Jon Crispin's Notebook

Beach Snow / Jellyfish

Posted in atlantic ocean, Beaches, Cnidarians, Dogs, Jon Crispin, Labrador Retrievers, Uncategorized by joncrispin on 05/01/2018

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It is easy to see where the high tide line is here.

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There were several of these interesting gelatinous creatures that had been washed up on the beach.

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I want to call them jellyfish, but I’m not sure.  They might fit into the cnidaria phylum, but I would appreciate anyone who could tell me what they are.

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I love looking at the patterns that form when the tide is going out.  This could be a photo taken from 20,000 feet, even though it isn’t.

New Year’s Day 2018

Posted in Beaches, Jon Crispin, Uncategorized, waves, Weather by joncrispin on 01/01/2018

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Wishing you all a happy and productive 2018.  Thanks for following this silly little blog.

This is the annual Polar Bear Plunge on the island.  It takes a special kind of person to run into the Atlantic when the outside temperature is 30 degrees.

Baseball / A Different Huntington

Posted in Baseball, Beaches, Jon Crispin, Nature, ocean, stadiums, Uncategorized, waves by joncrispin on 19/06/2017

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Something is going on out on the mound.  The Angels lost to Kansas City yesterday, but it was a nice day for baseball.

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It seems my two current favorite places in Southern California have Huntington in their names.  This is the pier at Huntington Beach.  It was just past noon today when I took this, and the morning haze had not yet burned off.  A lovely, cool day to walk on the beach.

Olive at the Beach / Dolphins?!?

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Today is Olive’s last day at the beach this year.  The weather is incredible and she has been so happy being in the water almost every day.

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We bought her this green flying saucer type thing which really soars on a windy day.  She swims out to get it and then comes right back.

Except yesterday when Cris was playing with her.  Olive paddled out to the saucer and then started to swim out a bit farther into the ocean.  Cris couldn’t figure out what was going on, and then spotted dolphin fins. Olive must have sensed them as well.  It is hard to know what kind of interaction there would have been if she hadn’t come right back when called.  You would like to think that it would have ended in a nice “Flipper-like” scenario with lots of cavorting and intra-mammal bonding, but you never know.

Thanks to Bob and Kath for having us in the house again this year, and it is so great that they have been here for the latter part of our stay.  Heading back North tomorrow.

Olive at the Beach

Posted in Animals, Beaches, Dogs, Labrador Retrievers, Labradors, Uncategorized by joncrispin on 02/01/2017

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Due to the great generosity of my brother and sister in law, we are back at the beach for a bit.  Olive is thrilled.

Happy New Year to you all.

Beach Flower

Posted in Beaches, Flowers, Plants by joncrispin on 04/01/2016

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It is wonderful to come to a place in the month of January where wild plants are still flowering.  In all our miles of walking the beach, this was the only blossom we have seen.

Anyone out there have any idea what plant this is?

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Star / Higgins Beach

Posted in Beaches, Landscape, ocean, Uncategorized, Water, waves by joncrispin on 26/12/2015

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We are up in Maine for a few days.  The Christmas tree came down earlier today and some of the stars fell off on the way out of the house.

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Cris, Olive, and I had a lovely walk on Higgins Beach just before the sun went down.

I’ll try to post before the New Year, but if I don’t get the chance, happy end of 2015 to all of you, and best for 2016

Block Island View

Posted in atlantic ocean, Beaches, block island, ocean, views, waves by joncrispin on 16/07/2015

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It is very nice to be back on Block Island.

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Huntington Beach

Posted in Beaches, dog competitions, surfing, walking by joncrispin on 30/05/2015

We went to Huntington Beach today.  Lots of reasons to go, including the Purina Proplan Incredible Dog Challenge Western Regional competition.  Yesterday was the dog surfing, which I am really sorry we missed, but today was the “dogs leaping into water competition”, which I have always wanted to see live.  It was great, and there were tons of dogs there just hanging out.

Including this guy just chillin’ in the bleachers.

I got a chocolate milkshake at the Ruby’s at the end of the pier.

It is always nice to look down at the surfers.

It was nice and cool in the shade of the pier.

We then walked down the beach for a couple of miles.  Lots of people, very diverse and interesting, and the water was so clear and refreshing.  I haven’t taken my shoes off and walked in the Pacific for a very long time.

S C J U I L G F O W T

Posted in Beaches, Plants by joncrispin on 04/01/2015

I was walking on the beach today at low tide and saw this piece of plant that had washed up sometime earlier in the day.  A pretty perfect “S”, and I thought that it could be the start of a collection of naturally occurring  letters.  A few minutes later, I saw this “C”.

Well, I thought, another one for the collection.  And then, this “J”.

I ended up walking about 5 miles on the beach, looking for letters.

This “U” is nice with the leaves still attached; sort of like the “S”.

I’m calling this one ↑ an “I”

Nice to have found an “L”.  So useful at times.

It might be stretching it a bit to call the one above a “G”, but hey, it works for me.

No question though, this is a lovely “F”

This one came pretty close to being a “Q”, but an “O” is much more useful (although we did have a “U” to go with the “Q”).

This is just barely a “W”, and it even has a little flower attached.

And finally, this somewhat stylized “T”.

I am a pretty lame Scrabble player, but I try to do the Times crossword everyday.  As I was walking back from the beach I thought it might be nice to see how many words could be made from these letters.  S C J U I L G F O W T.  It is a good mix of vowels and consonants.  If you want to join in, post your words in the comments section.

I am wishing all of you a fantastic, productive, and peaceful 2015.  Cheers, Jon

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