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April 21, 2012

Scraggy Neck

I went to do some beachcombing at Scraggy Neck, in the Pocasset/Cataumet area of Bourne, not too far from Mashnee Island.  I chose these beaches because of their proximity to the oncoming waves in Buzzards Bay, and because they were probably not likely to be visited by people looking for beach glass.  I was betting on some decent finds, especially being the end of the winter stormy weather and before summer arrives.  

I must admit to a sense of entitlement when it comes to visiting places like this.  I cavalierly ignored the "Private Beach! No Trespassing! Residents Only!" signs, drove to the beaches, parked and walked to my heart's content.  I figured I could get away with it, that time of year and in the middle of a weekday.  While I brought Sagan and Pepper with me, I didn't bring them out on the beach with me b/c I just didn't think it'd be a good idea, plus my car would be less likely to be towed with 2 dogs, one of which is a German shepherd, in it.

It was a very windy day, but mild.

This is the Cleveland Ledge Lighthouse. I'd never even heard of it before.  It was built in 1943 and automated in 1978.  It marks the western entrance of the Canal.  It was named after President Grover Cleveland, whose summer white house was at Gray Gables in Bourne.

Funky cracked rock

Coast Guard chopper.

Path to the beach

Epic success!!  Some aren't quite worn all the way, but my 'keep or toss back in the water guide' is, if it can't cut me, it comes home with me.  And no blue shard is ever turned down, able to cut me or not.

More shells and cool stones.  I can't get enough of the beautiful rocks and stones on the beaches here.  I just wish there was a way to identify them.  There seems to be a lot of quartz-type stuff in all colours and they look beautiful when wet.  I really need a rock tumbler!  The one large rock on the far right side glitters with gold sparkles!!!  


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  2. I'd like to be walking down that path to the beach!

    I use to collect stones years ago. Stones carry a lot of energy and are just amazing to look at!

    When,I was at the park the other day, I saw one glittering so I picked it up and observed it for a while. I was going to take it home, but I remembered the last time I picked up a stone from the earth and took it home it seemed to have lost its energy - so I decided to leave it where I found it!


  3. Simply stunning pictures!

    I had a very pleasent holiday staying with cousins in Merrimack, New Hampshire, recently and we went for a long weekend break to Maine staying in Portland and visiting Cape Elizabeth - which reminded me so much of some of your pictures.

    Where I live, slap bang in the centre of the UK, we are about as far from the sea as it's possible to get on this island - yet I hanker for the coast and feel most 'at home' walking along rocky, deserted beaches.

    That's possibly a genetic throw-back to my family history, as the rest of them (and all the generations before) originated from the wild coast of the England/Scotland Borders!

    Thank you for re-awakening memories - perhaps I need to book another flight over.....!

    Happy A-Z'ing!

    SueH I refuse to go quietly!
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    (btw - saw your comment over at todays' A-Z post, re. the timing of pre-scheduled posts; I discovered you have to go into setting son your Blogger dashboard and manually change the timezone - they were all automaticall defaulted to Pacific Time, apparently! Hope that helps!)

  4. Excellent post and those pics are wonderful. I live on the South coast of England at a place called Bournemouth......not unlike the scenery which you shown us, I love to walk along the beach.


  5. The beaches there are so beautifully wild! Looks like a slice of paradise. :)

  6. Gorgeous photos, JoJo!! You have such a knack with the camera!

  7. Those slimey rocks with the tide lapping round them reminds me of a beach of my youth.

  8. "I really need a rock tumbler." I've said the exact same thing after spending some time sluicing in North Carolina. Great finds! I love blue glass.

  9. private beaches are much more fun and this one looks fab

  10. Anonymous6:47 AM

    'Scraggy Neck' looks much nicer than it's name might imply ;0)

  11. I love the wave pictures.
    I can't believe the abundance of beach glass and gorgeous stones you find. I'm lucky to find 2 or 3 tiny pieces each time I go out.

  12. Your pictures are breathtaking and your stones and beach glass are like treasure. How cool!!


  13. Just followed you. From the A to Z challenge. My son is going to love this post. He is a nine year old who is really into stones. He keeps starting collections that I find in his pockets on laundry day :)

  14. Ohh pretty pictures. I like walking on the beach.

    Sonia Lal @ Story Treasury

  15. I am a fellow beachcomber and I love shells and sea glass. I've wanted to get a rock tumbler for years.
    My favorite photo was the cracked rock that looked like a heart, rather poetic I thought.

  16. Gorgeous! I wish I lived near a beach.

    Catch My Words

  17. Oh wow, what a lovely way to spend the day! Great photos. Looks like it was a day full of fantastic finds, lots of great glass and awesome stones.
    Everyday Inspired

  18. Following you from the AtoZ Challenge after reading this post.You're on the other side of the continent to me, with better "booty" than I've been able to find.

  19. Cape Cod is one of my favorite places in the US...thanks for the photos! Just stopping by from the Challenge to say hello...


  20. Beautiful photos! Love the rocks.

  21. JoJo,

    How fun would THAT be! And the scenery is so beautiful! What do you do with the glass? (I may have missed it in a past post. If so, sorry to ask an answered question.) :)

  22. Man, those gorgeous pics make my heart ache...I sooooo long for a beach house! (Yeah, I know; me and millions of other folks!) :-)

    Some Dark Romantic

  23. What a brilliant name for such a beautiful place!

  24. Very glad you ignored the sign and enjoyed your time at the beach. What a payoff! Looking at your gorgeous pictures of the windswept shore I can almost feel the wind and smell the sea air. The beach glass is so brilliant. The blue shard is my favorite!

  25. Lovely photos and rock collection :)