|This was the -.01 low tide on Englewood Beach today about 10am|
I have always loved low tide. I even love the smell. (Just so we are on the same page - I am talking about low tide not red tide.) To me that first whiff of salty, muddy, sea-weedy air brings back memories of going cast-netting with my Dad & brothers on Dunedin Causeway. Low tide smells like my PawPaw who was a bridge tender on Clearwater Pass in the 60's & 70's.
Whenever I would return home from a road trip, I knew I was getting close as that salty smell blew through the car as I would cross over Tampa bay on the causeway.
|My Grandpa was the bridge tender on the old Sand Key Bridge on Clearwater Beach.|
Some women read gardening or fashion magazines - I read tide charts. It's the first thing I look at when I read the paper. I even have a tide chart app on my iPod. Couple that low tide with a full or new moon and BAM! Emeril! - we just took it up a notch.
What a sheller lives for are those -minus tides. Today was a -.01 which is good but I hit a -.05 back in August that was a shelling bonanza. It was a new moon also and an entire little cove was uncovered for my nieces and I to pick through.
|Tide so low Casey could walk across the inlet but watch out for Rays. She stepped on 2 that day but thankfully no stings.|
|This is a -.05 low tide with a new moon - only about 12 lows a year like this.|