A brilliant morning drew us to the beach although the waves were roaring and we did not anticipate a swim! Huge swells associated with the Virgo Full Moon had washed into the lagoon, bringing renewed life from the sea. Scum and seaweed floats swirled together forming patterns that reformed over and over again with the wash from our barefoot walking.
Rushing waves had inscribed mysterious ciphers into the sand, telling the story of their overnight incursion, now overlaid with early morning appendices of small crab journeys.
Some formed petals, flowering earth deities made visible by the passage of the full moon.
Seaweeds were neatly arranged, this one like ready-to-wear jewellery, a perfect necklace in autumn colours.
Pumice stone was widely spread, still reaching our shores from an undersea eruption by the Havre Seamount in July 2013 in the Kermadac Islands, north of NZ. This eruption formed the largest pumice raft seen in the last fifty years, so we will be picking up pumice for years to come.
Huge swells rumbled noisily onto the shore, sunlight glistening in spray, colours shifting through blues and greens. I was not surfing today!
We found the usual kinds of debris to be carried home and put into the bin for the trip to the tip one day. Balloons, their clips and ribbons, bits of plastic, a bottle, and an unusual purple can, with some small hitchhikers. I wonder where it came from? Do you recognise the writing?
We crossed back over the lagoon on our way home through the forest, and stopped for a moment to watch seagulls and teal foraging in the newly replenished waters.
I hope you enjoyed the walk, you can uncover your ears now!