Out on the Jetty

I love autumn at the Jersey Shore. Yes, autumn! I’ve been neglecting the blog and am a little bit behind. Is it acceptable to still blame the holidays, even though it’s February? This was a beautiful November day at the beach. Compared to our most recent weather it seems darn near tropical.

Bird on the Jetty

Bird on the Jetty

Jetty Graffiti

Jetty Graffiti

Roxanne - You Don't Have to Put on The Red Light...

Roxanne – You Don’t Have to Put on The Red Light…

Jetty Beacon

Jetty Beacon

Birds

Birds

Beach

Beach

Beach Leaf

Beach Leaf

Not Your Average Sandcastle

A few weeks ago I took a trip ‘down the shore’ and came across the newly minted Guinness Book of World Records World’s Tallest Sandcastle at Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. At 38 feet, 2 inches, it’s just slightly taller than the sandcastle’s I used to make on this very beach. OK, OK – it’s about 37 feet taller than my best sandcastle effort.

Sandcastle

Sandcastle

Sandcastle Detail

Sandcastle

Sandcastle Door

Halloween Pumpkins

Halloween Pumpkins and The World's Tallest Sandcastle

Working on the Pumpking Sand Sculpture

Sand Gator

How Seagulls Are Like Humans – Part 2

After some unexpected delays, it’s time for Part 2 of How Seagulls Are Like Humans.

Just like humans, some seagulls are anti-social, some just want to be with that one special individual and some aren’t happy unless they are surrounded by a whole group.

The Loner

“I want to be alone.”

The Couple

“What do you say you and I get out of here? Just the 2 of us.”

The Gang

“The more the merrier. Who wouldn’t want to hang out with us? We are awesome!”

Seagulls also like to drink. Who doesn’t enjoy a refreshing cocktail?

The Drinker

“I’m going to belly up to the sand bar and have me an adult beverage.”

Then there are always the ones that can’t handle their booze and end up in a fight.

The Fighter

“Don’t make me cut you.”

Some could be featured in an episode of Hoarders.

The Hoarder

“I can’t get rid of this sea grass. I might need it some day. This isn’t junk!”

There’s at least one rule breaker in every group.

The Rulebreaker

“I had no idea I wasn’t allowed on the dunes.”

Random Pictures From The Shore

Some random pictures from this summer at the Jersey Shore. You’ll notice my Jersey Shore is very different from MTV’s version of the Jersey Shore. This is a Snooki and JWOW  free blog post.

On The Bay

An Afternoon at Barnegat Bay

Shadows on The Sand

Me & Mom – The Annual Shadow Self Portrait

B17 Super Fortress

B17 Super Fortress…You don’t see one of these fly overhead very often.

Seagulls at Sunset

This year two seagulls were kind enough to pose for my annual sunset photo.

How Seagulls Are Like Humans – Part 1

Seagulls are often considered the pests of the beach. However, after spending some time at the shore this summer I’ve realized they are very much like you and me.

They like to eat…a lot. They are omnivores and will eat just about anything. I bet they’d even eat a tin can if given the opportunity.  I noticed they are not big fans of sharing their food, just like some people I know.

Seagull Eating Sushi

“Mmmm, my favorite…sushi!”

Seagull Eating Orange Peel

“Oh, an orange peel. Why do humans throw this part away? It’s delish!”

Seagulls Not Sharing Food

“Get your own damn sushi!”

After a big meal they like to take a nap. There is nothing better than a nap on the beach.

Napping Seagull

“I’m so tired, you’d think I ate turkey.”

In order to keep in shape, seagulls like to exercise. In addition to flying they enjoy all types of exercise: yoga, swimming and dancing just to name a few.

Seagull Yoga

“Namaste”

Swimming Seagull

“I can swim AND fly. Can you fly Michael Phelps?”

Dancing Seagull

“I’m a dancing machine. Watch me get down.”

At the end of a long day they enjoy looking out across the ocean, reflecting upon they day they’ve had and dreaming about what adventures tomorrow will bring.

Thoughtful Seagull

“Food…check. Nap…check. Exercise…check. Maybe a little shopping tomorrow?”

Just like a child or favorite pet, as soon as you have a decent shot lined up, they turn their head. Damn them!

Seagull Turning Head

“Oh, were you trying to take a picture of ME? My bad.”