Heading to the boardwalk at the Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center, Jones Beach State Park, NY
Onto the boardwalk
On the boardwalk - this is just a nice little loop out into the dunes, perfect for people who might have a hard time getting around on the sand. We saw some sort of raptor off in the distance, fairly good sized, not sure if it was a hawk or an eagle.
The dunes and the sea beyond. Way too rough for kayaks!
Jones Beach Tower and Nikon Theatre, waaaay off in the distance.
Whale vertebra at the Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center.
Hitting the trail
When a body meets a body, comin' through the -- phragmites?
Is that a puddle or a pond?
A Hardy Crew (Fran once again photographer)
Hardy Crew 2
In the dunes
Out to the beach
Enormous clamshells, somebody had a feast!
As I said, a bit rough for kayaking!
Looking down the beach
Sand formation behind a clamshell
Heading down the beach
The wind was so strong it would pick up bits of the foam left behind by the waves and send them rolling over the sand until they disappeared
A bit of a confab (we had a few of those)
All sorts of shells
Shells and surf
Sand ripples with driftwood
Sand ripples with driftwood II
At this point some people were getting too cold in the wind so we started looking for a chance to cut inland
"Follow me!" says Michael
Geese and gulls in a marshy spot.
sand and sky scape (with puddle, or is it a pond)
Coming over the dunes again
Margaret discovers that the shore of that puddle/pond is very unstable
sand/sky/pond or puddle scape II
Arrival at the point
A few last people testing the edges of the collapsing pond (no, nobody actually went in).
Me taking a picture of Frank who just took a picture of me. This was a VERY well documented hike!
Pausing for a group shot by the inlet (I didn't take that one).
Geese over the waves - freighters on the horizon
Jones Beach Inlet. Point Lookout across the way.
Nun #6, Point Lookout, and a wind turbine
Brants getting splashed.
Brants take a wave.
Heading on around to the north side of the point.
Looking back at the point & the Atlantic
A very photogenic spot (same picture as Frank was just taking 2 pictures ago)
Channel markers in the inlet
More patterns in the sand.
better catch up with the group!
Lone fishing boat out in the breeze
Loon in the inlet
Loop Parkway, connecting Point Lookout and the Meadowbrook Parkway. Plus a seal-shaped seagull and a seal-shaped whitecap. This is where we'd really start expecting to see seals, and when you're looking hard for seals, everything becomes seal-shaped - rocks, pilings, waves, ducks, crab pot buoys, they all look like seals.
Another loon having a good flap!
Pretty good loon shot - best of probably 20 photos, there were a lot of loons and they all have a way of diving right when you point the camera, but here, he'd just come up for air. You can actually enlarge this one for a better view.
Leaving the beach
All settled down for a long winter's nap
Back at the club - end of a very nice day!