Posted on May 28, 2005.

We went to the beach today (as we are prone to do) and I saw something that I've never seen before. The tide was out, and the wind was blowing exactly parallel to the beach, blowing really hard (~25 MPH, if the weather forecast was accurate). It was blowing the sand along and over the groynes, but was swirling about. I didn't have a camera (and the sand would have scratched any lens it might have come into contact with to pieces) but it was beautiful. It looked like dry ice and was moving eerily slowly. It shimmered like the pattern on the bottom of a swimming pool on a sunny day.

This stretched along for four or so groynes and was all the more sensational because I'd never seen it before - and I go to the beach a lot. Every summer we go down at least once a week and we even go in the winter every few weeks just for kicks. Even the description I've given it doesn't really do it justice; it really blew me away.