A cactus? In New Jersey?!

This is a prickly pear cactus. Wikipedia says: “Prickly pears are also the only types of cactus natively found to grow in the eastern United States. Opuntia [the prickly pear genus] are the most cold-tolerant of the lowland cacti, extending into western and southern Canada.”

They’re not common around here–I only ever see them in Sandy Hook, which is a sandy windy salt-marshy kind of area. And half of the cacti that I see there look like half-rotten roadkill (yes, I’m sure they’re not ACTUALLY roadkill), so I can’t say that they exactly thrive in this area.



If you’ve ever been to the beach and wondered what those holes in the wet sand are, wonder no more:

they are the burrows of SAND CRABS.


Boardwalks and beaches have a zillion silly rules.

Asbury Park, shown above:
Welcome to Asbury Park boardwalk and beaches
For your safety and pleasure please follow these rules and regulations:


    Dogs or other animals
    Bicycle riding 12 noon-6 AM
    Alcohol permitted east of Ocean Ave.

Please swim only in designated areas when lifeguards are on duty

I love how alcohol is permitted WEST of Ocean Ave. In all fairness, east of Ocean Avenue pretty much is the beach.

Here are MORE Jersey Shore boardwalk “no” signs!
from 10AM-3AM
Ocean Grove, sign one:

NO bicycles on boardwalk

except 3AM-10AM

Neptune Twp Ord. 1120
Strictly enforced by Neptune Twp. Police

Because, y’know, I love to go out riding my bike at THREE IN THE MORNING.

from May through October
Ocean Grove, sign two:

No dogs permitted on beach or boardwalk
May 1-Oct. 1
Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association

Sea Girt beach sign
Sea Girt:
“[handwritten] No ball playing, frisbee, or kite flying
No dogs on boardwalk or beach
No bicycles surfboards, skateboards, or rollerskates on boardwalk
No consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages in public
No sleeping on beach from 5PM to 9AM
Bicycles permitted on boardwalk from 5AM to 10AM only
No one admitted to beach without a beach badge
No beach fires or picnic parties
No food allowed on beach
Bathing permitted in protected areas only

…No food allowed on beach?! A day at the beach with no food? Are they serious?

Now, all these signs are shown in the spirit of DAILY CITY PHOTO THEME DAY, which, for July, is “NO” signs! Click here to view thumbnails for all participants, or visit their pages:

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egg case

More common on Jersey beaches than conchs or scallops or periwinkles or coral: the skate egg case, sometimes called the “mermaid’s purse.”


The prodigal photoblogger returns…?

Special thanks to everyone who bothered to read and comment on my posts while I was gone. I felt loved when I came back. (If I were the type to gauge how loved I am by the number of comments left. Which I’m totally not. *cough* )

But this is someone enjoying a novel on the Ocean Grove beach. 🙂


A lifeboat. With teeth.

I know when I’m drowning, flailing my arms in the water and terrified for my life, that’s EXACTLY what I want to see coming my way–SHARP POINTY TEETH.

I am (still) in North Carolina for a few days, so I will A) be relying on “automatic posting,” and B) will be unavailable for comments.

meter & shadow

Here’s a parking meter by the edge of the Belmar boardwalk. (You need only pay for parking until 7:00PM.)

I am (still) in North Carolina for a few days, so I will A) be relying on “automatic posting,” and B) will be unavailable for comments.

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