Monday, April 25, 2011

Collection Report April 14, 2011

Bay View, on a bright, sunny April 14.
1:40PM. 60 degrees F. Low, low tide again
Wait. Something's missing from last week...
Where are all the rocks?
Those thousands of pebbles gathered into mounds? Gone. All in one week. Maybe in one tide? Whether reburied or rescattered or pulled out to the depths, almost nothing was left in their wake. In fact, in all of Bay View, one thing had floated in and stayed:
Behold: Sea lettuce!
Dull. Here's what I was able to "cobble" together for a collection of Zone N:
15 finds:
  • Building materials: 4 (asphalt chunks - likely leftover from April 7)
  • Foam/Styrofoam: 3 (insulation, packing peanut, cup scrap)
  • Fishing misc.: 0
  • Food-related plastics: 1 (spoon)
  • Food-related metal/glass: 1 (sea glass)
  • Non-food/unknown plastics: 2 (bag scrap, sliver)
  • Cigarette filters/plastics: 4
  • Paper/wood: 0
  • Misc./unique: 0
And Zone S:
10 finds:
  • Building materials: 4 (asphalt, 3 brick bits)
  • Foam/Styrofoam: 2
  • Fishing misc.: 0
  • Food-related plastics: 0
  • Food-related metal/glass: 1 (sea glass)
  • Non-food/unknown plastics: 1 (scrap)
  • Cigarette filters/plastics: 2
  • Paper/wood: 0
  • Misc./unique: 0
No commentary. Really, what would be the point? Clearly Saco Bay is in a pattern where, regardless of the weather, next to nothing (organic or otherwise) is floating in. So nothing (organic or otherwise) is beaching. Leaving a Flotsam Diarist without much to do except record local drops, and wait for the next week.

Still, it was a good day to linger a bit and admire nature's unmarred palette.
A new masterpiece with every tide
After all, warmer air and longer days means exchanging these shore-side companions:
For these:

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