last summer on the beach

Did someone lose a mustache?

Catch of the Day

Lasagna (above)

with a Sea Salad (below).

Flaunting "sea grass and ocean view" as I was exploring this inlet on Greenwich Beach.

My legs were being sandblasted by the sand-filled wind, so I did a little experiment. I laid this cluster on the beach and was planning to wait until it was buried. I was grinning in awe at how quickly it was disappearing and I got sand in my teeth! Enough of that! I wrapped my sarong around my legs and hightailed it to higher ground.

A texture on the beach made with of sea grass.

A nature-made sundials.

Mark enjoys beach-walking as much as I do.

Mark gave me a quick refresher on "depth of field" and showed me how to make better use of the features of my camera.

This makes me think of wild, wild west. Buttes against an Arizona sky.

A lonely ladybug .

is this cavendish beach?

Mark, my beach walking buddy, and I were astounded by the changes in the profile of the west end of Cavendish Beach. The clay cliffs were undercut, which exposed previously buried sandstones that were dragged down onto the new beach,

and tossed up into the forest.

The footings of the trees were loosened, and the trees blew over,

beating back the forest,

The marram grass was washed down,

and a new shoreline was created.

This section of clay was still intact because it was too matted or cemented together with ancient debris. How old are those coniferous boughs?

This section used to be high above the beach. The Ocean's water has been displaced by all the sand and clay that was washed into it. Now it has to climb higher up the cliffs.

We called this a "clear cut". The wind and water eroded the dune to the point where there is now a clear path from the north side of the beach to the south.

This dune was amputated from it's structure. Now there are magnificent sandspits into New London Bay, the south side of the dunes.

Imagine the power that it took to move that much water, which moved that much sand!

These are the pilings that I used in the earring photos in the Artisan Collection. They used to be far away from the water's edge, even at high tide.

Previously I saw 3 sets of these pilings along the beach. 5 more sets have been revealed by Mother Nature. Imagine that!

Look how far they were from the water this summer. Extremes!

iridescent bubbles and seafoam

The beach has been churning for days now, and creatures have been washed ashore.

Erosion of the red clay cliffs exposed a new crop of beach rocks.                                    Invaders from the kelp forest.

Do you see my reflection?

I almost always take an aerial shot. Very stiff in my hips and knees. Too many salhcows?

Pinks and greens. Very pretty.

Why does the shell look rusty?

Too many days being body rubbed with Island clay.

Looks like too much laundry detergent was added.

Many lobsters "washed ashore".

Rippled seaglass.

Happy beach boots!

Maybe a bit short for that wave.

Mother Nature has been busy

I've been awestruck by the effects of Mother Nature and her powerful forces on the northern coastline of Prince Edward Island this holiday season. On a clear, sunny  day I was driving from Stanhope to Brackley Beach, and I did a double-take. An honest-to-goodness double-take. You can now see the ocean from Shoreline Drive at Covehead. What was once there, a dune, no longer exists. There is a tremendous amount of water in the barachois pond, and a clear view of the Gulf of St Lawrence. Wonders never cease.