Category: Beach

By the Sea

Tide Pool at Crane's Beach

Tide Pool at Crane's Beach

Brown's Island

Brown's Island at Doliber Cove. Not everyone calls it Brown's Island, but I do.

Juniper Cove in the Morning

Juniper Cove in the Morning

Looking at Baker's Island at Dawn

Looking at Baker's Island at Dawn

Plum Island on the Horizon

Plum Island on the Horizon

Bouillabaisse

Okay, let’s start with Bouillabasisse. You can get bouillabaisse in most restaurants in Southern France. It’s a lovely mix of sautéed vegetables then simmered in a tomato, brothy sauce. It’s often served as a side dish, yet not in a crepe or noodle.

Bouillabaisse Lane

Allee de la Bouillabaisse - AKA - Bouillabaisse Lane

But, I’m not really talking about Bouillabasisse the food. I’m talking about a place. First you have to get off the main coastal road, and go down a side road called, “Allee de la Bouillabasse.” That’s French for “Bouillabasses Lane.” That illustrates a key difference between French and English. French, by default, almost always uses more words to mention the same thing than in English.

Mimosas Lane

Not likely to get a glass of Mimosa here.

The other thing you have to remember when you translate from English to French or back again, is that English is a rough language. Always speak English with a rough grumbly tone, especially American English. When you speak French, be light and airy. Envision yourself as Audrey Hepburn when speaking French. In fact, I downloaded a French vocabulary app. I plugged it into my car sound system. The English word would be given in a very masculine tone “FISH,” while the speakers voice involuntarily turned feminine when giving the French translation, “Le Poisson.” Also, note that it takes one word to say “fish” in English, but two in French.” It’s just the way French is.

Sadly, you don’t go down Allee des Mimosas (3 words), which means Mimosas Lane (2 words). I was just very recently asked if they serve mimosas there at the Allee des Mimosas, and the answer is most likely not. A mimosa is, of course, orange juice with a champagne floater. When you see the sign, avoid the temptation, and look for a little dirt path on the left. That will bring you to Bouillabaisse Cove.

Bouillabaisse Cove

Bouillabaisse Cove

The cove is small. There may be beach goers there seeking and intimate, less crowded setting. I’m told there’s good snorkeling and plenty of fish.

Bouillabaisse Cove Mermaids

Complete with mermaids

There’s also a path that leads back to the big beach at the Baie de Cavalaire. Well, it’s not a complete path. You see that photo with the stairs way in the background? Well, somewhere from the vantage point of the photograph and those stairs, the path ends. You have to crawl over rocks and through some mild surf to get to those stairs where the trail resumes.

Steps

Get to the steps

Many of the following photo may remind you of the Caribbean. It’s not. It’s the Mediterranean, which is also difficult to spell. The water of both seas are not merely blue. Rather they are aqua marine, yet either tone of aqua marine is different.

Along the Path 1

Along the Path 2

Back to the beach at trail's end

Back to the beach at trail's end

In the Sands of Crane’s Beach

Flotsam

Flotsam

Small Shells Embedded in the Sand

The Remains of a Crab

The Remains of a Crab

Look up Look Around

Don't forget to look up and look around.

Juniper Cove

One of my favorite places in the world is right down the street from me. After a long hot Summer day at work, there’s not much better than taking a swim at Juniper Cove at high tide. It can be quiet and peaceful, or it can be full of neighbors. It’s always refreshing.

Rum Shark

The Rum Shark

One of the gems in the cove is a boat, the Rum Shark, owned by a local. My goal was to swim out to it, and take pictures at a low angle, hopefully catching some low angle sunlight for a golden or reddish effect. By getting low, the rich blue of the water takes over the image.

Pilot Fish

The Pilot Fish

The Rum Shark has a tender called the Pilot Fish.

Bill

Bill in the way

I also tried to get a photo of the opening of Juniper Cove to get a view of the horizon and Marblehead. My neighbor, Bill, kept getting in the way.

Worn Post

So I sneaked onto a private beach (well kinda private) the other day. When I saw these posts sticking out of the sand, I wanted to capture the texture. I liked the bright light and the sharp, morning shadows.

Worn Out Post

Mermaid

Might make a t-shirt out of this...

Mermaid Spotting

Mermaid Spotting

Mermaid

Mermaid

Beach Hut

Beach Hut

Sometimes you feel like you’ve got to get away from it all, to shack up somewhere where there’s only room for you and maybe a visitor from time to time.

Gin Fizz Update

Gin Fizz

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