We’ve all heard it:  September’s the best month at the shore.  Weeellll,  yes and no.

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This morning’s forecast was for showers to be followed by steady rain.  We decided to get a beach walk in before the showers and although one’s tan wasn’t going to benefit, it proved to be an interesting, fun time.

We enjoyed watching a kite-surfer which is still on my bucket list.  I thought it would be a shoo-in for the competition category, “Stopped in Mid-air”, but he left the water too soon.  Here he is trying to put it away, a lot of work.

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There were others enjoying the no-rain morning, and the water, though rough, was comfortable.

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There were a couple of guards on duty (through 9/14) and I imagine they were grateful for something to guard.

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As Barbara remarked, there were almost as many birds as people.  One of these was screeching, “OK you people.  Go home!”

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There was also another old bird saying “Happy Season’s End.”

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I’m also happy to note that in early September my photo galleries had their 500,000th page view.   Where do they come from???

These galleries were started on Pbase.com in February 2005.  Today there are some 4,400 images stored of which about half are public, displayed in some 170 galleries.

The home page for the galleries is http://www.pbase.com/bergiesplace



  1. Jay Says:

    Thanks for all the terrific pictures and commentary Ralph! I particularly like the first one in this group!

    • Ralph Berglund Says:

      Thanks, Jay. We feel we didn’t see much of you this summer and that’s a loss. Anyway, have a good off-island time and we’ll see you next year.

      BTW, I also like that first image. A competition judge would declare it out because the horizon is centered. I, however, like the tension between the swirling surf and the cloud clumps.

    • Ken Klaus Says:

      Thank you, Ralph, for capturing the essence of another wonderful summer in Beach Haven. I agree with Jay’s comment about the first shot in this series – you caught the Great Atlantic in one of her artistic moods 😉 And, with much regret, I’m sorry we were only as ships passing this summer, so I will reach out to you for some time together without the distraction of the party crowd.

      Looking forward to what’s in store for Autumn!

  2. MikeP Says:

    Hey another season has ended and let’s be thankful not to have a hellacious hurricane!!!! Nicely put together and glad to see the not so ‘ol’ bird is still flying and shooting.
    Congrats on the # of views!!!!

  3. Marilyn Flagler Says:

    You realize how hard you’ve worked when you look at the numbers. Phil and I are grateful to you for all of it. Love the ocean and clouds in the first picture. We’d like to enjoy more of your art so please stay away from kite surfing.

    See you back at M.L.

  4. Stokes Carrign Says:

    Just got back from walking the dog on the beach. The October surf looks the same as September surf (Isn’t that surprising). The surf was up but nobody was surfing. I saw a distant figure down by the Holyoke jetty, otherwise the beach was blessedly empty. This is the best time of the year!
    As usual your pictures are magnificent.
    Thank you

    • Ralph Berglund Says:

      Nice to hear from you, Stokes, and I enjoyed your comment. You, too, should blog. Stories of your “outback” cattle ranch life would be interesting. Best to you and Diane until next summer.

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