It was sunny. The sky was blue. The air was balmy when J and M pushed the stroller to the beach and I biked down to meet them.
And there were a lot more people there than on other days since we've been here.
There were clouds out on the horizon, yet Catalina was sharp and clear out across the water. There was a special golden light.
But clouds were moving in. And as I haven't gotten past the chapter on Cumulus clouds in the Cloudspotter's Guide, I may run into trouble here. The ones below surely are cumulus.
And maybe these here, moving in from the south. I'm not sure what the ones in the background are. But it's a good incentive to read my Guide more.
Soon the sky was like this. Skipping a few chapters ahead, I found a picture that looks similar and are called Altocumulus stratiformis translucidus. The last term means they let the sun shine through, which is what was happening, though my camera fought that.
Looking at another picture in the Guide, I'm guessing these (above) are altocumulus stratiformis (with out the translucidus.) The altocumulus are mid-level clouds - about 20,000 feet up.
Closer to earth, this electronic beachcomber was scanning the sand, presumably looking for metal objects. These guys have been around since I was a kid, going across the sand with the hopes of finding something metal and valuable someone lost in the sand.
It seems as good a hobby as any. You spend your time at the beach, you get exercise walking, and maybe you find something of value. Kind of like a fisherman, but with more exercise and you don't need a license.
From Treasure Enterprise:
HOW ARE ITEMS LOST?This Australian writer goes on to talk about how to use metal detectors to find treasures.
Let’s take a typical example of what happens at the beach.
Firstly, we find that many people just lie on their beach towel to sun bake - or whatever! – generally with their valuables. When they leave, the first thing they do is to give their towel a good shake, and everything from sand particles to jewellery, rings and coins generally fly off into outer space. The object hits the sand, buries itself quickly and can’t be found again in a hurry. When they realize that something is missing, they panic! … moving the sand around the place doesn’t help and of course the situation is worse than before.
Try this … throw a coin backwards into loose sand (don’t look) and see if you can find it again … I bet you don’t … and don’t even think of using a metal detector either – that’s cheating!
For those who like to swim and love to wear rings and jewellery at the same time is a recipe for disaster. Most people generally wear rings a little loose and the chances are that they will lose it. A simple scientific principle of expansion and contraction applies here – in this instance, cold water contracts the finger – the water and the surf acts as a lubricant – the ring falls off and settles down through the sand with its flat side acting as a cutting blade, going deeper and then it’s lost – simple as that! This can also apply to other jewellery items too and it happens every day.
As the clouds covered a larger area, the air temperature dropped and we decided it was time to go home. But there was still a beautiful light over the sand and water.