Wildlife at the Beach

IMG_5430We spent last weekend at the beach in Gulf Shores. The water was warmer than earlier this year and the air was hot making the water inviting. We had a couple of wildlife encounters this trip–something that usually escapes us, perhaps because five boys brings an accompanying noise that frightens away most wildlife. The first was within minutes of entering the water. A school of tiny fish swam all around us and a few small ones nibbled on our toes. While we were standing in the water talking, I was suddenly smacked in the arm and shoulder with considerable force. Adam reported it was a small group of large fish that jumped out of the water. They brushed by the boys also, creating a bit of excitement. Our time got cut short by a thunder-storm, so we headed out for lunch and spent the afternoon playing games. We made the traditional trip to the shark store and the octopus store. We went back out in the evening for a walk on the beach and collected shells and watched the birds.IMG_5380IMG_5396IMG_5457IMG_5408IMG_5489IMG_5485IMG_5466 IMG_5495 IMG_5383 IMG_5384 IMG_5386

The older boys enjoyed the water immensely, playing in the waves independently for the first time. Gabriel played with a bit of coaxing. Sebastian was quite content to sit and play in the sand while all of us played in the water. Our last day Adam did a bit of body surfing, which ended quickly when a couple of men came running down the shore yelling for everyone to get out of the water. He was already on the way in but turned to look back and saw a shark not far away. We did get back in the water, though I didn’t venture out quite so far. It was a beautiful day and hard to leave, but we eventually packed up and headed for home.IMG_5578 IMG_5571 IMG_5557 IMG_5553 IMG_5532 IMG_5519 IMG_5508 IMG_5506


About Wendy McCollum

I am a single mom to five wonderful boys. Life is an adventure, with many twists and turns. We live in hope, always, for our great God can redeem all things. There are so many funny and precious moments that slip by too fast. Perhaps here I can save them for when my own memory fails.
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One Response to Wildlife at the Beach

  1. Tara says:

    Such beautiful photos of your family!! I love the ones with you and the kids walking on the beach and the one of you and Adam. I sure do miss you, my friend.

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