Its that time of the year again. Crazy southwest winds are roaring across the island, blowing sand is entombing all that stands in its path, the skates and stingrays are breeding in the surf, dolphins are returning to hunt along our sandbars, and new born foals are starting to make their debut to this world. As of right now, we have 3 foals on the beach and this is the newest of the new batch.
Soon the horses will begin to make their way down to the edge of the sea in desperation to escape the ceaseless torment of biting flies. For now though, the horses remain unaffected by such parasites and therefore horses such as these are coming out only to feed upon the still brown stands of American beach grass and sea oats that grow along our dunes.
With some 12 miles of beach to patrol in search of horses, I came across this small harem feeding along what geologists refer to as the “storm face” at the base of the dunes. If you look at a line of sand dunes you will see that there is often a terraced like appearance to the base. The sand begins to rise up from the beach, but then plateaus out before rising again to form the primary dune. This plateau is the storm face. Sea oats, beach grass, and what often times seems to be the young ones favorite – sea rocket – all grows here. The sea rocket is actually in the mustard family and makes for a great addition to tomato sandwiches and fresh green salads as it adds a nice little kick.