On a chilly late afternoon, a snow storm approached Maine and clouds filled the island horizon. Most people think it's a good time to hunker down with the TV and a warm drink, but we headed out for a 3 mile walk around S_'s Cove near the Atlantic Ocean.
We parked near the shore, zipped up our jackets, explored the beach for a few minutes, then headed off. The trail isn't really a trail; it's a lane and a half wide road, sometimes dirt, sometimes tar, that winds around the cove and through the woods. There are a few houses, including some wonderful farms, but few vehicles drive by (even without snow threatening).
|Rock Crab Shell and Knotted Wrack Seaweed on Shore|
|Around the Rocky Cove|
Although this walk wasn't for NATURE STUDYING, we ALWAYS notice those things around us that are unusual, interesting, beautiful. We also notice those things that we wouldn't like to see...aluminum cans, plastic grocery bags and snack wrappers. (Please dispose of litter appropriately. We thank you!)
|A Break on the Way|
|A Clearing Overlooking the Ocean|
|Artist's Fungi on a Dead Tree|
|Hanging Moss? Any ideas?|
|Shelf Fungi on a Tree|
By the time we reached the cove again the sun was setting and the wind felt stronger. There wasn't a beautiful sunset through the overcast sky, but the ocean was calm...before the storm.