A few incidents occurred this week that have left me feeling remiss for not having posted a proper Reading in quite some time.
Incident One: I bumped into long-time Reader “Jamie”. During a brief chat, I apologized for not having posted the water temps lately. He replied, “Yeah… I recently told my family ‘I think we’ve lost Northside Jim to the birds!'”
Incident Two: I bumped into long-time Reader “Awesome Neighbor” on the way to take a swim, and she hollered “Look! It is the Northside Beach photographer actually going to the beach!”
Incident Three: Readings From The Northside recently had the distinct honor of being featured by WordPress.com as one of the Top 25 WordPress nature blogs. That was very kind. But what was odd was that some editor took the time to change the proper name and tagline of this blog from:
“Readings From The Northside: Beach, Ocean & Surf Reports from North Beach, Long Beach Island”
“Pictures From The North Beach: Beach, Ocean & Surf Reports and Nature Photography from North Beach, Long Beach Island”
They obviously appreciated the photography, but also apparently struggled with understanding where these photos came from, where this blog came from, and how we got from there to here, where we are today. I’m sure they scratched their heads even more furiously while visiting the “About My Readings” page, a page which gets very frequent, confused visits; a fact which amuses me to no end.
Incident Four: I was spotted by an anonymous long time reader who said to me “I understand why you take so many pictures of the birds. There is nothing going on at the beach anymore.”
Nothing going on at the beach? Incident Four was the extra lens that broke the photographer’s back. I resolved to return to the beach this morning, camera and coffee in hand, and take a proper, old-timey Reading, rendered in Black & White for nostalgic effect.
So let’s see what we got.
And the Water Temps? 71 degrees.