Sunday, December 1, 2013
Friday, November 29, 2013
Another advantage to autumn and winter beaches is that you can actually do some decent beach combing. They rake the beaches during the tourist season, scraping off trash and treasure alike...
Purple sea glass!
And sometimes the trash can be the treasure...
"X" marks the spot!
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Friday, November 22, 2013
Let's go back to Seven Mile Island (Avalon and Stone Harbor)... Click on 'em to bigify photos.
Thousands of shorebirds (mostly Dunlin, a few Black-bellied Plovers, and at least one Ruddy Turnstone) amassing on the beaches in Avalon... See that squarish shadow on the horizon to the right? That's Atlantic City, about 40 or so miles north.
A lovely day for a sail!
Dunlin. (Why are my best shots entirely due to pure luck...?)
Very quiet surf this day, but still enough to kick up a bit of froth.
And to make interesting patterns in the sand...
(Along with some help from a few of those peeps...)
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Cape May Point's beaches are so manipulated (in order to protect the towns there) that pretty much the only natural thing about them is that there is an ocean at the bottom. But the dunes aren't doing too badly...
Shrooms in sand! Bit surprising...
They just keep adding sand... Good for the dunes, bad for the beach profile.
Friday, November 15, 2013
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
It's a good thing that the local beaches still have much to see even in winter, given that that's about the earliest I get down to them. Far fewer people and much more natural stuff, and the weather holds out long enough to actually make the trip pleasant... So here's the start of a series of photos from some beach walking I did during a week in early November.
I don't understand the visual draw of an endless, relatively empty ocean, but sitting listening to the planet's heartbeat--that I get...
Monday, November 11, 2013
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Hard-headedness is a good thing when you are a woodpecker. Being used to blunt force head trauma, this Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker was able to quickly shake-off his collision with the front door at work, give us flaming what-for while we checked him over for injuries ("yep, I'd say he's fine..."), and fly off nimbly after I snapped a few photos (this being the only one in focus).