Top to bottom, left to right:
Row 1: Foliose lichen (possibly Tuckermannopsis sp.), sea glass, Rockweed (Ascophyllum nodosum), Common Periwinkle (Littorina littorea), broken bottle neck (not sea glass)
Row 2: Common Periwinkles, Paper Birch bark (Betula papyrifera), slightly weathered bit of broken glass, periwinkle
Row 3: Common Periwinkles, broken glass, acorn (Quercus sp.), tampon applicator, Blue Mussel (Mytilus edulis)
Row 4: Common Periwinkles, bird leg bone, periwinkles
Row 5: Rockweed
Row 6: Common Periwinkle, Soft-shell Clam (Mya arenaria), periwinkles
The Asticou Stream Trail starts just across Peabody Drive from the Azalea Garden and winds down to the harbor through a little stream valley. It’s not a long trail – I think if you walked straight through you’d reach the shore in 10 minutes. I, of course, rarely manage to walk straight through anywhere. I poke fungi with sticks to see if they are solid or spongy, I look hard at footprints and scat to see what creatures have passed before me, and of course, I take photographs of everything. Since it was January, that meant lots of photos of frozen waterfalls and icicles. When I finally reached the shore, it was dead low tide and the mudflats were glinting in all their icy glory.
There are definite challenges to winter beachcombing – things are frozen to the ground, but the mud flats are still semi-liquid, like a Slurpee - so you sink deep.. You have to pull your gloves off to pull things out of the icy water or mud, dry your fingers as fast as possible on the inside of your pocket, and get the gloves back on before the cold soaks too deep into your bones. Of course there are rewards, too. Ice formations you’ll only see on an outgoing tide as the temperature nears zero. The undivided attention of every herring gull in the cove. And solitude – in January, the shore belongs to you.
- ©2018 Jennifer Steen Booher
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Foliose lichen, Tuckermannopsis, sea glass, Rockweed, Ascophyllum nodosum, Common Periwinkle, Littorina littorea, bottle neck, Periwinkles, Paper Birch, bark, Betula papyrifera, periwinkle, broken glass, acorn, Quercus, tampon applicator, Blue Mussel, Mytilus edulis, bird leg bone, Knotted Wrack, Soft-shell Clam, Mya arenaria, bone, leg bone, bird bone, wrack, flotsam, debris, jetsam, marine litter, marine debris, pollution, garbage, marine biology, natural history, Maine, Mount Desert Island, Acadia National Park, Northeast Harbor
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