Below: I've found a way to at least make a little peace with surfers hating the upcoming replenishment. I've already cleared this with Great Lakes Dredging -- for right after lifeguards go off duty.
Sunday, March 22, 2015: While my arms are too short to slap winter on the back of the head as a good-bye, I did get a bit of revenge on the first day of spring.
I was out-and-about in the outback when I heard my season’s first call of a wood frog, the earliest amphibian to wrest free of winter’s unkind squeeze. The wood frog often sings in the daylight, half knowing it might freeze to the bone come nighttime -- which would be the case in this case. Not to worry, wood frogs can survive just such ice-overs.
Wanting to get a photo of this early-outer, I homed in on its call. The problem was the long pauses between croaks. I needed to stop in my tracks when the calls abated. At one stoppage point, I plopped down next to a holly tree. Sitting there awaiting another call, I glanced over to see a tiny but patch of snow tucked nearby, arrogantly poised on a shaded piece of ground. While holding its own against 50-degree air temps, it was obviously sweating it out, beads of water on its forehead.
Looking at the snow, I was overcome with this odd payback urge.
I pushed back the branches shading the snow. An avalanche of sunlight crashed down on this over-lingering symbol of our ice-fanged winter.
I likely over-enjoyed seeing the snow try to hide its face from the sunlight, all vampire-like.
Oh, don’t go getting all emotionally charged over my brutalizing of the little patch of snow that couldn’t. The frickin’ thing is inanimate. Therefore, when I swear I could hear little snow screams issuing forth from the suffering snow, it’s purely imaginary – even when the screams got louder, as I took a stick and spread the snow all over the place. And that was definitely my voice tritely crying, “I’m melting.”
All I was doing was offering a hard-earned sayonara to the snow. Besides, it was a mercy melting with 60-degree days arriving later this week.
I actually didn't wait around to see the sun polish off the last snow crystals. The frog sounded off so I jumped up to follow the call. By then I was looking ahead. The frog days of spring will be in full voice very soon. Of course, I like to think I did my own small part in speeding things along.
MARCH 22, 2015
DOWN THE SHORE
Gallery: Toilet tank among objects volunteers found during Holgate beach sweep
New Jersey Beach Buggy Association members conducted a beach sweep in Long Beach Island's Holgate unit Saturday. (Photo: Jason DeCarlo/NJBBA)
The members of the New Jersey Beach Buggy Association, a statewide organization dedicated to the preservation of beach resources, spent the day scouring the beach to remove debris in advance of the upcoming beach season.
They removed a variety of objects, ranging from the ubiquitous plastic products to the most unusual.
"We filled a 40-yard dumpster with a wide array of debris," said NJBBA's Timothy Burden, who added that attendance was lighter than usual due to Friday's snowstorm.
According to Burden, volunteers found dock planks and partial pilings, kids beach toys, cigarette butts, full pilings, dock and boat lines, plastic bottles/cups/caps/straws/tiparillo tips, commercial fishing net parts, beach chairs, wooden posts of all sizes, foam dock pieces, a toilet tank, various sizes of plywood, wooden kitchen cabinet, sunglasses, sneakers, flip flops, and more.
It's just one of the many events on the busy NJBBA calendar.
Since 1954, NJBBA has fought to preserve beach access for all users, building protective fences, planting dune grass, and also working with community leaders and other organizations to advance its mission.
I met a couple of guys that thought they could fish a stocked pond today and I really can't blame them for at least a little confusion. The bolded words in the first statement read "...public fishing is allowed, at this location."
Instead, the first few bolded words should read something like: "No Fishing until April 4, 2015." While their at it, they might consider posting signs in Spanish too.
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