One thing about losing your dog (a very bad thing) and having amazing undergrads (a very good thing) is that I just don't see the outside like I should or need to.
I took three days off to enjoy with my son, who's in town from Louisiana, and family down in Cape May.
Went to the beach for four hours - a glorious four hours. Shorebirds are moving through. Highlights included sobs of semipalmated sandpipers, sanderlings, semipalmated plovers, a few turnstones (below), and a five lined skink that was stalking flies on my parent's porch.