Snowy White Egrets – This Morning’s Mini Post

A few quick images from this morning on Barnegat Bay, New Jersey

6:31 AM, muted sunshine. “Here I come. Fishies, look out!!!”

Thirty seconds later…”Walking along, my merry way… Doo de doo!”
 

6:54 AM, clouds over sun. “This is my ‘stalking’ pose…reeaddy to POUNCE!!!”

 Five seconds later… “Yahheeiahhh!” 
 

As usual, thanks for viewing, Comments are demanded…sorry, I mean always welcomed. Click on images for closer view. M 🙂

 

 

“Got It!” Plane Silhouetted Over Moon

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August 26, 2015, 8:15 PM from the Jersey Shore

It was only a matter of time, good weather, and patience, I knew it was going to happen. It was right on line. And when I clicked that shutter, I knew I had it! It was hard to contain my excited exclamation…”GOT IT” Job done!

Click on for closer look.

Thanks for viewing,  As usual, comments are always welcome. M:-)

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Summertime at the Jersey Shore: TICES SHOAL – boater’s playground

Short on time? Just view the images, and click for increased resolution.

The satellite image below covers about 4 miles (6.4 km) across, showing the community of Sunrise Beach on Barnegat Bay and Island Beach State Park, a pristine  part of  barrier peninsula separating the bay from the Atlantic Ocean at the right.

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On a typical summers morning, boats from miles around cruise to Tices Shoal on the New Jersey coast. The US Inter-Coastal Waterway  is indicated by the North-South boat traffic on the left.
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In this closer rendering, about 35 boats can be seen gathered in this desirably sandy shoal inside the beaches.

On a good day, the numbers can reach several hundred boats, jockeying for space and visibility;  for sun seeking celebratory fun; for relaxing, drinks, food, swimming, and just being there.

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A small dock and access-way leads to the ocean,  (right, ) less than 1/4 mile away.

Below are photos and captions from Tices Shoal, followed by the treasure that is, on the ocean side…

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Many arrive early to get favored “spots” near the access path, or sandy shoals.
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All sorts of boats, kayaks, PWC’s, inflatable toys – pets, families, revelers… join the bay-side community.
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Frequently, raft-ups grow to dozens of watercraft.
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And there’s the ever-popular ice cream, cheeseburger and hot dog boats.
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Some cook and serve imaginative creations – food and drinks  – on board; others set-up their grills and cold ice chests right in the water.
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Go-Fast boats come and go with unmistakable thundering power-plants, while awesome sailboats glide in silently.
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Several times a season, local radio stations add live music and give-aways to the party.
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Cloudy days are no exception,. As long as the seas are reasonably calm, they come.
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But it’s the bright sunny days that really beckon, and that short walk across the dunes to the ocean… promises some of the best beaches on the East Coast.
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The sand is fine and soft on the feet; the natural fauna, birds and other wildlife, enjoy a protected and balanced habitat.
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For those who love the treasures of the beach, and the allure of the sea without massive crowds, Tices Shoal provides the key to the gateway.
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And as a rarity in New Jersey, our favorite pets are welcome, as this image of Jeanne and Sandy Paws the dog will attest.
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We all try to be environmentally conscious, and there is no better way to practice this than during and after a day at this very special place. (That’s a kite hanging on the line!…)
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At the end of a beautiful summer day down the shore….
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…a sailor, perhaps here overnight, bids farewell to the setting sun.

 

 As usual, comments are always welcome, and…thanks for viewing! 🙂

More information can be found at the official Tices Shoal website.