Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Beach Walk

Despite living only about ten miles away from the beach, I somehow only managed to get there a handful of times this summer. Lately, I've been feeling the need to connect with Mother Nature so I've been trying to make up for the lack of summer beach time. I'm trying to make a weekly ritual to get there for a walk, meditation, or just enjoy a sunset. This past weekend, I got there fairly late in the day and it was super cloudy and windy out, so I spent some time taking pictures and just "being".

There is only very limited parking, but what is available is free. Makes parking on beautiful summer days a little difficult, but not so much in the cooler weather. This is the pathway from the parking area down to the shore.

The very first thing I do whenever I go to the beach is immediately take off my shoes and put my feet in the water.

There was some rough weather in the Gulf with Hurricane Ida, so the surf created these little sand cliffs when the tide came in earlier.

Depending on the time of day, tides, and even weather, you will find powdery soft sand on our Gulf beaches or you may find patches of broken shells.

Please keep off the sand dunes and do not pick the sea oats. There are some endangered plant and wildlife species that inhabit these areas. The dunes also capture sand from being blown into populated areas. Not only are sea oats beautiful, but they also preserve and stabilize the sand dunes. It is illegal to pick sea oats.

It may have been cloudy, but the sunset was still beautiful creating a play of light through the clouds.

It got dark pretty quickly after the sunset, so I was forced to end my time visiting Gaia.

Thanks for visiting the beach with me!


Meri Greenleaf said...

Wow, what a pretty beach!

Shannon said...

Gogeous! There are few places I enjoy more than the beach! Thank you for sharing!

Athena's Armoury said...

There are quite a few beautiful beaches near me, but this is probably the one I go to the most. I prefer beaches without all of the commercial tourism and development: I like feeling like I'm in nature.