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The Smell of the Wind by artofcp on 25 May 2009 6:21pm
 
I'm a short distance traveller: 10 minutes door to sand from Crane Beach in Massachusetts. When I come in from my daily walk on the beach, I savor the smell of the wind, earth, and ocean that lingers on my things and my body. I may have only gone a few miles, but I've been more places than I can remember.
 
Re: The Smell of the Wind by mrsthing on 25 May 2009 8:21pm
 
I used to LOVE Crane's Beach when I lived in MA! I have my own beach here in CT, a long, gorgeous sandy beach in a state park 20 minutes from my house.

I love the smell of the ocean, and its many moods and colors. I feel like I'm with a friend whenever I'm by the sea.
 
Re: The Smell of the Wind by peripatetically on 25 May 2009 11:24pm
 
I've always loved the beach too, but don't live as close as you lucky folks. However, from as far back as when I was a toddler, my parents took several trips to Ocean City every summer. Sometimes we spent the day and sometimes as long as a week. As I grew into my teens, I spent even more time there with family, but also with friends. We used to spend 10 days there right before school started every September. When my brother became old enough and had a job, he bought a house there and he still owns it. We have opportunities to go there at any time now. Larry's sister's family had a house built right ON the beach, whereas my brother is 2 blocks away. Either way, we were all so fond of spending the entire day on the beach and in the surf. I even enjoy it during the winter. Any time of year is beautiful in its own way, and I'm sure you agree.
 
Re: The Smell of the Wind by artofcp on 26 May 2009 1:44am
 
Did you explore the dunes at Crane Beach, mrsthing? That's a whole world unto itself.
 
Re: The Smell of the Wind by bIG bLOGGER on 27 May 2009 5:40pm
 
artofcp: Cathleen,I think you're very lucky living so near to the beach. I've always loved the smells on beaches. Does Crane beach live up to its name,I mean do you see many cranes? (I don't mean the mechanical ones) I like that Hank Snow song :"I've been Everywhere (man)",--but I don't recall him mentioning Crane Beach,Massachussetts;
and Donald Fagen (ex-Steely Dan) did a great song I love titled : "On The Dunes".
 
Re: The Smell of the Wind by artofcp on 27 May 2009 9:17pm
 
bIG bLOGGER, I am indeed the luckiest person in the world, I think, to live here. I've never seen a crane, the guy who owned the estate was Richard Crane. He donated it to the Trustees of the Reservation which is a non-profit that buys up land to keep from development. Massachusetts began to give the film industry tax incentives to make movies in the state recently so there have been some recent films using the property. The only one I know is "Pink Panther II" with Steve Martin. I think there were about 8 film companies making movies in the past 2 years. So there probably were mechanical cranes at some point. Tons of huge trailers in the parking lot; it was like a small city.

If you're interested: http://castlehillfunctions.thetrustees.org/pages/815_history_of_castle_hill.cfm

I hadn't heard those songs before, but I went to iTunes and listened to 30 seconds of them. Hank Snow's is funny.

Just across the bay to the north is another barrier beach, Plum Island, which is mainly a federal refuge (Parker River Nat'l Wildlife Refuge). It's about 10 miles long. (Crane's is about 6 miles long.) Across the bay to the south is Cape Ann which includes Rockport and Gloucester.

So I have a huge crescent of land to roam.

As to the birds, it's piping plover nesting season so Plum Island's beach is off limits from April through July and into August. Crane's puts little wire cages around the plover's nests but doesn't close the beach. There are so many birds around here (and birders) that I couldn't begin to list them all. What we see most are egrets, herons, terns, swallows (they make their nests right in the dunes on the beach at Crane's), cormorants, swans, hawks of all kinds, eagles, osprey, and ducks. Lots of harbor seals who bob up just off shore and try to rest on the beach once in a while.

In about a week, the inside of the dunes will be in full bloom. The woolly hudsonia which is usually dull gray will be bright yellow with flowers.

It is paradise, but I dream of spending time in the north country of England and Scotland. I was only in England once and got as far as London, Wales, and Stratford-upon-Avon. A friend used to do the canal trips which sounded pretty interesting.

Cathleen
 
Re: The Smell of the Wind by peripatetically on 27 May 2009 11:30pm
 
BB, Donald Fagan was once on his own but Steeley Dan is back on tour and he's with them. I saw them a few years ago and they have performed nearby again since then, last summer in fact. The show I saw was their first year back together tour and it was totally awesome.
 
Re: The Smell of the Wind by peripatetically on 27 May 2009 11:33pm
 
Cathleen, have you taken part in the Great Backyard Bird Count? Judy and I did it last this past winter. Also, I think she's done it several times before. I'm looking forward to doing it again. Your location would be good to have represented. One needn't count birds just in the backyard, BTW.
 
Re: The Smell of the Wind by mrsthing on 28 May 2009 3:48am
 
This was my first year with GBBC. I usually count birds for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. I'm a bird nerd--I love getting the newsletters with all the stats about bird populations.

We have piping plovers here, too. And a tiny island that is the only nesting site in the state for Roseate Terns. The public is allowed to visit the island one day a year, but it's after nesting season. You have to know somebody to go there when the terns are there.

But we have plenty of birds to see, including two species of tern (Least and Common) which feed close to the shore, even when the beach is crowded.
 
Re: The Smell of the Wind by peripatetically on 28 May 2009 1:41pm
 
Oh, I thought you counted birds before.. Just it's a different organization. You have more experience than I do at participating in these things. it was fun and I expect to do it again.
 
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