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Archive for the ‘Beaches of North America’ Category

Fall colors at their finest!

Posted by Jody on October 20, 2017

Our white sand beaches and coastal areas are teeming with these beautiful butterflies these days! ~ Just in time for their brilliant autumn-like colors to mix and match with other seasonal Southern favorites like Halloween decorations, pumpkin patches, and sweet potato pies! 

According to the University of Florida Entomology & Nematology Department:

“The Gulf fritillary occurs throughout the southern United States southward through Mexico, Central America and the West Indies to South America. In Florida, it can be found in all 67 counties. The butterfly undergoes distinct seasonal movements each year. Adults move northward in spring and form temporarily breeding colonies throughout the southeast. Individual vagrants may occasionally reach into the central U.S., but rarely into the Midwest. Starting in late summer and continuing through fall, huge numbers of adults migrate southward into peninsular Florida. Adults overwinter in frost-free portions of their range.”

Fall colors at their finest!

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Have a great day, hopefully at the beach!

 

Butterflies and Moths of North America

Butterfly Plants and Mississippi Butterflies

Butterflies at Home

 

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Jekyll Island’s Gems

Posted by Jody on October 15, 2017

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Knobbed Whelks

Just a couple of weeks ago, soon after Tropical Storm Irma’s 6-foot storm surge wreaked havoc on Jekyll Island, I visited this “Golden Isle” for a much anticipated girl trip. A dear life-long friend and I met in the Jacksonville (JAX) airport, rented a car, and drove the easy-peasy route north to Georgia’s little island paradise. The storm had done quite a bit of damage to many of the beach crossovers and it had devastated the protective dunes, but the state owned barrier island was in the process of returning to normal and was once again open for business.

Jekyll Island after Tropical Storm Irma ©Jody Diehl

Jekyll Island after Tropical Storm Irma

Over the long weekend, when the tide was low enough to barefoot it on the sandy seashore, we spent a great deal of time walking and catching up on the spectacular beaches of Jekyll Island (Mary’s Fitbit kept track and recorded our steps at 30+ miles!). Sand dollars were easily spotted dotting the shoreline but the grand prize of beachcombing on this fabulous weekend was hands down the Knobbed Whelk, Georgia’s Official State Seashell.  They had been flung up into the rip-rap in abundance by Irma.

Beach treasures found on Jekyll Island after Tropical Storm Irma ©Jody Diehl

Beach Treasures found on Jekyll Island after Tropical Storm Irma

Our first sighting of these Jekyll Island gems happened when we spotted a family -looking very pleased indeed – coming towards us with armloads of something we couldn’t quite figure out. We just knew we had to ask! They were finding perfect Knobbed Whelk specimens hand over fist in the boulders piled along the dunes. They even happily shared some of their bounty with us! Afterwards, being on high alert to spot some of our own one-of-a-kind beach treasures, we began to see Knobbed Whelks partially buried in the sand just at the rolling surf line.

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Knobbed Whelk found on Jekyll Island, Georgia

The Knobbed Whelk, as Jekyll Island’s “Your Official Guide” (Fall/Winter 2017) states, “… is the state shell of both Georgia and New Jersey. These big snails are a fairly common animal found along the intertidal beaches and marshes of Jekyll Island.” It goes on to say, “Feel free to take these shells as a souvenir, but only if they’re uninhabited.” The largest one we snagged was over 5 1/2 inches in length but they can grow up to 9 inches long. Also known to more scientific minds as “Busycon Carica,” they range from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, to Cape Canaveral, Florida. Our finds were everywhere on the color scale from light grey-brown (some being streaked with darker browns) to a very dark grey. The low knobs on the shells’ shoulders are a bit of a giveaway but an important fact in identifying a Knobbed Whelk is that the opening of the Knobbed Whelk’s shell is on the right. The Lightning Whelk, on the other hand, is a south paw!

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Any ideas on where we should go for our next girls only weekend?

                                 We’d love to hear from you!                       

