I told everyone we were going to Rockaway beach, but I was wrong. Our cottage was actually a little south of there, at Twin Rocks. It was marvelous!
We arrived near dusk on Christmas Eve (after traveling through fog, rain, snow, sleet and sun...all in just 91 miles) and took a beach-walk before it got dark. I was mesmerized by the hundreds of these all around us on the beach...
Neither one of us had ever seen anything like them. The ones further up were dried out and flat, but as you got closer to the water they started to fill out...
Right at the water's edge they looked like this.
Christmas morning the sky was blue and we couldn't wait to get out and explore...
It wouldn't be the beach without Pampas grass, at least in my experience.
These little ferns were unexpected however.
The traditional Christmas volcano!
Someone was feeling creative.
I thought the holly sprigs were a nice touch.
The ocean is always worth staring at, but having something off in the distance to focus on is a nice touch...
There were many more of the creatures we'd spotted the day before, although calling them "creatures" makes them sound like animal, we weren't so sure. They may be plant? (*update* Animal! = colonial tunicate, species name Pyrosoma atlanticum)
We saw thousands on that walk.
And just one of these "jelly" things.
A more traditional beach sighting...
Those little white shells were like tiny, very tiny, geoducks.
If you're squeamish about dead things this is my warning to skip over the next couple of photos. Although I guess we've already been looking at them haven't we?
I'm not one of those people who has a fascination with dead animals, but this bird demanded to be photographed.
The dark feathers and that amazing beak.
This one was no longer recognizable as a bird, if not for the feathers.
But there were plants too! Equally photogenic.
And another human creation.
I've never seen an episode of 'Survivor' but for some reason this had me thinking of it.
We only spotted one of this more traditional human sand-castle construction.
Lila seemed to enjoy her time on the sunny (yet cool) beach. Andrew fashioned her appropriate headgear for the occasion...
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