Low Tide

For me, there’s nothing more rejuvenating than a long, brisk walk on a sunny afternoon. Gets the juices flowing, and the oxygen traveling to the brain. Blows out the cobwebs. You get the idea.

Nice, clean water

As the title of this post implies, it was low tide when I arrived at the water. It was very clear at the marina. No engine oil or other human generated crap this time of year.

As you can see, there wasn’t much water in the salt pond. See the water tower in the distance? Ospreys nest there every year. They’re usually back by early March.

When I got to the beach there were quite a few people and dogs enjoying the sun and sand. Two discarded Christmas trees had washed up, looking kind of like beached whales.

A couple was walking three happy yellow labs. It was funny watching them, because the people and the dogs were almost constantly tangled up together. The dogs didn’t seem to mind, though.

A gaggle of labs!

Three ducks were chilling in the marsh. The hunting season’s over, so they can land without having their heads blown off.

This swan paddled over quickly when he or she saw me. Swans normally live in pairs, so I don’t know whether this one was hungry or just lonely.

As I got back to our street, I saw my first dandelion. Spring is definitely on the way.

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About dirtynailz

Writer for a daily newspaper, gardener, tree hugger, orchid-grower, photographer, animal lover, hiker, wilderness seeker. Proponent of clover in the lawn and a dog on the bed.
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8 Responses to Low Tide

  1. Beautiful photos! What a wonderful way to spend the day. I also enjoy walking very much. Nothing quite like it to feel rejuvenated.

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    • dirtynailz says:

      Martha are you seeing signs of spring where you live? I have some narcissus that are about three inches out of the earth now. Sure makes for a big change from Montreal, my former home….

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      • Yes, a few of my narcissus have sprouted, but it’s still too early for them. I prefer they wait a little longer as we could still get very cold weather. I guess some of them are more ambitious than others, and eager to get going!

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      • dirtynailz says:

        I agree, but they do seem to bounce back even if they get nipped early in the season, thank goodness. I can’t imagine a spring without bulbs.

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  2. Went to Sachuest and Blackstone Bike Path this weekend. Over 4 hours of walking which is huge for me. But it too felt good to go back to “church” on Sunday. Finally saw 2 silent Blue jays at the river’s edge. First I’ve seen around here since mid November!! And a fat muskrat plopped into the canal as i walked past. Too early for reptiles and amphibians. Many dog walkers, most wouldn’t even say “Hi”. The binoculars either intimidated them (birders are known to harass dog people if the dog is off leash near nesting birds) or they could tell I’m a cat person!!

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  3. Wendy says:

    ha! I’m glad the ducks can land safely without getting their heads blown off. Lovely scenes. I’m still trying to place where you are… Just saw 3 daffs this evening after spending an afternoon cleaning the flower beds. Maybe we don’t need the snow this year afterall.

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