Thursday Travels: The Dunes of GreenwichPosted: November 1, 2012
Last week we left off near the dunes in Greenwich. As I mentioned, the dunes are parabolic dunes. They move. Strong, unidirectional winds cause the dunes to migrate.
It was not that the jagged precipices were lofty, that the encircling woods were the dimmest shade, or that the waters were profoundly deep; but that over all, rocks, wood, and water, brooded the spirit of repose, and the silent energy of nature stirred the soul to its inmost depths.
~ Thomas Cole
As cold and windy and rainy as it was that day, it was still an amazing, breathtaking place to be. The scenery was stunning, much more so than any photograph can capture. All I can show you are bits and pieces of a larger, more beautiful whole.
Natural objects themselves, even when they make no claim to beauty, excite the feelings, and occupy the imagination. Nature pleases, attracts, delights, merely because it is nature. We recognize in it an Infinite Power.
~ Karl Wilhelm Humboldt
I would love to go back to Greenwich on a warm, sunny day and spend more time (a whole day would be nice!) on this beautiful beach. I imagine it’s quite different during the summer months. It would be a lovely place for a picnic. I was reluctant to take photos on the beach. There was not only the rain to contend with but blowing sand as well. Having been there, done that with dust in the sensor of my previous camera, I wasn’t keen on a repeat performance.
In other news…
What was once Hurricane Sandy continues to spin rain and breeziness into our weather. It’s been misty and chilly for most of the day. The weather prognosticators have said we might see peeks of sunshine today. If not today, tomorrow. It will be nice to see the sun again.
I talked with my father this morning. They are still without power in his neck of the woods (in New Jersey). The current estimate for restoration of electrical power is November 5th. He’s thinking about driving out here and staying with us for a few days. Dad doesn’t tolerate cold well, and he said he’s really starting to feel the lack of heat.
Did you ever have one of those days where everything you ever loved as a child was under water?
~ Jon Stewart, The Daily Show (October 31, 2012)
My thoughts and prayers and with all those who were effected by Sandy, particularly those who lost their homes. I was especially saddened by the devastation of Long Beach Island in New Jersey. We used to vacation there every summer when I was a child, and LBI holds a special place in my heart. It’s where I learned to love sand, surf, and sea.
I think that’s about it from Greenwich and from the Bogs for today. I haven’t uploaded my photos from today’s walk yet so there’s no view of the pond to show you. Someday I’ll get caught up with my Daily Walk photos at Flickr and start posting them there when I don’t get around to posting them here. In the meantime, I can tell you that all you’re missing is a cloudy, gray, misty view. A Great Blue Heron has been walking around the edges of the pond, looking for fish and/or frogs. I’m not sure how successful he’s been. Most of the action today has been taking place at the bird feeder with a variety of birds chowing down on seed and fruit.
Thank you for dropping in, and joining me in another edition of Thursday Travels. I have a small announcement coming up tomorrow. Nothing major, mind you. Just a little blogging business of sorts.
Wishing you a delightful day, evening, or night… wherever and whenever you are on the spectrum of time.