Driftwood Beach is a bit of a misnomer, in my opinion. I would call it Beach Invasion, as the sand encroaches on the trees, killing them and making homes for all manner of tiny shelled animals. Now the beach is gray and black! I don't really need any colors in my camera sensors today. Shooting in grayscale would have worked just fine.
Wind and water combined to push over the trees, exposing root structures in fascinating patterns silhouetted against the gray clouds.
Then we noticed lines of black on the water. Floating debris? No, it looks like huge groups of ducks!
Scaup! Scaup! Scaup! Greater and Lesser, I think. Anything else??? When I looked closely and magnified the photos I saw one Redhead and one Wigeon (I think), and one Cormorant flew over. We were able to confirm all these scaup for several people walking the beach, also wondering what in the world was floating on the water. My camera isn't really broken. See, it can take pictures of red berries, if we find any.
And we found a Bluebird at the beach, although why he wanted to come to such a barren spot is beyond me. The constantly blowing wind has shaped these trees and bushes outside our hotel. I don't think the hotel staff had a hand in it, at least. Do they make hedge trimmers this big?
Large Grackles greeted us as we checked in and walked the beach by our hotel. I'm not sure what this female was so upset about, but she does not appear to be a happy camper, does she? We are spending a few days on our own playing tourist, then will attend the National Association of Interpreters Region 3 conference later in the week. When I tell people I am a Certified Interpretive Guide, they often ask how many languages I speak. Well, it's not that sort of interpretation. More to come....