christmas reflections 2005 / 2
| Every year we bring decorations; in part to decorate the tree along the access road
, in part to make our mark, however briefly, upon the beach itself, and to leave notice of our celebration.
We pay attention to the changes on the beach. This year, upon arrival, save a lone sea gull and a comorant, there were no birds to greet us. They came upon us later, after we covered the sands with sunflower seeds. But there were thousands of starfish that had been washed ashore, scattered amidst the kelp
. One year we saw the effects of erosion from the ravages of winter storms
. On other years we marveled at near balmy temperatures.
And, of course, we get to see the wildlife on the trip, though these characters were not by the shoreline.
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