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Missed Opportunities

This Morning's Walk

We walked by the sea for about 20 minutes this morning. The weather is absolutely fantastic at the moment, the sea was calm, the sky bright and the tide was coming in very calmly.

By the Jetty

Near the harbour car park and boatyard, there is a reef and a collection of larger stones which used to be an old jetty and I MEAN old, for sailing ships in the days before engines. The postal packet (mail boat) from Scotland used to tie up there.

Tide Coming In

As the tide comes in, so the reef and rocks gradually get covered. Most of them were covered this morning, even if their tops were just below the surface. On one of the last ones visible, a grey heron sat motionless, staring into the sea, waiting for a fish. He was beautifully still, against a smooth ocean and clear sky. The photo I managed to find on Pixabay was similar to what we saw.

Why Didn't I Have My CAMERA?

My husband pointed out the perfect picture! And then I saw two seagulls sitting in opposite directions on the sea wall. And further on, 4 crows following a neighbour with his 3 dogs because he feeds the dogs treats and the crows pick up the crumbs. They followed him, flying from perch to perch along the railings.

Missed Opportunities

I was sorry I had not brought my camera but photo opportunities are not the only missed possibilities. We probably all have many opportunities in life that we pass by or are not ready to grasp when they appear!

Instant Gratification

After writing this, I also realised that missed opportunities can come about because of the desire for instant gratification, as I wrote earlier .

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MegL wrote on October 14, 2015, 8:29 AM

Isn't that ALWAYS just the way!

CoralLevang wrote on October 14, 2015, 9:39 AM

I think I would fancy a walk by the sea this morning.

wolfgirl569 wrote on October 14, 2015, 9:39 AM

I almost always have my camera but it sounds like a nice walk

markgraham wrote on October 14, 2015, 10:01 AM

A walk along a beach sounds so good right now.

LeaPea2417 wrote on October 14, 2015, 11:20 AM

I agree, sometimes I am frustrated with myself when I realize I have forgotten my camera when a perfect image of something is right in front of me. I realize that opportunity was missed forever.

DWDavisRSL wrote on October 14, 2015, 8:44 PM

I don't have a camera other than the one in my phone and often the photo op is gone by the time I activate the camera app and it is ready to use.

Paulie wrote on October 15, 2015, 4:46 AM

I always carry my smartphone and am ready to use its camera if I come upon interesting wildlife or things happening.

jiangliu1949 wrote on October 15, 2015, 8:18 AM

You surely felt relaxed and carefree at the moment when you walked by the sea,where the sea was calm one minute and waves lashed against the rocks the next ,heron and seagulls hunted for food as usual.Sorry ! I can only walk by the Yangtze River every morning .

MegL wrote on October 15, 2015, 10:35 AM

Now THAT would be a sight to see, I am sure.

LoudMan wrote on October 15, 2015, 11:37 AM

Iknow your pain. Always carry your camera. You can't even get a bad shot without it.

paigea wrote on October 16, 2015, 10:49 PM

that would have been cute to see the crows following along on the walk to get their "treats" LOL