Saturday, February 17, 2007

The World Ocean

Hikaru's first word upon seeing the Pacific Ocean was "wa-wa" (water). He clutched a sea gull feather in one hand, and was digging into the sand with the other. He carefully examined bits of seaweed.

Our baby is gradually learning that the world is a much bigger place than the inside of our home. The ocean, though, in respect to life's origins is "home" is certain aspects, so maybe that's why we're drawn to it. We took a break today from work, packed a lunch, and relaxed at the beach.

With the approach of the new moon (Chinese New Year), the tides were exceptionally variable. The low tide revealed a diversity of sea stars and other creatures. We explored the numerous tidal pools that are normally covered by water.

Hikaru still hasn't outgrown the pack, and he had fun observing from his back seat. He points to birds, stares at other people, and squeals when he sees dogs.

This egret in the photo below is maybe looking for an afternoon meal, or perhaps taking a brief pause to watch us as we walk by. It's wonderful to take in the beauty of the moment.

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