Sunday, September 20, 2009

Sun, Sand and Surf!

Back from the seaside. It was wonderful, we had great weather if you don't count the humidity. We were at the ocean for heaven's sake. The beach house was perfect, right on the beach so basically we had our own private beach. Occasionally, people would walk by but there was so much beach and so few people it didn't matter.



Eileen made a beautiful sand turtle in honor of all the Loggerhead turtles that lay their eggs on the beaches.
We even saw a new hatchling make its way to the water one night. It was about half the size of the palm of your hand. Amazing that they can survive in the water at all.


Fishing boats trolled the waters off the shore each morning.


A couple beach bums I know at the ready for the next big wave.


Ready, set....


Going,


going...


Gone!

When out in the water you could see schools of little fish being pursued by schools of bigger fish. Larger fish could also be seen jumping out of the water. We didn't know why they did this but thought perhaps they were being chased by something even bigger and we didn't want to find out how big. It was then that the beach bums usually staggered to shore for some sun and rest.

We also tried to avoid the water during the early morning and late afternoon/early evening time so as not to tempt feeding time of the ahem, Carcharodon carcharias or any other kind of carcharhinus for that matter. For those of you not up to speed on your scientific names that would be SHARK.

Yes, we spent one evening watching the movie "Jaws". You can't go to the beach and not watch it. It is such a classic.

In addition to the Loggerhead turtles nesting on the beaches there were many Ghost crabs that nested in the sanddunes. The ghost crabs were also one of the many predators of the turtle hatchlings as they make there way to the water.



Ghost crab photos courtesey of Eileen McCarty. Thanks to Eileens observation skills she was able to get photos of this little guy/gal that lived under our deck while he ate. I saw this one earlier in the week making his way down our steps to the beach. He actually went down the steps. I got tired of waiting and made my way past him, as he was bit slow even with all those legs.

Ghost crabs get their name because they are so fast and they will hide quickly underneath the sand- Now you see them, now you don't. Or they will burrow underneath and then you will see a line form under the sand and zoom it's gone.


Don't worry these guys were at the aquarium not at the beach.


This is my favorite picture I took in black and white of some unsuspecting beach bum!

All in all a great vacation. Read three books, walked the beach, got some good runs in, relaxed and laughed a lot. Just what a vacation should be!

2 comments:

Michael said...

That's a nice entry. You took some good pics! BTW I don't remember if it was always those colors but I like your blog's color scheme.

Anonymous said...

What great beach pics. Was
your dog with you? How long
were you there? Enjoy your blog.