|The flats at low tide|
At first I thought this meant another bumper crop of debris, fishing rope, boats, you name it. But it wasn't to be. Bay View had been assaulted by forces that can bury 3 feet of fishing rope without a thought.
|What do you mean three feet?|
|Oh, that's what you mean.|
On December 2, I decided to take another quick swing by. The lay of the land looked much the same. The wind had raised foot-high sand drifts in places. And did other weird things.
|Sand blows, but leaf doesn't blow?|
A short walk up Zones N & S proved I was right. Very little debris to be found. Not that it wasn't there, just that it couldn't be seen.
So, a collection of Zone N:
- Building materials: 3 (2 fence slats, 1 chunk of asphalt)
- Foam/Styrofoam: 6 (inc. a piece from the boat insulation)
- Fishing misc.: 8 (7 scraps of rope, 1 claw band)
- Food-related plastics: 2 (bottle caps)
- Food-related metal/glass: 4 (aluminum can, can scrap, 2 bits of sea glass)
- Non-food/unknown plastics: 11 (3 scraps of packaging, 2 bits of grocery bags, 3 hard plastic scraps, 1 scrap of boundary tape, 1 tiny bit of balloon, 1 sm. red hard plastic bit)
- Cigarette filters/plastics: 1
- Paper/wood: 0
- Misc./unique: 2 (scrap of fabric, freshly-lost tennis ball (dog toy?))
On to Zone S:
- Building materials: 2 (fence slat, chunk of asphalt)
- Foam/Styrofoam: 4
- Fishing misc.: 4 (shotgun shell wadding, 2 bits of rope, claw band)
- Food-related plastics: 0
- Food-related metal/glass: 0
- Non-food/unknown plastics: 8 (bag scrap, green soldier, tampon applicator, bandaid, tie-band, clear scrap, green scrap, yellow scrap)
- Cigarette filters/plastics: 0
- Paper/wood: 0
- Misc./unique: 0
Quick closeup of the small, but delightfully varied, non-food plastics:
|Would be OK not finding another tampon applicator|
So this week, I was well & truly schooled. Nov. 24-25 had put assumptions in my head that didn't last seven days. Which just proves that it might be a bit early for me to be making assumptions. Still, every idea that we get wrong gets us one step closer to getting it right.
Besides, I like a world that's full of surprises.