Ecologically speaking, driftwood is an essential component of beach ecosystems. From the skeleton of an entire tree to a piece of driftwood the size of a pebble, each piece of driftwood provides a benefit to the beach ecosystem.
Driftwood provides stability to the sandy beach environment. With winds and waves, beaches are constantly shifting and experiencing natural disturbance. Like the edges you build around a garden, driftwood helps hold the sand in place and allows plants to take root.
A walk through the wooded area and out through the field. It was another hot day in August so we went for a walk above Rock Point Provincial Park‘s beach.
I will always love this walk, the plant life and those who call Rock Point home. I chase the butterflies and “wishes” (seeds) with my camera now but I still watch them with the wonder of a child.
My surprise this particular walk was the size of this meadow lady. I was well back and zooming in with my phone’s camera. She still seems too big for me!
For this week’s challenge, show us something that surprised you on “the road taken.” It could be a heritage building in your city or town as seen from a new-to-you angle, a yummy meal on a road trip detour, or the penny you found on a casual stroll. (I still love to find pennies — always a small thrill!) This challenge is wide open — show us the excitement, surprise, wonder, or amazement of your “road taken.”
One of our favourite summer activities is walking the beach at Rock Point Provincial Park to look for sea-glass, pretty rocks and fossils. It’s amazing to think these little stones are tiny imprints of life from millions of years ago. We’re standing were many people and creatures stood over millions of years. What did they see?
“What we do see depends mainly on what we look for. … In the same field the farmer will notice the crop, the geologists the fossils, botanists the flowers, artists the colouring, sportmen the cover for the game. Though we may all look at the same things, it does not all follow that we should see them.” ~ John Lubbock, The Beauties of Nature and the Wonders of the World We Live in
Exposed fossils of a coral reef dating back to over 350 million years embedded in limestone shelf along the beach.
I am very pleased with this photo (and the others taken that evening). This photo was ‘the one’ I wanted to take when we set out for our walk. I smile every time because the evening stroll with my family was beautiful but also I imagine what I must have looked like taking this photo. My knee was hurting so I was bent over like a giraffe and slightly twisted holding my phone taking this photo. 😉
This photo was taken on Lake Erie, from Rock Point Provincial Park, Ontario. Photos like this one; taken with my Samsung Galaxy S3, no special effects, just ‘auto’ photo setting…. these photos impress me because I remember when a phone’s camera was… well more of a toy.
There are other beautiful photos taken with phones (and other mobile devices ) kindly pop over to Lens and Pens by Sally to see them.
My mother is a big believer in being responsible for your own happiness. She always talked about finding joy in small moments and insisted that we stop and take in the beauty of an ordinary day. When I stop the car to make my kids really see a sunset, I hear my mother’s voice and smile. ~~Jennifer Garner