A shot through the Sea Oats, pretty blue sky, white sand..........what could be better? Warmer temps that's what. Though the wind was better on this particular day, and I could walk the beach at Hilton Head without the worry of rain. Though the wind and rain were bothersome and I didn't get a tan while there; I did experience serenity and beauty that I think is probably lacking on a busy sun filled summer day. The views were more wide open without lots of sun umbrellas, lounge chairs, and people--leaving me alone with my thoughts to enjoy the true beauty.
It was quite a storm the night before I took this walk, and look at the left-overs from the angry tide. What amazed me is the fact that the Sand Dollars I saw weren't broken. They were smaller then most I've seen on trips to other beaches. I wondered if that was typical for this time of year. I passed along the warning to some folks who started to pick them up. Throughout Hilton Head the effort to protect and preserve nature is paramount. The fines for picking up shells, and seaweed, and other sea creatures is $$$. Even noted in the hotel tourist book.
Yet again, I marveled at this beautiful open, and unbroken shell. I've never seen one in tact before. Always half of it, or pieces parts. Look at the marks in the sand left from the tide. Click to enlarge to really appreciate it.
Sunlight glisening as the tide gently rolls in reflecting it's light and warmth for a lone bird. He/she seems to be on a slightly elevated patch of sand; higher and dryer but keeping a close watch.
Saw quite a few of these Blue Crabs. Really wanted to see one turned over, but didn't; and I certainly wasn't going to mess with Mother Nature and flip one. Wondered if it was more blue on the other side. Look at the in pretty blue claws. As I spotted these creatures they always seemed to be clusters of 2-4.(cropped one so you could see it better) Then there were places that revealed only what was left after something's lunch or dinner. Mother Nature, the food chain, and circle of life all evident.
And I pondered what this was. It looked jelly like. I wondered if the hole was created by human, using the little stick or the stick was thrust in when the tide deposited it; or perhaps the bird who's prints we see. I studied it awhile; but didn't come to any conclusion. What's your best quess?
Hope you enjoyed my exploration of The Beach and all it's beauty here on Hilton Head Island.
**And did you see Flat Stanley and his Friday Fun? It will be an ongoing Summer Series. Get the kids involved and enjoy.