Crane Beach January 2022Nature

Winter photos

Every day is different in Ipswich.

Salt marsh ice formations
Argilla Rd. near the entrance to the Crane Estate, January 31, 2022
Skiing in dunes
Cross country skiing in the dunes at Castle Neck, January 31, 2022
Cross country skiing in the dunes at Castle Neck, January 31, 2022
Cross country skiing the Green Trail in the dunes at Castle Neck, January 31, 2022
snow in the dunes
The strong winds at Crane Beach during and after the January 29 storm blew the snow off the dunes.
Saturday, January 8, 2022 : skiing at Appleton Farms
The trails at Appleton Farms Grass Rides were groomed. The snow was perfect for just one day.

It was so cold on Saturday January 15 that we only went for a drive, but Sunday was a sunny and calm 20 degrees, perfect for long walks at Crane Beach and the Castle Neck Dunes.

View from Gould's Creek bridge, January 2022
View from Gould’s Creek bridge, January 2022
Gould's Creek, January 2022
Gould’s Creek, January 2022
Gould's Creek, January 2022
Gould’s Creek, January 2022
Frozen Fox Creek, January 2022
View of a frozen Fox Creek from Argilla Rd., January 2022
Dune trails Crane Beach
Photos below are from this hike
Thursday, January 6, 2022: a hike in the dunes at Castle Neck
Cladonia and Hudsonia beside the trails at Castle Neck.

Castle Neck River beach, January 2022
Castle Neck River beach, January 2022
Snowy owl at Crane Beach
Snowy owl in the dunes, January 2022
Castle Neck River, January 2022
Castle Neck River, January 2022
Crane Beach, with dune in the distance January 2022
Crane Beach, with dune in the distance January 2022
Far end of Crane Beach, January 2022
Far end of Crane Beach, January 2022
Sand formations after high tide, January 2022
Sand formations after high tide, January 2022
Crane Beach, January 2022
About half way back on Crane Beach, January 2022
Path from the blue trail to the beach
Path from the blue trail to the beach
Looking down at Crane Beach from the Castle Neck dunes, January 202
View of Crane Beach from the Castle Neck dunes, January 2022
Dune trail, January 2022
View from the dunes, January 2022
Frozen dripping water, Steep Hill Beach, December 2021
Dripping water freezing at Steep Hill Beach, December 2021
Crane Beach, January, 2005. Charles Wendell Townsend wrote, “Ice forma­tions on the beach and ocean are suggestive of the polar seas. During severe frosts an ice cliff forms at the upper edge of the beach, and this presents to the advancing tide a sea-wall from two to eight feet high. Against this the waves beat, and the spray flung up on the top freezes and adds to the height.”
An ice cave, January 2005, Crane Beach. Townsend wrote, “While the top is fairly smooth, except where it is eaten away by the waves that have broken through it, the sea façade is hollowed into caverns or built out in parapets and festooned here and there with icicles.”
Crane Beach January 2022 Winter photos - If you don't go outside, what's the point of winter?
Postcard of the sand dunes at Ipswich Beach The missing dunes at Castle Neck - The "Great Dune" at the end of Castle Neck has disappeared, the point is retreating, and the opening to Essex Bay between Castle Neck and Wingaersheek Beach has widened.
The Epes’ farm at Wigwam Hill - Symonds Epes bought a large tract in 1726 and built a substantial farm and orchards at Wigwam Hill, named for a group of destitute Indians who briefly camped there. The protecting pitch pines were later cut for lumber, and the farm became a large dune.
Couple strolling on Crane Beach Crane Beach, Easter weekend 2020 - The Crane Estate has been closed by the Trustees because of Covid-19, but Crane Beach, Steep Hill Beach and Castle Neck are open to residents of Ipswich with a Crane Beach sticker Friday - Sunday.
The Ipswich Dunes, photo by Sharon Scarlata Photos of the dunes late on a winter afternoon - See more photos by Sharon Scarlata. Related Posts
Trails in the dunes at Castle Neck in Ipswich The dunes at Castle Neck - Crane Beach and all of Castle Neck are protected by the Trustees of Reservations. Pitch pine and scrub oak rise from the masses of marsh grass, sage green hudsonia and dune lichen lining the trails that wind through the dunes.
Two dunes and Crane Beach 2018 photos from Crane Beach and Castle Neck - After weeks of rain and a record-breaking cold spell, this was a beautiful day for a hike at Castle Neck, returning along Crane Beach.
Appleton Farms "New House" Homes of the Appletons - Appleton Farms was gifted to the Trustees of Reservations by Francis and Joan Appleton in 1998. Originally granted to Ipswich settler Samuel Appleton, it is the oldest continuously operating farm in America. The farm continued in family ownership for seven generations, and the extended family built homes along Waldingfield Rd. and the nearby vicinity. 
Appleton Farms and Waldingfield Road - Owned by the Trustees of Reservations, Appleton Farms is America’s oldest working farm, with 12 miles of walking trails, a visitor center, and Community Supported Agriculture program.
Appleton Farms Old House 219 County Rd., Samuel Appleton “Old House” (1794) - Appleton Farms is one of the oldest continuously operating farms in the country, gifted to the Trustees of Reservations by Francis and Joan Appleton. It was originally granted to Ipswich settler Samuel Appleton. The farm continued in family ownership for seven generations. The property consists of forests, fields, […]

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