

โ€œThe one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.โ€ Neil Gaiman

grace, peace & ONE-legged verve

Virginia : )

Photos: Seabrook Island, SC

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14 Responses to And then there was ONE…

  1. Hannah says:

    Love these photos.

  2. Debbie says:

    What are these birds?? Do they really only have one leg, or is that just the way they perch? And how did you find a whole “family” of them on one leg?? Lots of questions this morning, ma’am!!

    • Virginia says:

      Arenโ€™t these birdies something, Debbie? Lisa (who posts amazing bird pics on her blog) says they look like Willets. Looking up โ€œone-legged beach birdsโ€ it turns out they have two legs, but when itโ€™s cold hop around on one leg. Took these pics during a February Lenten retreat @ St. Christopherโ€™s on Seabrook Island, go figure these four in a row were a bit chilled! ๐Ÿ’จ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ’จ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ’จ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’จ

  3. Dewin Nefol says:

    A most intriguing phenomenon Virginia: an oddity compelling one’s gaze. The photos are a pleasure to view. Thank you.

    Seeking answers to explain their curious behavior, it is suggested that some sea-birds (and Swans) stand on one leg in the water so as to retain body-heat.

    Regards Neil Gaiman’s inspiring quote: our individual uniqueness should be celebrated, but it is having the confidence to self-express that quality of ourselves that is important.

    Loved the phrase ‘one-legged verve!’

    Hoping you and yours are safe and well. Take care ๐Ÿ™


    • Virginia says:

      Hey Dewin,

      So good to โ€œseeโ€ you back in the blogosphere. Thank you for your encouraging words. These birdies caught my eye a few years ago during a February retreat on Seabrook Island in South Carolina. Go figure their one-legged verve had something to do with winter chill grooves!

      Concur that having (courage) and confidence to self-express is of utmost importance…

      Hope you and your family are keeping safe and well in these challenging times!

      grace, peace & all-weather verve
      Virginia ๐Ÿ’จ๐Ÿ˜ท๐Ÿ’จ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ’จโ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ’จ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’จ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’จ

      • Dewin Nefol says:

        Thank you Virginia, it’s good to be back ๐Ÿ˜Š

        Ah, I was curious, but didn’t ask about the time of year: it was the quality of the light – its crisp coolness (and winter-chilling verve!) – that caught my eye. Might it have been morning when the photo was taken?

        I always enjoy your photographs Virginia: you’ve a good eye for a picture.

        The family are all well, thank you. We’ve been busy putting in place long-term home-help and care for elderly relatives: ’tis why I’ve been away from the blog-sphere for a month or two. Challenging times indeed!

        Stay safe, stay well, take care of one and all ๐Ÿ™


      • Virginia says:

        Dewin, Apologies – I’ve been intermittently on and off the blogosphere the last few weeks. Yes, I took the pics on a chilly February morning, although South Carolina is a bit warmer than VA, it was still cold! I looked up these birdies (one-legged birdies?) Turns out they hop about on one leg when it’s cold, so you are spot on (as usual.)

        Glad your family is doing well. I do understand the challenges of taking care of beloved older family members, as I looked after my bedfast quadriplegic papa for many years. Caregiving is not for wimps!

        Hope that you stay safe in these whacked out times, Dewin —

        pax et bonum — VA : )

  4. Lisa Coleman says:

    They look like Willets. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  5. TMH says:

    Enjoying the photos, as usual, Virginia, but since this is just the Internet [thus, a veil of secrecy] you can admit that you picked up these lawn decorations at Home Depot. I won’t tell. ;-]

    • Virginia says:

      LoL, Tim! I took these pics a few years ago, so looked up “one-legged birds” to find out more (after the fact.) Turns out they have two legs but hop about on one when it’s cold. Since pics were taken on a chilly February day in SC – voila – one-legged wonders. Hope you and your kin are staying safe from the fires in Oregon, Tim! – VA : )

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