One Last Summer Stroll, On The Beach   4 comments

With six days of rain in the immediate forecast, I headed over to Onset Beach; to soak up every last drop of summer sunshine.  It was a perfect day, full of sun so bright, everything shimmered.

“Onset Beach is a smooth, sandy beach with warm Buzzards Bay water. This area is popular, so be prepared for crowds. Amenities consist of a bandstand for summer events. Parking here requires a daily fee during the summer.” (1)

However, between Labor Day and Memorial Day, this is MY beach!  As you can see in the photos, off season, Onset, becomes itself, again; a sleepy New England seaside town.  And, parking is, then, free and easy to find.

The water was warm enough to roll up my pants, wade in and dance with the water creatures.  It wouldn’t surprise me if the water and air temps were close together.  There were zillions of busy, Periwinkles!

“The common periwinkle or winkle, also known as Littorina littorea, is a species of small edible sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk which has gills and an operculum, and is classified within the family Littorinidae, the periwinkles.” (2)  And, they are delicous!  The entire shoreline was littered with free escargot!

A few last Wrinkled Roses, Rosa rugosa, lingered,

on bushes loaded with fat, nutritious hips!

Please be careful, there’s wave after wave of Poison Ivy, Rhus radicans, all over the dunes.

Even leafless, the vine and berries of Poison Ivy will, also, casuse an allergic reaction.

All the Milkweed, Asclepias syriaca, pods are ready to bust and spit seeds into the wind!

 All the sand, sun, snails and walking made me hungry.

Unfortunately, foraging is NOT an option, here; not even nibbles!  Public beaches are far too highly trafficed to insure safety.

It was a great walk, though.  Thanx for coming.  See you next time.  I’m going to go find a forageable Autumn Olive, Eleagnus umbellata, and stuff my face with berries!


Just click on any photo to enlarge for greater detail.

Thanx for stopping by.  See you next time.




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4 responses to “One Last Summer Stroll, On The Beach

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  1. Pingback: Wrinkled Rose Hips and All! « Forageporage's Blog

  2. Those milkweed pods are CREEPY!

  3. I’d really like to feature your naturalist blog on my travel site…Would you mind emailing me so I can tell you more?
    jane (at) dwellable (dot) com

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