Lagoon Living

Having a bedroom overlooking the lagoon means never waking to the same view twice. On a windy, cloudy day the water is choppy and grey, sunny and clear means azure, and a rosy sunset turns the water bright pink.

When the lagoon mouth is open to the sea the water is flushed twice a day and is pristine – at turns blue, cold and salty and then brown, warm and brackish. When the mouth is closed, like now, the water gets grungy and murky, but the abundance of wading birds makes up for it.

The tidal emptying of an open lagoon mouth results in large, flat, crab-covered sand banks – ideal playgrounds for children and walkers. Closed to the sea, and we have a mass of water that rises and rises until the banks burst again.

The sign below reminds me every day of the vagaries of coastal water – last year this was put up to keep canines from chasing breeding birds on the banks. Now, the only doggie about would be one paddling.


3 Responses to “Lagoon Living”

  1. 1 shoreacres September 28, 2010 at 3:57 am

    What opens and closes the lagoon? It must be a natural process, yes? Tidal flow? A build up of silt? I’m not sure we have any lagoons around here – I’m going to have to r*e*s*e*a*r*c*h!

    We don’t really even have tidal pools, because of the slope of the shore and the fact that it’s one long, featureless beach. There’s not even much good shelling except where the rivers meet the sea and a few places where very low tides in winter expose sandbars that usually are covered.

    I think our Atlantic shores must be more like yours – but I’ve never seen them!

  2. 2 Jeannine September 30, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Hi shore! A build up of sand at the narrow mouth opening closes the lagoon. Heavy rains, causing the rivers to pour into the lagoon open it up again.
    Actually, it’s quite an event when the mouth opens here. Locals crowd around to watch and people catch huge fish with buckets as they’re caught up in the initial shallow outflow.

  3. 3 shoreacres October 3, 2010 at 4:47 am

    I did go looking and discovered that the scientists refer to lagoons all along the Texas coast – they’re caught between the mainland and the barrier islands. I suspect they seem less like lagoons to us because of the nearly constant flushing.

    Anyway, very interesting. There did used to be a catfish farm just down the road from me that was called the Blue Lagoon, but that was something quite different. 😉

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