This gorgeous sight -- an oil-free beach despite wind from southwest -- is what made it seem so appropriate. There was no harsh odor of oil in the air. The surf was up and life seemed normal for at least a while.
Nearing the point I noticed some new material resembling pom-poms had been staked in at the high tide level.
It all looked clean and oil free also.
That's not to say that there weren't oiled objects on the beach occasionally...
I came across single items such as this debris which had been well-coated at some point.
But this was the best sight of all...our first and only sea turtle nest of the season! It is a Kemp's ridley nest and hopefully we will see hatchlings sometime in August.
Let's just hope and pray our hatchlings will have an environment -- the Gulf of Mexico -- in which they can survive.