The sea was angry that day, my friends….
Actually, we’re at the Gulf of Mexico, which Charles calls “a big mud puddle.” That’s nuts, of course. He says it’s just an overgrown salt lake on a lot of oil, but I say it’s nothing to be trifled with. Here’s a shot of this morning’s surf:
What you can’t see from this iPhone pic is that there are about a dozen intrepid surfers out there doing a pretty great job of riding these waves, which are breaking about a quarter of a mile off shore by my estimation.
We were supposed to get thunderstorms last night, but there’s just the appearance of bad weather. I’m again on the deck, and it’s about 70 degrees this morning. There’s a pretty serious salt mist so I’ve actually got my laptop enshrouded in t-shirts to keep it free of sea spray; I’ve never seen this mentioned in the Mac documentation, but I’m pretty sure it’s a good idea.
A few pix from the last couple of days…
This part of the coast is famous for a few things: sea foul, migratory birds, and seashells. Here’s a snapshot of the shells collected within a 300 yard range in either direction from this house:
I know I’ve completed the collecting hobbies badge, but I can’t help taking these home with me and adding to the shells I gathered two years ago along this beach. Normally, you can see a line of them, dropped where high tide last appeared. But today, there’s no sign of shells, a consequence of the churning waters which are usually pretty still in my experience. And that probably explains why my shelling expedition early this morning was a bust. A local had pointed me to a beach north of here where she swore I’d find incredible shells — if I got there before anyone else.
So Freida and I went for it this morning. No shells to be found, we should’ve slept in, but Freida was drawn pretty quickly to this recently deceased gull:
… and this pelican…
Even in death they were beautiful. I sincerely mean that.
So I’ll try shell hunting again later in the week after this weather front has passed, but I did start to play around with sketching them yesterday. Here’s an example, with more to come in later posts:
Today’s weather clearly calls for indoor activities. Charles has come down with some recording equipment, and we’re going to flesh out some song ideas for the next CD.
Will post another update soon. Til then, Greetings from Surfside Beach, TX… Wish You Were Here.