Beach Treasures

October 1st. Hannah and I spent another afternoon combing the beach. Last week she was knee deep searching for pretty white rocks to use in some yet to be decided project.

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Her pockets were bulging, heavy with rocks that she had trouble keeping her shorts up.

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As you would expect, I was in search of birds, enjoying the sounds of the ocean. No plovers and pipers today, but the ever present gulls and a loon pair kept us company on this otherwise solitary stretch of sand. Last weekend I watched this pair dive for fish.

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Today, the only sign of them was their lonely call echoing across the water. So I spent my time photographing everything.

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I enjoyed the texture of the rockweed exposed by the receding tide.

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And the resilience of this little snail, hanging on waiting for tide’s return.

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So many textures between the rockweed, boulders, and stones.

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There’s art in the sand where the ebbing tide carved intricate designs.

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The ocean, sand, and rocks creating fleeting bits of beauty.

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Other surprises were crafted from, if not by nature. This cairn has stood the test of time.

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Or a week’s test of time.

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We happened upon this cross or compass rose which likely won’t stand the test of the tide.

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I’m enjoying these weekend beach walks and the unexpected treasures we find. Perhaps the best treasure of all is time spent with my girl.

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