If you’d like to learn more about the Knobbed Whelk, I suggest this helpful site: Chesapeake Bay Program.

 

 

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What a Difference a Day Makes!

Posted by Jody on October 8, 2017

Just a couple days ago, we were sitting out on Beach Boulevard watching lovingly  restored Bel Airs, GTOs, and Deuce Coupes cruise by with Mississippi’s beguiling beachfront as their backdrop. Today, the Mississippi Department of Transportation is cruising the coast in clean-up mode.

Let me explain: In the olden days (We’re talking pre-Katrina here.), we understand the folks ’round here used to host hurricane parties. These days, we all hunker down and try to prepare as much as possible when the h-word is mentioned. So, although Crusin’ the Coast – billed as “America’s Largest Block Party” – took place this past week, vacationers packed up and left a bit early due to the impending arrival of Hurricane Nate. The party was over!

This year’s event featured over 8,000 registered classic cars and other vehicles. Next year’s party (September 30 – October 7th, 2018) promises to be even bigger!

Thankfully, our beautiful beaches remain intact this morning. Here, mid-coast, we only suffered minor tree damage and overblown dunes.

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So long, Nate!

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Loving Lewes Beach, Delaware

Posted by E.G.D. on August 14, 2017

Today’s featured guest writer is Audrey Dautenhahn.

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Photo courtesy of Audrey Dautenhahn

While I was born in the southwest, I grew up visiting various California beaches and experiencing the beauty of the Pacific Ocean. Now, I live in the northeast, and I’m getting to explore an entirely different set of seashores. Lewes Beach in Delaware is fabulous–so fabulous, in fact, that I only managed to snap a couple of photos!

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Photo courtesy of Audrey Dautenhahn

Our idea to visit the shore was not original, and the beach was busy on a Saturday morning in the middle of summer, but we found a nice spot to place our umbrella. A sandbar extended out from the shoreline, and my kids could wade out several yards from shore. We enjoyed watching the Cape May Lewes Ferry make trips over to New Jersey, and wagons would pass by, offering water ice for sale. (We took them up on their offer, and it was delicious.)

This is a really nice family beach, and I know that we will return. (But first, there are more beaches to visit!)

About today’s featured guest writer:  Audrey Dautenhahn is a freelance writer and super-mom home school teacher.  She is passionate about writing urban fantasy love stories like her novel, Look and See, which was released in 2015, and she is currently working on the second book in her Acts of Valar series.  She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and four children.

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Independence Day the Gulf Coast Way!

Posted by Jody on July 4, 2017

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You have to love a nation that celebrates its Independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.”
~Erma Bombeck

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We’re going to need a bigger shovel!

Posted by Jody on June 22, 2017

 

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Tropical Storm Cindy sure left a mess behind on our coastal beaches! Today, in South Mississippi, we still have lines of thunderstorms passing through, flash flood warnings posted, and a tornado watch in effect. Parts of the beachside highway are blocked due to sand coverage and many parking areas along the seawall fenced off by the county. Luckily, we were able to find a place to pull over and hop out for a quick look at one of the beaches in Biloxi this afternoon.

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The aftermath of Tropical Storm Cindy on the beach in Biloxi, Mississippi..

 

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Row of rental chairs buried in the sand.

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I’m guessing we can negotiate a discount on these!

 

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We’re going to need a bigger shovel!

Here’s one!

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MDOT Sand Clean-up Crew

We didn’t expect to see this little guy:

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Is anyone missing their pet turtle?

Cindy had a peculiar sense of humor.

She left this behind:

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Seriously?? “The CYCLONE!”

It’s with a great big sigh of relief that we say, “So long, TS Cindy!”

 

 

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Celebrating Father’s Day

Posted by Jody on June 18, 2017

“Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life!”

~Albert Einstein

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Honoring Flag Day USA

Posted by Jody on June 14, 2017

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The flag of the United States has not been created by rhetorical sentences in declarations of independence and in bills of rights. It has been created by the experience of a great people, and nothing is written upon it that has not been written by their life. It is the embodiment, not of a sentiment, but of a history.” 

~Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States

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Happy Mother’s Day, y’all!

Posted by Jody on May 14, 2017

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I’ve never considered myself a “birder” before. Don’t get me wrong – I certainly know a Road Runner from a Robin. And I can identify a male Cardinal by it’s brilliant red color and conspicuous crest. In the past, I’ve been known to enjoy watching the Harris’s Hawks nesting in our front yard tree in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and get downright excited spying an Osprey triumphantly returning to it’s nest with a freshly caught dinner in Nokomis, Florida. But, how many eggs were likely to be found in the Harris’s Hawks’ nest, and how long did the Ospreys’ eggs take to hatch?  I hadn’t a clue.

The thing is, since moving to our little beach house on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, I’m starting to understand a little more about how someone gets hooked on bird watching. I’m not talking just a little hooked – I’m talking really hooked!

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Not too long ago, on a morning walk along our beach, we ran across a few scattered orange marker flags indicating nests of what we assumed were Least Terns. The little coastal critters are pretty well known in these parts. We’ve spotted the permanently marked nesting areas on the beach near Biloxi, and we have noticed the sign on Highway 90 designating a section of the roadway “Judith Toups Least Tern Highway.” In fact, we encountered a very active Least Tern nesting colony complete with helpful Audubon Society volunteers in Sarasota County (FL) last summer. So it was pretty clear what was happening on our beach! We had an actual Least Tern nesting colony forming right there, not more than a couple blocks from our beachy hideaway.

To date this particular colony has had its ups and downs. According to the American Bird Conservancy website: “The Least Tern has two big problems. It prefers sandy beaches for nesting—the same kinds of places that people love to visit. And, because it nests on the ground, it’s vulnerable to attacks by cats, dogs, and other predators, which can destroy a significant portion of a colony’s eggs and chicks.” We have had a couple big rain storms resulting in nests being covered by windswept sand. Yet we remain hopeful that the little colony on our beach survives and flourishes in the weeks and months to come.

The area is now roped off and signage has been placed. Hubby and I are planning on joining the Audubon Mississippi Coastal Bird Stewardship effort by becoming active volunteers.  I may be a real live birder when next we meet. I’ll keep you posted!

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Please Tern Around

In the meantime, you can learn more about the Least Terns on the Mississippi Gulf Coast here.

 

 

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How to Sneak in an Extra Beach

Posted by E.G.D. on April 11, 2017

Hello, beachgoers!  Greg and Jody are off on another one of their grand adventures, and true to form, they actually found an extra beach to visit in transit to a cruise that will be stopping at a large number of fabulous beaches.  Did you know that Cypress Point Park is walk-able from TPA (Tampa International Airport) and a good number of the airport hotels?  Granted, Google Maps says it could take a person an hour on foot from the airport.  For those of you who would rather do your walking on the actual beach, there’s a bus you can catch from the terminal for $2 each way.

It would appear it’s a lovely location for kicking around at the beach (albeit without your canine friends), as well as plane spotting!  According to Tampagov.net, “Cypress Point Park is a relatively undiscovered treasure with a beautiful beach. The park includes a .90-mile asphalt trail and .44 miles of nature trails. Cypress Point Park provides visitors with stunning sunsets, gorgeous beach walks, dunes, beach wildflowers, and fishing opportunities. Park amenities include a bus stop, ample parking, ADA accessibility, bicycle racks, benches, a boardwalk, a canoe launch and picnic pavilions.”

So, ladies and gentlemen, if you have a layover in Tampa and you don’t feel like spending hours and hours inside an airport, you now know that you have the option of popping out for a quick beach trip!  I don’t know about you, but when I’m flying long distances, I’ll take any excuse to stretch my legs, and there’s no better place to do that than a good beach.

Do you know any good escape-the-airport layover beaches?  We’d love to hear about them!  Please drop us a line in the comments, and if we get a good response, I’ll patch together an airport-beaches list for the site.  In the meantime, have a great day, hopefully at the beach.

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