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Sunday, August 14, 2011

The ever-changing Beaches

August 14

In yesterday's posting I talked about the never-changing rocky coast. Today the topic is the ever-changing beaches. 
Sunday morning breakfast
When winter storms are pounding the eastern shores of the island the sand is shifting, loose rocks and pebbles are rolling and old trees are tumbling down from the cliffs. The sea is eating of the land. Bigger rocks start rolling in the crashing surf.  Stretches of the beach which were sandy last year show nothing but pebbles now, and where small pebbles  were last year, big round-washed rocks make walking more difficult this year - the beach is changing its face.

Today we returned to the beach for having breakfast at Robinson's Point in the Roosevelt Park. It is a very, very quiet spot, secluded and a ways off the main park road.
View across Raccoon Beach
Two benches are inviting the peace seeking wanderer to rest and take in the grand view. Unlike yesterday, today was very hazy. Grand Manan was not visible, as the fog had pulled the great curtain and blocked the view. From time to time the fog tried to invade Campobello, but the sun was too high already and burned off the humidity.

As we were having rolls, eggs and coffee, a little sparrow was looking for HIS breakfast which contained of morning-wet mosquitoes sitting on the wooden rails.

Before we are heading home we did the 1km (0.6mile) bog (board-) walk. The Roosevelt Park has really gone out of its way to make this walk a journey in local biology. The many posts show the diversity of life in a shallow bog. One can go the self-guided tour or join a Roosevelt Park Guide for the round walk.
The "Pitcher Plant", collecting water in a
hollow it makes insects drown there,
digesting them afterwards

The Eagle Hill Bog Board walk 

For the afternoon we enjoyed a performance of the Passamaquoddy Bay Symphony Orchestra in Lubec,ME under Conductor/Concert Master Trond Sæverud (Norway). This is a group of more than 25 members of amateur musicians from around the Passamaquoddy Bay. 

1 comment:

  1. That pitcher plant is fascinating as well as beautiful.


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