A Singing Beach

Postcard: CrazyasaCoolFox
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Imagine being told you were going to a beach called "Singing Beach." Sounds magical doesn't it? Well, you're not far off if you have magical thoughts about this place. As you can see by the old postcard it was a popular place by the beaching set in the early 1900's. People would take the trolley there from the hot cities of eastern Massachusetts to cool in the waters of the North Atlantic.

But why name it Singing Beach? Are there groups performing there at the gazebo you see in the postcard? Is it a merry place where choruses flock? Perhaps one breaks into song from the inspiration one receives as they gaze upon the ocean. Not really...

The sand here actually does the singing. As you walk, (barefooted brings much better results, and really who doesn't want to walk barefoot in the sand) your feet make a whooshing sound. It's more of a high pitch combined with a vibration you can feel through your feet. But it's an exhilarating feeling to create this sound as you push your feet through the sand. There are only a few places in the world where the sand is of a special shape and mineral type that makes for this phenomena and Singing Beach is one of them.

Photo: CrazyasaCoolFox
Many folks have asked me about the beach scene on this blog's "summer" banner. The scene is a photo I shot with a 35mm film camera I had back in 2006. It was one of the last photos I shot with this camera before switching over to digital. I was so impressed with the sights and sounds of Singing Beach I wanted to use it in a banner. Of course the fox is photoshop cut out pasted into the scene. He does not live at Singing Beach but I'm sure he wished he did.  I have used him in other banners. He actually lives on Mount Washington, New Hampshire.

Singing Beach is located in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts.


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