After the strawberries were eaten and shared, we took off for Totman Cove at low tide. This place provides a dramatic show of tidal dynamics. The cove is shallow and as the tide recedes, one can walk and explore a large area. We did just that, finding live moonsnails, sea stars, surf and razor clams, urchins and other good stuff. It was a beautiful day, and we almost got consumed by the incoming tide. In the picture, the water will rise up to that little band of white sand in the distance. Then, the animals will again find cover, and we would have to be swimming.

On the 4th, we had our annual Sand Sculpture contest under clouds and haze. There was a cooling breeze, so no one was too hot as they constructed everything from Bald Eagles to Eels. One of my favorites was something no one had every made before...a Daisy Brittlestar! These are small Sea Star relatives with long, mobile (but fragile) arms. We find them hiding in Kelp holdfasts, though this year I am still awaiting this discovery. It was nice to have a 2006 to date this beautiful sculpture...thanks Justin and Linda!

From the beach, we proceeded to Sunset Lagoon to build inuksuks, those stone sculptures that the Inuit Indians use to mark special places. We found lots of stones of various sizes and shapes and some of our inuksuks were well balanced and may remain standing when the tide re-enters this area. See the mass of broken metal lobster traps in the background, left by the tide and stormy seas. Imagine these rocks rolling around in the surf...many are beautifully rounded and make good building blocks. What I like about this picture, in addition to the inuksuk builders, is the way the green plants grow right down to the edge of the cliffs. These plants are most probablly huckleberry or bayberry, but may also include poison ivy! How those plants find and hold the soil is amazing. A small stream up at the interior of this rocky cove was pouring water, and during winter would have caused an ice formation. In the fall of the year, those plants would have turned red before losing their leaves, but the stones would have rolled around in the frigid waters.

So, here in Maine, the sun shone on our holiday activities. I hope where you were, your activities were as fun and constructive as ours were.

One a down note, I am learning the meaning and need for scarecrows. I am finding these birds pecking at my emerging potato plants and pulling up sprouting beans! I need to make a scarecrow. Maybe I should recruit some of those creative sand sculptors to build one for me. Any volunteers? 7/7/06 Inuksuking Ronnie