Traffic along the boardwalks and pathways leading to and from the seashore is slow enough for caterpillar crossings these days.
It may be October, but the beach is still open to visitors despite the absence of tourists and high temperatures. Sparkling waters beckon beyond the sand dunes.
On such a quiet morning, it’s hard to imagine this beach covered with human flesh baking in the summer sun just a couple of months ago. The scene is peaceful and quiet, except for the roar of the waves.
The sand, sea and sky all work together to create a vista that’s refreshing and uplifting. The sea breezes still feel soothing on the face and the sand is still warm on the feet.
Waves continue to make their deliveries of Irish moss onto the shore. Also known as carrageenan, this sea moss is raked along some beaches in Nova Scotia. It’s used as a thickening agent in many foods, including coffee cream and ice cream.
Hot temperatures aren’t a prerequisite for children to enjoy playing in the sand. Their needs are simpler than ours. Wherever did we get the notion that beaches are only to be enjoyed in the summer time?