Mt. Rainier and Lenticular Clouds - Dec. 2008 copyright: JMM

April 11, 2013

Jetties

If you grew up in coastal New England, you are familiar with the use of very large rocks on the beaches known as jetties, or breakwaters.  You find them mostly on the Bay side of Cape Cod, and they are placed on the beaches to help slow down erosion from the waves and tides.  Oddly enough there are no jetties at Sandy Neck Beach, despite it's location on Cape Cod Bay.  They were fun to climb and play on when I was a kid, leaping from stone to stone, although I dare not try that now with my bad knees and weak ankles.  Now I pick my way very carefully over and on them!!  I always search the nooks and crannies for beach glass that gets lodged from the shifting sands and tides.  Erosion has taken over as time has gone by over the last 40+ years.  The jetties in front of the giant home that stands where my dad's cottage used to be are all buried in sand.  The 'top rocks' are now just about beach level and the rocks that used to be beach level & created the pool effect have been long buried.  I'd guess there's at least 6' of sand that's on top of them.

When I was growing up and went to our cottage on Spring Hill a lot, the jetties were my fave place to play. Like little beach forts made of rocks.  It was fun to play around them during high tide because the large spaces between the ones that were beach level filled up with water like little pools.  I used to sit on the rocks for hours, daydreaming and and watching the water.  If it was windy, you could sit on the beach with your back against the rocks and it'd be more comfortable.

I shot these on Town Neck Beach, near the entrance of Old Harbour in February.




21 comments:

  1. It is amazing the effect water can have on things like the beach glass and on rocks. The jetties sound like a fun place for young and old alike.

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  2. What great memories JoJo! Even though I live one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world, our family didn't go to the beach that often. When we did, I loved to watch the little fish in pools and at the shoreline. I've never been to the East Coast; I would love to experience it one day.

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  3. You have to be sooo careful walking along the jetties. They are so slippery. My BIL has had to go to way to many rescues on them. On a happier note - you can find so many pretty things alongside them.

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  4. I love this post! When I was growing up I used to visit my grandparents and we went to the beach in Highcliffe (near Bournemouth) and they have groups of rocks like this there too and I was always playing on them. Now we've moved to the area so they're a regular part of my life :) (Though I'm with you on the not being able to climb over them like we used to!)

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  5. Beautiful pictures! Looking forward to seeing more.
    A month of Blog...

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  6. What a cool place to play and what neat memories! Awesome!

    Kathy
    http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com

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  7. I can just picture little kids jumping around on the rocks, and being in awe of what they discover among the rocks. Very nice post!

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  8. I'm amazed of how things can change on the beach I always thought of it as always staying the same.

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  9. What an idyllic place to play! I love the idea of the jetties as a playground. No matter what your age. :)

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  10. I love jetties. They were all over the place in Florida too and I loved walking on them. Your memories brought back some good ones for me. Thanks :)

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  11. Oh coastal New England,it such a beautiful place.

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  12. Beautiful pictures. Looks like a great place to relax and write.

    Karen

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  13. Pretty spot, so cool you're back to your roots!

    We have them here, too. Well before they built a big one in Hilo Bay , it was a favorite surfing spot of King Kamehameha.

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  14. The coolest thing about playing on the jetties in Connecticut was the chance to find flotsam, jetsam, medical waste, or mob hits.
    Good times, good times.

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  15. It is great to be here and surrounded by so many amazing beaches! It's very tranquil.

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  16. Wow, beautiful photos!

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  17. I love beaches so much, growing up on the Chesapeake and going to Ocean City. I loved exploring the Jetties. Great pictures and a great post!

    Tina @ Life is Good
    Co-host, April 2013 A-Z Challenge Blog
    @TinaLifeisGood, #atozchallenge

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  18. Oh what great memories of jetties. I grew up on an island with loves of shoreline and yup, lots of jetties as well. Spent many days climbing on and swimming around them. Great post.
    Elliot
    We Are Adventure

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  19. Lovely post. Seems it doesn't matter which ocean one is viewing, they all give us a sense of tranquility. The calming rhythm of the waves, lapping against the shore, the soft moist sand beneath bare feet, the salty fragrance of the sea breeze as it tousles our hair.
    Thank you for the quiet respite and wonderful photos.

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  20. What beautiful photos, and a lovely post full of your childhood memories. I bet it was great to grow up near a beach and enjoy the beauty of the water.
    Valerie
    Everyday Inspired

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