I love a bit of wild play, especially at the beach.
My family moved from Auckland to Snells Beach when I was 11, and I spent many, many hours at this beach. Safe for littlees to swim anytime, shells, trees, sand.
The kids and I went for an early morning beach walk, after breakfast with mum. One of the characteristics of Snells Beach is how far the tide goes out, leaving tidal pools to explore and rocks to climb. That’s Kawau Island in the distance.
The beach has changed dramatically since I was a child, is was mostly sandy, with the occassional patch of eel grass – which the parore or the black snapper eat. Now the beach is almost covered by the weed. I used to help my poppa put out and empty the net of fish when I was little, stunning, gutting fish and cleaning the net. I know this beach well.
The population grows, run off from streets and houses increases, effecting the ecology of the bay. I even found a mangrove seed putting down roots, or at least attempting to.
Environmental changes aside, it was a great morning of exploration for Luna and Blake!
All the usual suspects.
Yes, this is a juvenile flounder, we followed it for a while. The tidal pools are full of small fish.
The last few visits to mums’ were during the school holidays, and I was astounded that whenever we went to the beach, which was at high tide everyday, and the occasional low tide walk, there were almost no children (or adults actually) to be seen. I wonder where the children are? Inside? In school holiday programs? Another reminder for me to get out doors, and get my kids out too, we all get on better with all that space and freedom for creative play.