I managed to get out for a few more minutes on Nov 7. As you can see, nature had been busy scouring the sands.
|The cleanest of slates|
|Flotsam Diarist 2.0 beta|
|Ooh, little bit of rope|
|Or not so little|
|You just never know|
But finally, November 10 was... well, it was cloudy, 41 degrees, and insanely windy. But for an hour, it actually wasn't raining. So I finally got in the full walk.
|The proof is in the footprints; all mine (OK, except the dog's)|
- Building materials: 8 (7 slats, one post end)
- Foam/Styrofoam: 12
- Fishing misc.: 10 (2 buoy bits, 1 lobster trap entry net, 4 rope scraps, 2 long bits of twine, 1 shotgun shell wadding)
- Food-related plastics: 8 (inc. banged-up coffee lid scrap and very eroded plastic/foil scrap)
- Food-related metal/glass: 5 (1 can, 1 can scrap, 3 bits of sea glass)
- Non-food/unknown plastics: 15 (inc. shovel, hard solid plastic rod/fitting, balloon scrap, 5 bits of plastic bags, central webbing from bandaid
- Cigarette filters/plastics: 4 (3 locals + 1 floater)
- Paper/wood: 3 (1 swiffer cloth, 1 dryer sheet, 1 Dubble Bubble wrapper)
- Misc./unique: 2 (Buzz Lightyear balloon, golf tee)
Some usual suspects. And one not so usual.
|To Infinity and...|
|Wish I had the whole buoy #|
|Not part of a Lady Gaga costume|
|Same colors show up week after week|
- Building materials: 5 (asphalt chunk, 4 fence slats)
- Foam/Styrofoam: 5
- Fishing misc.: 4 (3 bits of rope, 1 trap tag)
- Food-related plastics: 0
- Food-related metal/glass: 2
- Non-food/unknown plastics: 7
- Cigarette filters/plastics: 2 (1 local, 1 floater)
- Paper/wood: 0
- Misc./unique: 0
All in all, the finds are still across the spectrum, and are still coming from local drops, blow-ins, and wash-ins. (The latter two more than the former now, which makes sense.) And the cigarette count remains utterly collapsed -- a welcome sign, but one that's making me rethink some of my assumptions.
This was a period of biting wind, drizzling -- sometimes pouring -- rain, and shifting sand. The slope of the beach is changing, but in ways I wasn't quite expecting. Close to the water, it's eroding fast. But close to the dunes, new sand has been dumped. The beach is becoming steeper, and every week the contours change. As shown by the lobster trap/rope, the surprises are there. Just biding their time. What will the next report bring?