Monday, June 23, 2008

Back In Black

How was everyone's weekend? I hope it was a good one. DH and I spent the day Saturday catching up on some much needed sleep. It was a pretty unproductive day although Stargazer did get some beads put on her dress :o)

Yesterday, DH and I went on a little adventure :o) Awhile ago, someone told me about a beach here in New Brunswick that has black sand. Not only was it black, but it was 'magnetic' as well! Apparently, this beach is one of a very few in 'the world' so we just had to check it out.

We packed a picnic lunch, left the critter kids at home and then headed towards Saint John. While driving on the new four lane highway, we almost had to come to a complete stop when a momma duck and her two ducklings decided to cross the road. Thankfully they made it across with no problems :o)

From a print out I had on Black Beach, we had its general location but without a GPS unit, we thought we would have to wing it. Little did we know but if you look on a map of New Brunswick, it does show the exact location of Black Beach . Apparently, DH and I were two of the few who had never heard of it. LOL!

It's a good thing there were a few 'small' signs though because the beach was tucked down a l-o-n-g bumpy dirt road. When we got there, we ate our picnic. The fog was really heavy and it was much cooler than when we left home. While we ate, we watched a seal out swimming in the cove :o)

When you visit a beach that has magnetic sand, you should, of course, have a magnet with you. It stands to reason right? Well...that's one thing we forgot :oS After a lot of thinking, I finally realized we did have a magnet with us ~ the breast cancer ribbon that I have stuck on the back of my car! LOL! Unfortunately, it wasn't very strong so we didn't get the effect that I was hoping for. This is what a black sand beach looks like -


Our print out states that "Black Sand in general is formed from the eroding of various deposits of igneous iron-rich minerals, which are generally heavier than normal sand. This weight enables it to remain in place when high-energy waves wash the lighter sand grains out into the surf zone."

"One of the primary minerals of Black Sand is Magnetite, a ferromagnetic mineral that is the most magnetic of all the naturally occurring minerals on Earth."


Before we left, I was able to get some fantastic pictures of some gorgeous Lupines -


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I also discovered a new, to me, wildflower called the Viper's Bugloss -



Pretty isn't it?

So, the next time we go back there, I'm going to be armed with a huge powerful magnet! Then we'll see what kind of results I get ;o) LOL!


Lori-Ann said...

OK, the boys and I agree, that's the coolest thing we've heard in a while. Now more than two people know about it! ;O)

Glad you had a great weekend... it was avery nice weather.

Shannon said...

omg ! I remember that beach ! lol That was my first lesson on ferromagnetic minerals :D Yes, I had very nerdy holidays as a child....

Karen said...

how cool is that .
great flower photos hope you feel very rested now

Iris said...

a magnetic beach ... cool ;-)
Nice pictures of the lupins

Kendra said...

We visited a black sand beach in Hawaii during our honeymoon. It was quite interesting to see the black instead of the normal white/tan beachfront. I don't remember the tour guide saying anything about it being magnetic, though...but that WAS 7 years ago, and I've done a lot since then. ;-)

I do remember him saying to take the sand at your own risk. Apparently that offends the island gods and they take it out on you until you return the sand to the beach. I think he said that he's had tourists mail him the sand they took so he can return it to the beach for them and end their "curse". Kinda cool...

Faith Ann said...

Cool lupine pics!

Jenn said...

What beautiful flowers! I don't think I've seen Lupines before.

stitcherw said...

Fun trip, and great pictures, the flowers were gorgeous.

Anonymous said...

We were not aware of this black sand beach before. So still can learn something new every day. It is a beautiful time of the year, when the lupines are in bloom, there are so many different colours of them now. Last year, orange ones showed up on the side of our road. That was the first time I ever saw that colour. Nice pictures as usual.