Introduction to the BeachAlert Files

I’ve been promising to archive my BeachAlert files for what seems like a very long time to me.  Now I’m finally getting around to it. About ten years ago, BeachAlert was an occasional ezine I’d publish on an irregular basis after my almost-daily walks on the beach. I’d heard about negative ions and how they …

BeachAlert File #15

Here’s the beach at sunset.  It deserves equal time.  The gulls are flying north.  One of these days I’m going to discover where they spend the night.  It must be some exclusive seagull resort. All the life forms are feverishly active, as if that would make the day live longer, especially after the red sun …

BeachAlert File #14

Just before the Crack of Dawn, the crescent moon is an exquisite jewel displayed on dark blue velvet.  Crescent moon?!!  Gasp!!!  That means there isn’t any cloud cover.  I start my trek to the pier while the night lights are still on. The seagulls are already out and about.  A small clique gathers around something …

BeachAlert File #13

The tide recedes, leaving a broad boulevard of beach behind.  The rising sun brightens the heavy cloud cover.  Cool, mellow breezes carry the welcome sound of waves as they break against the shore.  The water flows gently a long way across the flat terrain.  The foam is greenish-yellow today. I ponder this as I start …

BeachAlert File #12

Light flows through the Crack of Dawn and turns the sky from dark to medium blue as we make our way down to the beach today.  It glows gray through the misty marine layer of clouds as we arrive. Good morning, beach. The ocean is calm.  Flat and unresponsive, it must be still asleep.  A …