I wiped away the weeds & foam. / I fetched my sea-born treasures home... Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Back to the Beach!


Look! Look! Beach pictures!

I made it to the beach today...and what a gorgeous, perfect late summer day it was.

Just beautiful. White sand, fresh air, clear blue water....

I was so happy to see my beach. It has been two months and two days since I was down to the shoreline. Too long.

The summer beach has become huge, so wide and flat and empty. It was a loooong walk for me.

So quiet, all the intruders, I mean visitors, are gone. So silly. They are missing the best days of summer, indoors, glued to football, I guess.

Just me and a few gulls. See the sooty not-so-pretty babies? It will take them two years to become snowy white.

A flock of piping plovers scurried in the dunes. But no oystercatchers on the tideline. I was sad to have missed them...but then later, so wonderful! A huge flock---hundreds--- appeared in the sky! Many more than our native half dozen pairs and new offspring. They are grouping up for their flight south.
Can't you just hear them, last April: ''Let's meet in mid-September, at the secret swale high in the dunes, by Lizzy's beach."
I wonder if they wonder why there is no water in the pond? [a dry summer]....


gone to the beach!

lifeguard stand, in winter storage, and below,
a self portrait...