Jon Crispin's Notebook

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

Olive at the Beach

Posted in Animals, Beaches, Dogs, Labradors, Travel, Water by joncrispin on 28/12/2014

Due to the wonderful generosity of my brother and sister-in-law, we are back at the beach in South Carolina.  This is Olive’s first visit to the ocean.

She took to it like a champ.  Full blast, right into the water and ran like the wind.  Here she is during her first encounter with a horseshoe crab.  Initially she was cautious, but after a minute she just barked at it until we lured her away with biscuits.  She is really becoming a great dog.

Block Island

Posted in Beaches, Jon Crispin, Landscape, Nature, People, Science, Travel, Water by joncrispin on 29/06/2014

We took the ferry to Block Island today.  This evening we walked down to Mansion Beach.  Cris has a knack for finding the most amazing things on beaches.  She found an iPhone once in South Carolina.

Tonight she found this.

And then she found the box it came in.

It appears to be some kine of weather device that was attached to a balloon.

Here’s the code number.

It’s in the back of the car now.

Here’s a sand castle about to disappear.

Fog and Palm

Posted in Beaches, Jon Crispin, Nature, Plants, Travel, Water by joncrispin on 11/01/2014

Heading back North tomorrow.  We had time for one last walk on the beach today, but had to bail.  Very odd conditions.  Foggy, misty, windy, and loud from the roar of the surf.  It was very disorientating and made walking difficult.  It was hard to stay balanced and the conditions made us both a bit dizzy.  Went for a long walk away from the beach and it was nice.  Had a bit of a thunderstorm late this afternoon to cap it all off.

Happy 2014 to you all.

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Beach Again

Posted in Beaches, Nature, Shells, Water by joncrispin on 05/01/2014

We are back on the beach for a bit.  It has been quite cold here in South Carolina until today.  The ocean was really roiled up this afternoon, and the tide was just ebbing from its high point.  There were lots of really beautiful small shells at the tide line.

The biggest of these guys is about an inch across.

I especially like the bottom one here.

Recently

Posted in Animals, Baseball, Beaches, Cities, Family, Food, Fried Clams, Jon Crispin, Nature, Sport, Travel, Water by joncrispin on 03/12/2013

Sometimes I get a bit frustrated when I don’t post here as soon as I have some interesting (to me) photographs. / We were up in Maine for Thanksgiving at my brother and sister-in-law’s house.  They live near to Higgins Beach in Scarborough, ME and on Thursday the ocean was really kickin’.  I went for three separate walks to the beach the next day and each one was interesting in its own way.  The surf was up (especially by East Coast standards) and at one point there were at least 40 surfers out.

On the morning walk I noticed that tons of sea creatures were washed way up on the beach, including this guy.  Very alive and, I hope, happy to be put back into the ocean.  Would have made a nice little lunch though.

On our way home on Saturday, I finally stopped to take a shot of this structure on Route 1 in Scarborough.  I liked the light, and it is nice to see how helpful the owners are in identifying just what this thing is.

Further (farther?) down Route 1 is Bob’s Clam Hut in Kittery and since Peter was with us it seemed a nice time to stop in for a bite.  As usual, amazing fried clams.

Next stop was in Boston for our annual walk around the outside of Fenway Park.  So sweet to have the 2013 World Series banner hanging.

And I have always liked this statue, especially Dom DiMaggio’s specs. / We ended the Boston leg of the trip with a stop at the Blue Ribbon.  For Peter, this day was a triple play; clams, Fenway, and Blue Ribbon.  He was a very happy boy.

And finally, there is this.  Image-wise it is kind of an orphan here, but I love the floating cone in the middle.  I spotted this on a walk with Pete yesterday afternoon. / I take him to the train in New Haven tomorrow, and as usual, it will be difficult to say goodbye.  Cris and I have had so much fun being with him for the past few weeks.

California Coast

Posted in Animals, Beaches, Bridges, Cities, Flowers, Landscape, Nature, Plants, Ships, Uncategorized, Water by joncrispin on 29/04/2013

This will be a picture heavy post without too many words.

We stopped in Pismo Beach, which is a sweet little town with a nice pier.  I like being able to shoot from above, which is a great angle to document guys with metal detectors.

Morro Bay is another pleasant town.  We were blown away to see these sea otters rafting at the end of the day so near to the town.  The wide angle lens doesn’t make them seem so close, but they were right there.

Next stop was the amazing elephant seal beach just near to San Simeon.  These seals have been coming to this location since the early ’90s.  Noisy and smelly (but in a very nice way).  Remarkable to be so close to these creatures.

They are molting at this time of the year and aren’t particularly active.

Next up, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park near Big Sur.  Well worth a visit.

It is Spring out here and wild flowers are everywhere.  This looks to be some sort of iris.

This spectacular field is just off Highway 1.  We came around a corner and this scene took our breath away.

California poppys.  Cris says they are the state flower.

Point Lobos State Park is a wonderful place to hike and get close to the ocean.  The trails are  extensive; it would be easy to spend a whole day here.

I had never been in the redwoods before.   This same photo has probably been taken a million times, but who could resist.  Big Basin State Park is just north of Santa Cruz.

Since I’m in California, I can get away with the word awesome.  Truly amazing.

Had a nice walk yesterday from the Exploratorium up to the Golden Gate Bridge.  Finally saw “The Changing Face of What is Normal” exhibit and will post some shots and my reaction soon.

Backlit Shell

Posted in Beaches, Shells, Water by joncrispin on 18/03/2013

I loved the way this little shell was translucent and backlit by the sun. / We are winding up out time here and I am really going to miss the beach.

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