Being a work day, I like the dogs to get some exercise in the morning before they are cooped up in the trailer when I’m gone.  A morning high tide did not allow beach play so the dogs had to settle for a walk in the woods.  I repeated the walk I had made with Julie and Peter.  A simple half mile stroll from the Carl Washburn campground to the beach.  This time, walking by myself without the diversion of friendly talk I noticed how interesting the woods are.

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Ferns growing on the tree

The woods were dense at the sky yet open underneath.  The moss carpets the ground and trees, softens and hides any sharp edges.

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And then the vegetation along the trail abruptly changes to dense shrubs and short trees.  A unique beach ecosystem.  Plants crammed together.

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Plants stumbling over each other trying hard to win the competition for space.

 

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The most dainty plant growing on the ground

 

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Why can’t we go to the beach now?

We reach the beach.  With an incoming high tide, beach time will be delayed until this afternoon.

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