Sorry this is a week late ;o((
Actually, it is already Sept 6th and this is the third try at posting this blog…hope it works!!
WARNING this post is PHOTO INTENSIVE!!
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Nancy here: Bill and I decided to skip our usual Sunday morning bike ride today. Instead, we wanted to walk the beach at Huntington Beach State Park and see what Hurricane Irene had done there.
We arrived at the State Park about 7am and drove to the
skimming along the surf…
The sun was already up, but the light clouds made it a perfect time for beach combing and taking photos…
It looked like Hurricane Irene had dumped a bag of shells for us to find!!
Thanks, Irene :o))
However, this was just the beginning of many treasures
she had left for us!!
Irene’s rough surf had left the beach covered with
many different egg casings.
What a GREAT name!!
The photo below is from the internet. We did not see this on the beach. However, this is a Skate which could have come out of the
Next we found a Horse Conch egg casing. The Horse Conch is the State Shell of Florida, but has a range as far north as North Carolina.Each egg casing holds hundreds of Horse Conchs, so you would think we could find one… Nope, not a one!!
Everywhere you walked you could find these strings of disks.
You guessed it, these photos of Welk Shells are from the internet as well ;o)) It is hard to imagine that these big shells start out in those tiny little disks. Actually, there are several shells in each disk!!
The next 2 photos are UEC – Unidentified Egg Casings.Please leave a comment if you know what they are!!
However, when the surf came in, we would see this little fountains of water.Obviously, the birds did not get all the clams :o))
While we were lucky that Hurricane Irene was a minimal hurricane, she was strong enough to change the landscape of Huntington Beach….Much of the Sand Dunes were breached and destroyed…
Below, I am standing on the sandy salt marsh looking out toward the jetty…the sand dune is missing :o((
As we continued our walk down the beach, we saw these tracks everywhere.Can you guess what they are ?!?!?
SEE IT NOW ???Yes, these little Sand Crabs were everywhere rebuilding their burrows and tunnels. However, it was so difficult to get a photo of one as they would dive in their burrows if you got anywhere close!!
We will continue our beach walk in Part 2 !!!
Hope you will come along :o))