MORE AMAZING HAPPENINGS...Miracle of miracles...the temperature in Maine reached 90 degrees! Over at Head Beach there were sun bathers galore and even a few swimmers! Our island was enjoying the company of several families that somehow made tracks down to the campground. There was a refreshing breeze and it couldn't have been more comfortable. I had a few friends from Connecticut in tow, showing them what draws me to this area. We climbed the rocks of Joe's Head and found a spot overlooking Gooseberry Island. We sat down and ate our sandwiches while below the waves broke on the shore and sent sparkling ripples and bursting bubbles to delight our eyes and ears. We climbed the shoreline, admiring the patches of Three-Toothed Cinquefoil clinging to the hard ledges. These are hardy beauties that remain in all seasons - providing green foliage, five-petalled flowers, and red leaves in fall and winter. Right now, the flowers are standing on their low stalks, vibrating in the wind. I was lucky to get them in focus!
We made our way down to Sanddune Beach where an artist was gathering pieces of colored rope that had washed up on the shore. These ropes come in all the colors of the rainbow, and he found enough to inspire a unique creation (though he wouldn't divulge his idea!). We left him to his creative gatherings, and took the path that connects the two parts of the beach, divided by rocks. While admiring the Beach Peas and foliage of Dusty Miller, I looked up at the lush green foliage of the Rugosa Rose. There, I found the first beautiful pink blooms, urged to display their vivid petals by the warming sun. Here one is. Pretty soon, this will be joined by others, filling the air with the sweetest fragrance you can imagine. Some people even eat the petals. Speaking of petal consumption, we stopped by an apple tree in bloom. There, we saw several Cedar Waxwings dining on the apple blossom petals! I had seen this before, but it was a first for my friends to see.
We ventured on to the second half of the beach where a tall wood-carved monument still stands to face the ocean. On top, was a gull standing guard (as I learned later). I played the game of "what color is the gull's tail"? When I waved my arms, the gull took flight showing its white tail which is hidden by black wing feathers when not flying. Then, I walked over to look "through the eyes" of the sculpture, when I almost stepped on a large brown, spotted egg at the base! That gull had been guarding its nest and egg to my utter shock! What a place to lay an egg! The nest was a casual circle of beach debris, and not more than 20 ft. away a family was playing horseshoes, with adults nearby soaking up a few rays! They told me they had seen the gull sit on the egg, but of course there was too much going on in the heat of the day to do much more than stay close and watch the egg. The 90 degree air may be as warm as the feathers of her breast! So there you are....another first on Sanddune Beach. I fear it may not have a happy ending, but what a discovery....another amazing happening!
In the picture to the left, you see the mother Herring Gull standing on the sculpture with nest (in the picture to the right) at the bottom. You'll also notice now I could have looked through the eyes of the carved face! The sunbathers are just out of the picture on the right. So there you have it.
6/12/04 Impressionable Ronnie