We hadn’t been to a beach recently and decided it was past time for a walk in the sand. We opted for Cousins Shore on the north central coast, about a half hour from home. It was a sunny day with a pleasant breeze keeping the mosquitos at bay, perfect for a walk. The sky had enough cloud to be moody.
Cousins Pond empties into the Gulf of St. Lawrence along this shore
and a stream from the pond bisects the beach.
We kept Georgie, the golden grand-dog on lead since several other dogs were off lead and Georgie is always anxious to run and make new friends. She was interested in the lone seagull which periodically waded in the stream.
By late summer, small shorebirds love this place.
There is a sign warning of a strong undertow along this beach, so it’s not a place for swimming. The stream makes it a great area for kids to play however. Today the sea is rough with the advancing tide and its sound fills the air and the soul.
It looks wild and untamed as it crashes to the gentle shoreline.
The beach has small pieces of weathered driftwood and brown seaweed known as Fucus.
Huge sand dunes line this beach with Marram grass at their base and top.
The red sand beach stretches from deeper red sandstone cliffs east and west.
A few people walk the stretch of sand but this is not a beach frequented by many tourists.
Soon the cottagers will be here for the summer though and more people will walk here, but not today. For now, the setting, sights, sounds and company make a perfect location for a walk and a picnic.
Answers to question from a recent post:
Elephant’s Child at https://myjustsostory.blogspot.com/ asked if it was normal for the basin area where the geese collect to dry up so quickly. The same thing happens every year in this basin. After spring run-off, it holds water. Before long it dries up or is absorbed into the earth below. This year, water lasted longer in the basin due to the amount of rain we’ve had. After a few sunny days though, the area is dry again.