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.


jude said...

there can never be too many beach walks

Drucilla Pettibone said...

i thoroughly enjoyed that walk with you and gracie! just what i needed.

onesmallstitch said...

thanks, Heather. your beaches are so different than those just a little South of you. can never get enough of the beach - or rocks. Enjoy.

Cloverleaf Art and Fibre said...

Thank you for the walk on the Salish coast. The scent of the seaweed reached all the way here to the prairies ...

Vanessa said...

I love your beach walks, thanks for taking me. I will be sure to show Lily and Loughran later today. I am trying to convince them we need to live by the ocean....after I win the lottery....

K. Crane: Big Fat Art Cloth said...

wow Heather what a beautiful place. In some ways it looks like a fairy tale place. I'm sad to hear about the seaweed.

Anonymous said...

Really beautiful images Heather. They remind me of the wonderful days I have spent along West Coast shores. They also reminded me of an old Japanese children's song called Hamabe no Uta. There is an English translation called Come Walk Along the Shore. Here are the lyrics. I think they fit your pictures very well.

If you have time, dear friend of mine
Come walk along the shore
Tomorrow I'll be waiting there
Remembering once more
I listen to the wind you see
Or watch the clouds roll over me
So many things come back to me
As I walk along the shore

If you have time, dear friend of mine
Come walk along the shore
Just yesterday I found a way
To remember even more
I watch the waves come rolling in
The moon and stars come out again
And I remember you, my friend
As I walk along the shore

translated by Greg Irwin


Louisa said...

Sigh. So lovely. Thanks for sharing the photos, Heather! And thanks also for the poem, Jean-Pierre. They do fit together perfectly!

I don't think I've ever seen a heron spread his wings like that. However cormorants do it all the time to dry their wings. They don't have waterproofing like ducks and many other waterbirds do so must dry out often. Maybe that's what he's doing too?

Katherine said...

thanks for sharing your beach walk! very refreshing - even virtually! : )