Reflections from a roving retirement
Cute seal... We had a little raccoon who did this (even took a video of it). He would sit by the water bowl on the back porch and slowly his eyes would close and his little head would sink down, down, until his nose was under water... which would wake him up and he'd pop up and do it all over again. Funny.
I've never seen anything like it, Rian. Not that we could see it at the time. The seal was so far out that the details were only properly visible with DH's excellent zoom lens and even then I had to crop them to magnify them. I'd love to have seen your raccoon - or any raccoon for that matter. :)
They are some photos!!! I wonder how long he slept? The contrasting colours of the seal and the water is amazing; such a wonderful blue.
Thanks to DH's amazing zoom lens, Shirley. His head was just a dot in the sea to the naked eye. From the series of photos it looks like he kept nodding off and waking up again. :) Yes, the colour is amazing and it really did look like that under such a blue sky.
Isn't it, Ayak? We couldn't believe what we'd captured when we finally saw the photos onscreen.
Wonderful - where was he/she?
That's what we said when we aw the photos, Susan. He was offshore on the incoming tide in a tiny bay on the north coast of Scotland.
Gorgeous. What beats me is how they don't drown when they 'drop off'', I won't ask where the pictures came from since everybody else has done so.
My feeling exactly, Ray. I'm guessing that they are so naturally buoyant that their heads always stay out of the water while they sleep. I'm sure they couldn't do it in a rough sea, but this was a very calm incoming tide in a sheltered little bay on the north coast.
Aw, how cute is that, Perpetua...I was thinking it was a little otter in the stream at the bottom of your garden, but then I remembered you are up in Scotland. Maybe it is the Loch Ness creature?
It's so sweet, Patricia. It's a grey seal and we sometimes see them sunning themselves on sandbanks in the estuary, but this one was relaxing on the incoming tide in a tiny sheltered bay we like to visit. I'll be posting more pictures of the bay.
Thanks, Annie. We were enraptured too. :) Zoom lenses are just amazing!
Is this one of your 'locals'? What a marvellous set of pictures - worthy of entry into a competition - did you or DH take them? What has the weather been like up there - we had a great Easter week. It's a bit cooler and windier now, but still mostly sunny. Love to you both. H.
It was in a tiny bay a a couple of miles north of here, Helva, at the very tip of the Melness peninsula. We've not seen seals there before, but do see them in the Kyle at times.DH took them with his wonderful zoom lens, but it wasn't until we got home, downloaded and magnified them that we realised what we had got. Our weather has been more mixed than down south, but with some wonderful days of sunshine, interspersed with greyer and colder ones. One doesn't come north for the heat. :-)
I trust you're having a restful time wherever you are.
We're having a very enjoyable stay in Scotland, thanks, Linda, having arrived on April 1st in a snawstorm. :-)
Hari OMaawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh...... back away quietly......What a delight to brighten the day! YAM xx
Glad to oblige, Yam. :-) They are such wonderful snaps that I had to spread the joy. Thank goodness for DH's amazing zoom lens.
My feeling exactly. :-)
Congratulations to DH for such delightful photos.
I'll pass them on as soon as hr gets in, Ricky.:-) We're very pleased with them as we don't see seals very often.
Know the feeling. Love the pictures :)
Don't we all, Molly? :-) We're rather chuffed with the pictures, particularly given how far from shore the seal actually was. DH's camera is much better than mine.
Wonderful shots of the seal Perpetua..He looks really so relaxed - and off to sleep he goes.happy weekendval
We could hardly believe it when we realised he'd been sleeping, Val. Mind you, it was sunny and warm fort the time of year, so a nap was a good idea. :-)
Cute. I can't sleep in the water. ;)
Isn't it, Sally? I used to fall asleep in the bath, but showers aren't the same. :-)
Your post is short – simple, but oh so cute!
I don't do short often, vVgabonde, but couldn't resist this.
Awww - adorable bedtime story.
DH and I so enjoyed the photos once we'd magnified them, Penny. The story told itself then. :-)
Love it. It's funny to watch animals - and babies - fall asleep. We used to get such a chuckle watching our babies fall asleep when they were very young. They would fight it so hard and then suddenly succumb. Sometimes face-down in a dish of food. :)
Ah, that takes me back, Jennifer. I'd forgotten what fun it is to watch a small child falling asleep as you describe. Our dozing seal was obviously experiencing something similar as the waves lulled him to sleep. :-)
I could watch seals at play all day! On the other hand, however, I have never seen one asleep! Very sweet…obviously very comfortable being watched. :-) Debra
We get very few chances to watch seals, Debra, and I too have never seen one asleep before. He was so far out that all we could see was a little dot bobbing on the incoming tide. It was only when we got home and looked at what DH had captured with his zoom lens that we discovered our friend was nodding off. :)
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