I took a trip up to NJ last week, and had a few minutes after work one day to hit the beach. I’ve spent a lot of time on southeastern beaches and have been to the coast of Maine, but had never been to the mid-Atlantic. While I didn’t have a whole lot of time to hang-out, the time I had was PERFECT! Nearing sunset, temps in the low 70′s, and the beach was completely empty. Nice. :)
The first thing I noticed about the beach was how course the sand was. Far from the water, the sand was powdery fine. But down near the water it was much more coarse. I’m guessing this has to do with some kind of “beach replenishment” project or some such.
In the south, we see plenty of Canadian Geese in the winter. But we never get to see the goslings. There was a huge flock of them in the beach parking lot. Note how they’re missing the white chin strap, how the black on their neck goes down so much further, and their beak is much more pointy.
This shot is a little deceptive. The beach looks like it runs right up to the dune, but erosion had created about an 6-8 foot cliff down to the beach.
My flight was severely delayed on the way out, but as compensation I got to watch the sun set. :) The windows on this plane were dirtier than any I’ve seen, so I have to apologize for the poor quality of the following shots…I did my best with them.
I was curious to know what this plane was. Looked like a Continental Express jet, minus markings. I looked-up the tail number, and it appears that’s the case. Owned by Wells Fargo; likely financed by Continental. You’ll also notice how closely packed we are waiting our turn to leave. That’s my wing-tip on the far left, and downtown Philly in the background
When we finally got clearance to take-off (2:30 late), we pulled in front of this line of traffic.