Thursday Travels: The Dunes of Greenwich

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

Over the dunes

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.

Looking out over the Gulf of St. Lawrence

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.

Sand and rain, blowin’ in the wind

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.

View of the boardwalk

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.

Going back over the pond on the boardwalk


25 Comments on “Thursday Travels: The Dunes of Greenwich”

  1. tedgriffith says:

    Thanks for a wonderful walk again today, Robin, to a place I’ve only read about. 🙂

  2. What beautiful dunes! They remind me of the ones on Cape Cod… I love misty days by the sea and that boardwalk looks so wonderfully long and inviting…

    I’m glad your father survived the storm and I hope he’ll come find some warmth with you if his power doesn’t return soon. It’s supposed to get pretty cold this weekend. It all seems surreal, the devastation we see on TV. I can see why you feel a loss for the place of so many fond childhood memories. Hugs.

  3. How gorgeous, Robin. Somehow the overcast sky adds to the atmosphere. I don’t know why, but for some reason, your blog is not showing up in my reader. I wonder if that’s happening for anyone else.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Kathy. 🙂

      My blog isn’t showing up in my reader either. I don’t know why. (I “follow” and “subscribe” to my own blog so I can see when something is either working or not.)

  4. Who doesn’t like a pretty dune? 😉

  5. It was a lovely ramble today. I hope your father packs it in and heads over to your warm home. The whole mess with Hurricane Sandy just leaves me speechless.. how do people go on after something like that? The human spirit is just amazing. xx

  6. Coming East says:

    Stunning! I think the dreary day added to the beauty if the scenery. I saw a story on LBI this evening on CBS news. Heartbreaking.

  7. aFrankAngle says:

    A wonderful stroll across the dunes. More importantly, strength to all dealing with Sandy’s effects and cheers to all the volunteers! Wishing your dad the best in the days to come.

  8. Beautiful photos, Robin. There is a calm beauty in the shoreline, perhaps because it is so horizontal. We lived in Virginia Beach for four years and seeing the long stretched out landscape makes me nostalgic for it, living as I do in hilly western PA where the only “big view” is from a mountaintop or cliffside. The quote from Thomas Cole sums up my feelings about nature.
    Best wishes to your family along the shore and to your father in particular.

  9. No straight lines in nature.
    really like that 3rd pix with curved walkway – of course all of them are spectacular

  10. Wonderful! I enjoyed the quotes too. I hope your dad has power now and that all is well.

  11. What great scenery, Robin!

  12. Absolutely gorgeous images, Robin! I love the dreamy sense they impart as well as the great compositions.

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