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…
“The 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.” Neil Gaiman
grace, peace & ONE-legged verve
Virginia : )
Photos: Seabrook Island, SC
Love these photos.
Thank you, Hannah. 💐🤗💐 Evidently these beach birdies hop around on one leg when it’s cold… 😮
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!!
Aren’t these birdies something, Debbie? Lisa (who posts amazing bird pics on her blog) says they look like Willets. Looking up “one-legged beach birds” it turns out they have two legs, but when it’s cold hop around on one leg. Took these pics during a February Lenten retreat @ St. Christopher’s on Seabrook Island, go figure these four in a row were a bit chilled! 💨😮💨🐦💨🤗💨
Okay, thanks. Glad to know this foursome didn’t get run over by the same dune buggy!!
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 🙏
So good to “see” 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
Thank you Virginia, it’s good to be back 😊
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 🙏
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 : )
They look like Willets. 😊
Thanks, Lisa. I wasn’t sure, but looks like you’re spot on! Always enjoy your bird blogs – you post the most amazing pics! 🐦💨😮💨🐦
Thank you Virginia. I love birds and the joy comes out of each photo, I think. 🙂
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. ;-]
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 : )