Saturday, April 16, 2011
Oh No! Not Another Beach Walk!?!
Yes, my friends, the beach is constantly changing. I see new things every time. Please come with me, I'll show you.
The tide is ebbing, revealing the oyster bed that lies between Maple Point and Marine Island. Sure, we can gather some and have them for dinner.
See how hard the sun is trying to break through the clouds.
This heron is often here, sitting on a deadhead. Why he opens his wings like that, I don't know - maybe for balance?
What an amazing rock. (Okay, I'll admit it. I have a thing for rocks.)
In summertime, I sometimes eat the bladderwrack after it has dried in the sun. (It's sort of like popcorn.) But this year they are telling us on the West Coast not to eat seaweed because of the nuclear disaster in Japan contaminating our waters.
Looking out across the Sabine Channel, we see a tug pulling a huge container ship, loaded with cheap consumer goods from China. (I assume.) The tiny black specks in the water are the heads of a group of about a dozen seals. They are curious, and will keep an eye on us as we walk around the point.
Here's a closer look at one of the little guys.
The rocks on this side of the island are covered in bright green algae at this time of year.
The sandstone is carved out by the action of waves. Today it is calm, but we wouldn't want to be standing here when it is windy.
Even Gracie seems impressed.
See the hole in the upper layer of rock?
Little patches of sod have managed to build up, allowing other green things to take root.
Gracie rousted an otter! Too bad I was too slow with the camera.
The moon is full tonight. That's why the tides were so low on our walk. It was pretty cool, wasn't it? Glad you came along.