Wednesday, January 5, 2011

A WINTER'S DAY

If ever you have the opportunity to visit the coast of Maine, please do....however there are two things you need to be mindful of ....TICKS and POISON IVY. This sign says it all....a perfect way of warning folks traveling from the mainland who happen to visit one of the pristine beaches that Long Island has to offer. Last week I had the opportunity to visit the Island now shrouded in it's winter finest.... one of my favorite things to do when visiting is to walk "Singing Sands" beach. Many happy summer days of my childhood were spent here....the beach acquired the name "Singing Sands" as the sand seems to sing to you as your feet sink in while strolling along. This day was cold and crisp, but the beauty of my surroundings kept me warm. The sky.... a vibrant blue.... streaked with numerous "contrails."
This little fella assumed he had the beach all to himself as no other gulls nor humans were in sight.... that is until my mother and I appeared. Needless to say he went about his business and we ours. Winter storms known to produce high winds and strong currents cause the ocean floor to become "stirred" up.... hence all the seaweed and rocks seen this day. Typically, by summer the beach is clear and the sand shines white once again. Below a sandbar.... at low tide one can walk or wade across to neighboring Marsh Island. It is imperative you remain mindful of the changing tide.... people have been known to become stranded and needless to say incur a lengthy wait for the tide to change.
On "Little Sandy" as this beach is referred to no rocks nor clumps of seaweed to be seen....just my mom day dreaming of summer days to come.
This day was lovely.... before we realize it summer will return once again....the quiet and solitude of this day will be but a memory....
But a lovely memory at that.

21 comments:

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

All so beautiful and serene. What a lovely day you shared with your mother.

Denise said...

I often forget to go and enjoy our beautiful beaches this time of year, amazing how we often forget the wonders that are so close.

Kim said...

I guess it doesn't matter what season it is - beaches are always beautiful.

Eve said...

The pictures are all just lovely Julie! I love Sandy Beach. Such a wonderful place, from my memories past! At least I can say I know it...if I don't get to spend as much time as I would like!

Farm Girl said...

Just a lovely walk with your Mom, so nice and I love when you get to go home to your island. I am so glad you wrote about singing sands. I was reading a book about Scotland and it was talking about the singing sands and I wanted so badly to know what that was like. When you sit on the sand do they sing then too? I love the pictures of the blue sky and it your picture it looks like a sun dog in the clouds.
Thank you for sharing and someday when I come to Maine, I will watch for ticks and for poison ivy. :)
Lovely, lovely pictures.

acorn hollow said...

lovely post I spent many summers down east maine. Lubec the tides are so strong and high no swiming there. but the breeze was always cool and the sea glass amazing.
cathy

Rowan said...

How beautiful it looks, I love being on the coast in winter though it isn't very often that I have the chance.

Ginny said...

The beach looks beautiful. Les & I have always loved the beach in off season. Thanks for sharing.

bettyj said...

I have read your blog many times and decided to become a follower. I am a southern girl who loves NE. I also am a Tasha Tudor fan.
betty, Through My Back Door

DayPhoto said...

Thank you for this walk. It was beautiful. I could almost hear the waves lapping at the shore.

Linda
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Flat Creek Farm said...

Beautiful.. even in the winter! I took a walk with my dogs and the barn kitties yesterday. I did take notice of the beauty around, even in the "dead" of winter. Thanks for sharing your lovely island! Makes me want to visit! -Tammy

Genny said...

Absolutely beautiful! I love the name Singing Sands.

Verde Farm said...

Julie, just gorgeous. What a great way to spend a few hours. The sky is gorgeous. I would be the one to get stuck out on that sand bar too :) Poison Ivy? UGH--I can look at and swell up. Hope you are ivy free :)
Hugs, Amy

Pondside said...

The sky shots are breathtaking!
Isn't it wonderful to walk on an empty beach on a bright winter day. I could smell the salt air.

Rural Rambler said...

Beautiful pictures Julie. Love the sky shots and the last photo. How nice to have a day with your Mom on that beautiful beach. It may be time for CH and me to head to Florida!

the primitive country bug said...

What a beautiful day spent with your mom. I enjoyed a chuckle from the first picture. ;) You picked the perfect day for a visit and a walk.

Hugs~ Birgit

ps. Playing catch up here... sorry to hear of the passing of one of your loved ones.
Sending you ((HUGS))

Jacque. said...

How beautiful...and peaceful. A wonderful sky, the beach with singing sands, the time spent with your mom. Thank you so much for sharing that with us.

miss Potter, said...

Hello dear Julie, beautiful photos, very relaxing! At Christmas my pc was broken and I see old posts today, I love the House and your style, if one day you realised my dream to go to America I'd like to make your knowledge!!! :)

Sandy

miss Potter, said...

...I forgot... happy 2011 :D

Sandy

Heritage Farm Village said...

i love reading about different fun spots to visit! such wonderful pics too. funny log with the poison ivy sign. i guess some city folk might not know what it looks like. glad you had a great time and the singing sands sounds intriguing! jill

Gail said...

Absolutely beautiful!