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

April 7, 2014

Finally!

I hate to jinx anything but I think winter might finally be over.  At least the snowy part.  Yesterday was gorgeous.  I got up at 7, downed my coffee and was on Scusset Beach by 8:30.  Haven't been there since last fall, so I didn't know what to expect after the brutal winter storms that battered the beaches.  This is Part 1 of my pics.

Last year I could sit on this bench and swing my feet.  OK granted, I'm really short, but still.  

Quite a few lobster traps have washed up.  I don't believe that it's legal to remove them and I've never seen anyone do it.  I can't find the state regulations about it, but I don't think it's allowed.  Stealing from fishermen is extremely frowned upon and that includes their gear, no matter how battered it is and how picturesque it would look in your garden or front yard.  There are plenty of junk shops that sell them.


I was comfortable in a long sleeved tshirt and my jean jacket, but I did see a few other people bundled up in winter jackets with scarves around their faces & wearing hats.




 Lots of stuff washed on shore from the storms.  Nothing much worth taking though. 




I think this is a piping plover.  The dunes are home to their nests and they are a protected species (much to the chagrin of avid four-wheelers, who complain about limited access to Sandy Neck beach in spring and early summer).


28 comments:

  1. Gorgeous pictures. So glad you were finally able to make it to the beach!

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    1. Me too. I really needed a beachcombing fix.

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  2. Treasures on the beach? I hope winter is over. Good grief.

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    1. I would like for winter to be over but it has been known to snow in April.

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  3. I have no sympathy for the four-wheelers; can't they leave nature alone? So happy to see your beautiful photos and that Spring has finally arrived down there.

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    1. I agree with you on the four wheelers thing.

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  4. Beautiful!! I can't wait to get back to the beach. We've had some pretty rough storms, so I anticipate much of the same things. I remember on Long Island, it was a huge deal to even touch the lines to the traps. A big no no.

    Elsie
    AJ's wHooligan in the A-Z Challenge

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    1. Yeah stealing shellfish and equipment is a huge thing here too. I assume that must be true in all coastal communities.

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  5. You are so lucky living so close to the ocean - and kudos to you for getting off yer arse so early in the morning and getting "out there."

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    1. I've been desperate for a beach fix and so sick of being housebound, plus it's gonna rain tomorrow.

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  6. These photos are incredibly beautiful.

    Lee
    A Faraway View
    An A to Z Co-host blog

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    1. Thanks! Stay tuned for part two later this week!

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  7. The photography is wonderful JoJo. You really captured the feel of the beach. I agree with you and Maureen, 4 wheelers can be so destructive.

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  8. What is the punishment for stealing someone's lobsters?

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    1. I'm not sure....but there's a huge scandal right now over some stolen oysters on the Cape. The guy that did it is in a heap of trouble facing huges fines and jail time for stealing oysters and gear. And a scumbag fish market owner in Sandwich, Joe Vaudo, is facing fines for knowingly buying the stolen oysters, plus the Army Corp of Engineers that leases him the property for his market might close him down for good.

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  9. You are so lucky to live near the beach! I grew up in southern California and have the ocean in my blood. Even though I now live up north in Washington, I'm on the eastern side of the state way too far from the ocean. Great pictures, I could just about smell the salt air!

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    1. You're in Eastern WA? I loved living in Western WA! Although Puget Sound really didn't cut it in terms of living near the ocean. I had to drive almost 4 hours to get to the pacific.

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  10. What lovely photos makes me think of summer which I hope is just around the corner.

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    1. Not that I'm eager for heat, humidity, traffic and tourists, but it would be a nice change from snow.

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  11. I wish I'd done the same- it was a beautiful day for a beach walk!

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    1. On Saturday I knew I was hitting the beach super early on Sunday. Had to!

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  12. Yay for Spring! I'm happy to see things blooming here.

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    1. It's about time too!

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  13. I agree the pictures are lovely, the beach looked great.

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    1. thanks! The rest of the pics will be up on Friday, including a pic of my beach combing finds.

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  14. Thanks for taking us a walk with you on the beach! I love the patterns in the sands,looking forward to Fri.pictures,phyllis

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    1. Thank you! I admit I'm pretty lucky to live so close to the water in literally every direction.

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