Walk on Bahia Honda Beach

Low tide was at 0925 today so we took a morning walk on the beach at Bahia Honda State Park. This was my first beach walk since the spider bite.  There were only a few scattered souls on the beach when we got there.

f Andy Walking Onto Beach

We followed a little flock of birds up the beach for a while before they decided to fly.

f Birds Walking Ahead of Us

This cloud moved in front of the sun.  There might have been a little rain falling from the right edge of it.

f Cloud

We went as far north/east as we could and turned around.  Here Andy is brushing the sand off a shell he found.

f Andy Found a Shell

I always take a picture of these palm trees leaning over the beach.

f Palm Tree on Beach

There were dozens and dozens of little crab holes along the beach.  Some times we would see one skittering into the hole up ahead of us.  Three times, though, the crab sat still and posed for me. The first one had brown eyes.

f Crab with Brown Eyes

The second one was brown with black eyes.

f Brown Crab

f Crab with Dark Eyes

This little flock of birds stood by the water as we passed.

f Birds on Shore

We came across a shoe sole with barnacles on it.  Andy said there was a guy buried upside down in the sand.

f Shoe Sole with Barnacles

There were still only a few people when we walked back past the parking area. We practically had the place to ourselves.

f Empty Beach

Another brave crab was standing its ground down at the southern/western end of the beach. That one was yellow and white with brown eyes.

f White and Yellow Crab

f White and Yellow Crab Front

After I took the two pictures, the crab skittered a couple yards and disappeared into its hole. This pelican was sitting by itself on a sandbar  in the cove at the south/west end of the beach.

f Pelican on Sandbar

A lot of sand has been washed out at that end of the beach. We turned around and headed back into a great breeze. In fact, there was so much wind today that we actually had a little bit of surf. I mean waves you can hear break.

f Grass Sand Water

This beach always has sponges washed ashore scattered on it. This one looked nice with the sun shining through it. It is common to see someone, usually a woman, carrying one to take home.  I have considered it on occasion, but always decide that they are too sandy and I could buy a clean one in Key West. I haven’t done that either. These are as big as a person’s head.

f Sun Through Sponge

At one spot, people have been turning them into heads and lining them up along the grass. This is half of them and there are more than twenty in this picture.

f Long Row of Sponge Heads

Here is a closer look.

f Row of Sponge Heads

And here are two that I especially liked.  I think this one is a deer

f Sponge Deer

and I just call this one “hair do”.

f Sponge Hair

This beach is usually almost pristine.  However, trash does drift in from the sea.  Today, there were plastic bottles, shoe soles and this earphone with barnacles on it. I’m sure the park employees or volunteers will be out there today picking it up.

f Earphone with Barnacles

A good number of beachgoers had arrived when we got back to the parking lot.  Two fathers were giving their kids rides on paddle boards.  It was right into the sun so I got a silhouette.

f Dad w Two Children on Board

2 thoughts on “Walk on Bahia Honda Beach

  1. Chrissy Royse April 13, 2015 / 8:12 pm

    Dinata, I loved reading about your “crabby” adventure on Bahia Honda!


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