Thursday, April 05, 2007

Early Morning Observance

I started my Maundy Thursday by driving across the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge toward sunrise on the beach at Assateague, with Bach echoing in the car and birds beginning to awaken on the darkened marsh.

As the sun bubbled over the Atlantic, flocks of willet and sanderlings sparkled out along the edge of the foam, and the just-past-full moon hung above the inlet.

My drive back was marked by scores of shorebirds wheeling over the marsh, a posse of Sika deer stopping to stare, and a loon floating serenely in the early morning sunshine.

An awesome day on the calendar beginning with such fragile beauty on the coast.


Carol said...

It sounds beautiful, peaceful, and incredibly restorative. Enjoy your vacation, GG.

Kathryn said...

What a vivid picture and you didn't even use your camera! It sounds like a great vacation.

What is special about the calendar day or is the significance that it is Maundy Thursday? Sorry to be dense but I'm sure it's not your birthday.

Gannet Girl said...

Maundy Thursday.

Lisa :-] said... sneaked off to the seashore! Have a great time!

sunflowerkat said...

How beautiful!

I am envious....I love the Chincoteague/Assateague area.


Dean said...

We arrive there today (Good Friday). We can't wait!!! Your post makes it even more urgent to get there fast! Beautifully written post... I will be posting our Chincoteague and Assateague adventures (videos too!!) when we get back to Delaware on April 15.