The school run, taking our daughter to catch the high school bus, means we drive twice day along the side of Calgary Bay to the beach, and back. It doesn’t take long, and it is a beautiful drive.
This morning the sun was sharp and the air fresh, so I grabbed the dog and some time to walk her on the beach. I was the first human on Calgary beach this morning judging by the footprints I saw in the sand, which belonged to birds and snails rather than humans! I took lots of photographs of their tracks and stories – there are more of them here.
The storms over the weekend meant that the waterline was littered with jellyfish who had not survived the rough seas – someone explained it was the sudden cold water which kills them – I don’t know how true that is.
Sometimes in the winter the beach is strewn with lines of kelp that have been torn from their sandy sea gardens beneath the surface, and scattered across the beach. It makes great compost so a good deep pile of kelp is quite often wheelbarrowed onto our trailer and once it is well rotted we use in the vegetable garden.
Today the seaweed was more vibrant in colour – this sea lettuce looking good enough to eat!