Friday, February 19, 2010

A Snowy Beach Walk


We went for a walk on the beach on a cold, gray day.



Wherever we found uncovered beach, we looked at the fascinating tangle of stuff which washes up in the tide. Winter is not gray on the beach.




I looked for bright spots of color and saw some bittersweet hanging on dead vines.


I saw withered orange rosehips clinging to the beach rose briars.



The tawny color of dried grass is one of my favorite winter colors. How can this dried grass still be standing after all the cold, dark nights full of wind and rain and snow?


This sea grass near a tidal pond is flattened into a swirl. The tide must have come very high during a recent storm.


Here is the tidal pond itself, looking as black as a tarn.


Snow blew sideways as it fell last week, and froze on the trees.


I have been looking at all the different kinds of ice I can find during our walks, inspired by Spirithelpers. I love this bright ice full of tiny cracks and bubbles.


My husband and dog are walking through frozen sea foam in the picture below. It is made up of delicate flakes of ice.


My boy has his own ways of exploring the different kinds of ice. He experiences things with his whole body. Here he is touching some little ice floes.


Here he is walking and crawling on hard, slippery ice.




We used to have to talk him into these walks on the beach. But this little strip of beach is different every time we walk on it. He always finds something fun to do, and so do we.

11 comments:

Lise said...

I love a winter beach walk. One of my favorite kinds of ice looks just like beach glass: smooth and rounded and tumbled by the waves.

Lisa said...

What a beautiful place! It's always wonderful to witness the changing seasons!
Lisa

Linda said...

Such magical beauty Beth, such beauty...

Linda said...

Such magical beauty Beth, such beauty...

softearthart said...

The beach in Winter is so cool, I live an hours drive away, so we do not get their often. cheers Marie

Prettydreamer said...

Your days are filled with beauty. This is so wonderful!~Pamela

Imene said...

I lived by the beach my entire life. The small and the sounds are so soothing to me. That's one of the thing I missed most living in Paris and now in NJ.
Lovely pictures

Nancherrow said...

Thanks for showing me a way to appreciate this long cold season. Even though I long for the warmth of spring there is still beauty to be enjoyed in winter.

gardenmama said...

the ocean is always so alive and makes you feel so free at any time of year! beautiful photos and sentiments beth!

Tammie Lee said...

I would have a wonderful time on this beach also. You captured treasures! It is always hard to imagine snow on a beach. I never did see that my 25 years living in Santa Barbara California.

boatbaby said...

Love winery days on the beach, it is magical. But it would be nicer if it only lasted a few weeks rather than a few months ;)
Fabulous photos!