Coca-Cola Brook

The North Shore of Martha’s Vineyard looks northwest to Vineyard Sound. It’s a beautiful shore, with eroding clayey cliffs, which disgorge rocks and boulders onto the shore. Here and there are coves with beaches of various sizes. One of the larger beaches is Lambert’s Cove, where a section of the beach is owned by the Town of West Tisbury. The sand is particularly fine, and particularly white. In the summer it’s a wonderful place for children, with modest waves and shallow water near shore. Off-season, it’s a wonderful place to walk.

I spent childhood summers in Lambert’s Cove, in an old camp, which perched about fifteen feet from the edge of a bluff, above the beach. The building was torn down about twenty years ago, but the memories remain. To visit them right now would be too long a digression.

Yesterday afternoon, a walk in Lambert’s Cove was the perfect digression.

That camp was just past the white flagpole in the picture below.

Look at the “step” in the beach, we thought that Superstorm Sandy had taken a bite out of the beach.

My friend Bob K (The Celebrated) corrected me about this mistaken notion. He wrote me, after this post was first published, that Sandy actually brought in a huge amount of fine sand. It was the Northeast Storm of a week later that ate the beach and left the shelf. Thanks, Bob for setting things straight.

A recent tide has left jellyfish stranded on the sand. Every two or three paces you see another one of these stranded creatures.

The clear, gelatinous bodies act as lenses, and catch light from the sun, which these days is winter-low in the afternoon southwest sky.

Their circular forms are in progressive stages of deterioration.

At the end of the Town beach, a brook enters the Sound. The brook’s official name, on maps, is Black Brook. Black Brook rises inland and meanders to the shore. Its color comes from swamps and bogs. Millions of leaves steep in the water, turning it a translucent light brown.

Generations of children have called this stream “Coca-Cola Brook”.

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One response to “Coca-Cola Brook

  1. Pretty. We get a lot of jellyfish that look quite similar in my hometown of Perth, Australia. You can see them washed up on the river-shore most days – though not the beach so much.

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