Monday, June 8, 2009

more bridgewalk

Another walk to the west 'spoil' island beneath the Ernest F. Lyons Bridge today -- a rounded piece of grommet-type heavy-metal lay in the crosswalk at the intersection of A1A/SE Ocean Boulevard and Harbour Point Road in Sewall's Point, such that drivers speeding around the corner toward the Evans Crary Sr. bridge saw a heavy-metal reminder on asphalt first, then in hand. I always toss the roadway 'nuts and bolts' type debris into the grass.

Broken mostly-clear glass from a shattered bottle littered the walkway leading to the west spoil island. However, the handrail barrier has been repaired such that nothing seems to have ever been damaged. An average-sized crab lay smashed/dead in the roadway westbound lane leading from the Lyons bridge, easily scraped up and place beneath one of a number of roadside transplanted trees supported with cords-'n'-stakes. A light-blue semi-transparent disposable lighter also lay in the roadway leading onto the smaller island, empty with rusting ignition parts.

Hermit crabs had been lured onto island shorelines; a small green FL-grown avocado lay on the southern shore together with a standard-size coconut yet holding some interior liquid. The hermit crabs gravitated toward wood and other discarded/empty shells. predominantly favoring whelk shells but also seen within 'moon' shells. Two small hermit crabs co-habited within the space between two halves of an empty oyster (bivalve) shell as extra protection. The pre-existing coloration of the univalve hermit crab 'homes' was mostly obscured with a layer of light-brown silt and live algae; some lay in the open air along the shoreline, while others lay in an inch or two of water, none more than three inches long.

Sand fleas were abundant today, as were small true crabs scuttling from rock to rock and beneath debris. (The orange shirt is still there, higher along the shoreline in the sand.) Pelicans and terns, as a sort of teamwork, splashed into and out from the water as small fish coursed toward the shoreline and jumped above the surface of the Indian River Lagoon. The terns, much smaller than the pelicans, appeared to rely upon the latter as a potential rescue buddy, while the sack-like maw of the pelicans' beak was justified as more than an overgrown food receptacle.

A brown wooden stake remained securely driven into the sand, as a reminder of more serious captures possible.

While leaving the island, retracing steps to the condo complex, a lizard-like snake (small, about six inches long) lay in the roadway curb-zone at the merge-point onto A1A moving westward -- the demeanor of a lizard yet legless, brown yet with colorful spot-like rings both white and red as if stenciled onto the skin.

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