Mother Nature presents beachgoers with a gift

Sawyer's Beach is the site of remnant from April storm

Margaret Carroll

Photo by Judy Palm

People stop on their beach walks to stare at the tremendous tree trunk
thought to have been thrown onto Sawyer’s Beach last April. We hear
snippets of conversations, mostly in the form of questions:

How long do you think it was tossed around in the ocean?
Where did it come from?
Which way does the current come: north, south east, west?
What kind of a tree is it?
The outer bark is almost completely gone. How long would it take to
turn to that beautiful silver/gray color?
Do you think it will be gone by next summer?
Will a powerful storm lift it up?

As summer winds down, we enjoy this unusual gift and marvel at its
primitive beauty.

Even the Seacoast Science Center is excited about this piece of driftwood. According to a source there it is "rare to see a piece this big".

Photo by Judy Palm

Meanwhile, just south of Locke's Neck(below) creative beachgoers have built this pop-art form using storm remnants and items left on the beach.

Photo by Judy Palm

Another treat for the stroller can be found on Jenness Beach. Joe Milardo and his 15 year old son Luke built this colorful stand-up piece last June. They call it "The Structure". What we see now is not the first structure erected on the beach. At least two previous ones were washed out in winter storms.

Built for fun, Joe and Luke intended to keep it "bare bones," decorated to be natural and nautical. They planned to use shells, driftwood and rope from lobster traps. To some extent this happened. But the structure has grown like an overloaded Christmas tree. Toys, surfboard fins, plastic items and other junk prompted one lady to ask if the structure was a lost and found stand.

Joe and Luke have removed some of the least appropriate aricles. Now, like the rest of us, they watch to see what will evolve as we enter fall and winter months. What else will be added or removed from The Structure? How long can it withstand the wind and winter storms?

September, 2007