in Bellingham Bay) because the salmon are returning
Home to spawn and die.
If they make it past the sea lions.
Which highly vexed one seal (not pictured)
who kept circling "his log" finally leaping
over and over it between the sea lions, giving
a few spectators quite a show.
The Sea Lions merely yawned curiously waiting
for their meals to arrive from Alaska...back to the
exact rivers and creeks where they were born...
to spawn before dying, their last and final gift
to the Place from whence they came.
take a shot (with a new camera smaller than
my phone) to see the Canadian Rockies
one last time before the snow caps them
like vanilla ice cream cones...just out of reach.
Yes, Winter arrived without warning,
yet she arrived bearing gifts:
One merely has to become
more receptive; opening
up all senses and soul
to discover them here in the
Great Pacific Northwest.