Jon Crispin's Notebook

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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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.

South Carolina Beach

Posted in Family, Landscape, Nature, Uncategorized, Water by joncrispin on 12/03/2013

Cris and I celebrated our 25th anniversary yesterday with a very long walk on the beach.  It was a beautiful day and the light was perfect for me.  And as you can see, it was mostly deserted.

When we walk, I am constantly stopping to take photos.  She usually just keeps moving but I eventually catch up.

Some of these guys are really tiny.  The shell on top with the red bit was no more than an inch across.  The guy above was probably 3 inches.

I have only occasionally seen the above type of shell.  Reminds me of an exotic African cat.

This shell was very small, but  so beautiful.

There is usually quite a bit of plant matter laying about.  We saw what was left of a huge palm tree at the high tide line.  I am not sure if the plant above is a water or land based plant.

Sand dollars are somewhat rarer this year.  We didn’t see any until yesterday.

I say it to people all the time when I am complimented about my photographs, because it is important for me to give credit where it is due.  I absolutely could not do what I do without the constant support and encouragement from Cristine.  Not just emotionally, but in  practical terms as well.  She works very hard at a demanding job to provide us with all the things that a photographer with a spotty income could never provide.  For that and the last 25 years I am more grateful than I can say.

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