Never-ending summer at the end of the earth
This wall of rocks at the very end of Coney Island near Sea Gate is my favorite place on the beach and our walk takes us to this spot every week. Facing south and west, only the ocean, sand and a hint of Sandy Hook, New Jersey can be seen. Turn due west and the Verrazano Bridge peeks up behind the gated Sea Gate community. Turn completely around and look at the boardwalk, and well…then the reality of the neighborhood becomes apparent with high-rise apartments and nursing homes sharing beachfront with the Parachute Jump, the Pier, and the sunbathing crowds. Here, however, it is off-limits for swimming, so only the dedicated fishermen and the rock perchers like us take advantage of the solitude and the views. We sit for awhile and watch the gulls pick out their crab meals while we sidestep horseshoe crabs and jellyfish that wash up along the shoreline. Then it is time to turn back and walk in the water and pick up the F train at Surf Avenue. Depending on our energy and the strength of the surf, it is about a 40 minute walk in each direction—fueled by a Nathan’s hot dog, of course.
Watercolor and graphite
Arches cold press, 300 lb, 16″ x 21″