Shorelines are dynamic features, and sand spits are especially dynamic as a result of the stormy weather of a few days ago.
I went out earlier this week to explore the beaches of Rondeau to see what had changed. I was surprised by some aspects, but not by others.
This was a kinder and gentler day compared to a week ago.
This next photo shows what the southeast beach looked like in October, 2012, looking north. This image is featured in my 2015 Rondeau calendar. I found the obvious White Pine to be particularly attractive in this shoreline setting, and had photographed it on several occasions in different seasons.
The Dog Beach access showed considerable change as well, but in a different direction. This first image shows what it looked like about three years ago, shortly after the shoreline pond was formed. Such shoreline ponds do not form often, and when they do, they don't usually last long.
The wind and waves must have been quite something last week. I found the high water mark, as evidenced by lots of small debris, to be about 105 metres from the current shoreline!
This post, used to identify the presence of endangered Fowler's Toad habitat, had been uprooted and deposited almost 100 metres from the shoreline. At least one other post demarcating the boundary of the dog beach, had disappeared altogether. It undoubtedly will show up on someone else's beach.
With all of the new, fresh sand and gravel thrown up on the beach, it is a great time to look for the telltale signs of animals of the area. I came across these tracks, which were likely just a few hours old. Any guess what made them?
Note the drag mark.
Amongst some of the recently deposited debris, I noticed a Common Buckeye. I have seen more of these in the past week than I have seen all summer! They typically move northward late in the summer.
And more tracks were seen. This set is of a snake, species unknown, but from the size it is likely either a Northern Water Snake or an Eastern Fox Snake. One can see where its coils have pushed against the sand to propel itself forward.