Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Collection Report Dec 12, 2011

Monday, December 12. 1:42 PM, chilly & bright with a dazzling low sun, and a light breeze from the SW. A little more than an hour after high-tide -- if it could actually be called "high tide." The tideline was barely above the terrace, a sign of a remarkably feeble & low-energy week.
The weak waves preserved a slightly trampled message from the night before.
Ryan + Harry. Awwww...
A nice display of youthful enthusiasm, the perfect tonic to my first beach collection as a middle-aged 40-year-old! I wish good things to Ryan & her Harry.

As expected, cold skies & subdued tides brought in only the slightest flotsam. So why did one of the few pieces have to be another one of these?
Enough already!
Down to the numbers. Zone N:
28 finds:
  • Building materials: 6 (3 asphalt, brick, tile, fence slat)
  • Foam/Styrofoam: 5
  • Fishing misc.: 3 (rope)
  • Food-related plastics: 3 (1 bottlecap o-ring, 2 food wrapper scraps)
  • Food-related metal/glass: 2 (can scrap, sea glass)
  • Nonfood/unknown plastics: 2 (tampon applicator, 1 scrap >1")
  • Cigarette filters/plastics: 7
  • Paper/wood: 0
  • Misc./unique: 0
It seems that November's beachings combined with December's weak waves have left Bay View with a little breathing room. More weeks like this would be nice!

On to Zone S:
6 finds:
  • Building materials: 1 (asphalt)
  • Foam/Styrofoam: 0
  • Fishing misc.: 3 (2 scraps of lobster trap vinyl coating, claw band)
  • Food-related plastics: 0
  • Food-related metal/glass: 1 (sea glass)
  • Nonfood/unknown plastics: 0
  • Cigarette filters/plastics: 1
  • Paper/wood: 0
  • Misc./unique: 0
Yes. More weeks like this would be nice.

I'm writing this on December 28, a couple weeks after the fact. Last night a major gale blew through southern Maine, knocking over a few smaller trees and toppling recycling bins & trash cans. I wonder what the beach looks like right now?

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