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

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Goldenrod Days

Hi! Good news, my doctor has stopped my physical therapy for now and instead he is in favor of daily short walks. I was so thrilled and of course all I heard was ''walking is a good plan'' and off I went to the beach. I had not been to the beach since late April, maybe the longest no-beach period in my life since I moved here. It wasn't the most beautiful day, quiet and grey, but oooh, the air! All my cares, worries, aches and pains just roll off my shoulders, I can feel myself relaxing, as I walk.

I was careful, did not go far. The beach is huge right now and I didn't go all the way to the water's edge. It's probably a little more than a half mile from my house to the low tide line, I think.

Let's look, anything new and interesting?
Some smart person has marked the dune path entrance. In the winter it can be hard to find from the beach side.

Boardwalk looks good! It is being taken up though now, to save it from winter storms.

The dunes are high and covered with rolling green and amber grasses.

The goldenrod is just starting to bloom.

The dark line in the sand is the high tide mark from last week's flood tides. [No treasure!]

The summer shorebirds are gone except for the gulls,

and the tiny footprints left in the sand.

Back home I put out a couple of my favvorite Autumn quilts. Just to, you know--get things started.

And yes today, my hip joints hurt, but not terribly! So worth it.



gone to the beach...

a small PS about the Oystercatchers: It seems they fly south to Florida and the Caribbean. I hope my birds safely weather H Matthew as they fly south.
And remember I mentioned that they seem to live in birdie ménages à trois? This is from the Audubon webpage. See I don't make this stuff up! LOL.

my threesome that nest to the west edge of my beach.
they've been coming for maybe 10 years?

still courting each spring
Nesting/ American Oystercatcher
First breeds at age of 3-4 years. Sometimes may mate for life. In areas with high populations, may form trios, with one male and two females attending one nest or two nearby nests.