HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
How many of you listen to Talk Radio? Well, I do, and Jordan Rich of WBZ in Boston is entertaining and enlightening. Last year, he challenged listeners to make a turkey out of their hand prints as he used to do as a kid. Here was mine..sent last Thanksgiving. Maybe you will want to try your hand at this art! (pun intended). Unfortunately, Jordan is on during weekend hours at night/morning, 1030AM on your dial. If you wake up in the wee hours of the night, tune him in.

Thanksgiving in Maine saw our first snow, but it turned to rain and didn't accumulate enough for tracking. However, the seas were stormy and wild! My pictures don't give credit to the voracity of those waves. It was almost scary; I couldn't help but wonder how that little pocket of anemones on Joe's Head, survive the force of that surf. There were sea birds bobbing on the high seas, occasionally diving, but not taking flight in the strong wind. Those of you who bob on blowed up rafts and snorkle in calm seas must wonder what I am talking about. The transformation is spectacular. I wonder if you know where this picture was taken? What you should bare in mind is that these conditions uncover rocks you aren't used to seeing. Notice the mounds of foam that every now and then pick up and fly through the air. When you walk through that frothy stuff, it sticks to your shoes.

The other consequence of these high winds and waves are the alteration of the sandy beaches from erosion. The waves had reached the dune grasses and undermined their roots. Equally problematic were washouts due to heavy rain that flows out to sea creating channels. Many camp sites and pathways were flooded. I tarried, as it was getting dark, and had a hard time finding a dry passage over beaches and back on Dune Way.
The gulls have had one bonus from the high seas. I see where they have been dining on Surf Clams that must have been sucked out of the sand by the surf. I once saw a gull pick up one of those large, hard shelled clams and drop it from on high. It broke on the firm sand while the bird picked away at the insides. I found two lobster traps tossed up on the beach, buoys and all. Unfortunately, there were no animals
inside for me to release.

Last week I showed the fall foliage of the rock growing 3 Toothed Cinquefoil. Here is a spring reminder of what that plant's flowers look like. I am quite sure these plants were sprayed by the surf at high tide this week. They grow in cracks where they have a good view of the changing surf. They must be hardy plants. Are you puzzled by their name? Each leaf ends in 3 teeth, which is hard to detect in the picture. You Frenchmen will recognize the word for five in your language - cinque. Foil is another word for petals, and you'll notice there are five of them. The plant's scientific name is Potentilla tridentata.

This will be my last November entry. December is on our doorstep. Can you believe it? I better get back to my wreathe making. 11/25/05 Thankful Ronnie