A long bus ride from Sulmona to Fiumicino Airport finally brought us to our last accommodation before departing the next morning. We checked the map and realized that the beach was less than one kilometer away from the motel. A glorious, sunny day, no commitments – perfect for a beach excursion.
Time to redirect my attention. And there it was – the focus I needed, a lone Sandpiper out for his daily beach stroll.
Step by step, head turning left and right, anticipating wave action every step of the way.
…And there is another one – gentle waves continuously lapping at the beach.
This one is close!
…A little too slow!
It wasn’t too bad – once your feet got used to the water temperature!
I carried on with our walk, but when we returned to the area where we watched the Sandpiper earlier we discovered that he had positioned himself well out of the reach of the waves.
A king of his “castle” – looking out over the ocean, contemplating life.
He was not daunted by my moving in closer, step by step.
Maybe it was due to the calming affect of the gentle waves lapping at the sand…
…or he was used to people passing by. Watching this little feathered friend helped me to slow down after a couple of busy weeks in Rome and Abruzzo.