Blogging from Black Point: Narragansett, RI

Black Point Trailhead is truly a hidden gem among the attractions dotting the Narragansett, RI shores. I stumbled upon this spot yesterday after one too many hours of sun and the desire to travel to whichever spot caught my interest. Grabbing sneakers and a sand-weathered baseball cap, I maneuvered my car through the winding roads until I reached the start of the trail.

I could spend hours describing the incredible landscape before me, but I hope these pictures speak for themselves! They serve as a reminder to slow down and appreciate the beauty existing in even the smallest of things.

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Pools of water reflected the cloudless sky overhead as groups of tourists paused for photos on the boulders. This picture was taken a few seconds before a colony of seagulls flew just a few feet over the pool.

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Though this image contains so-called “earthy hues,” its simplicity is perhaps the most striking feature. The weathered rock, reminiscent of desert-like stone, drew my attention because it was unlike the features I’ve come to associate with those of Rhode Island. The deep blues and greens we often connect with shoreline landscapes are nowhere to be found.

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Yet beneath the surface, one can see this environment is anything but colorless.

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Barnacles and snails dotted the red rocks, providing a beautiful contrast from the tens of thousands of black clams. This “valley” was actually a mere four feet of water.

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I spotted several crabs scurrying beneath in seconds. Though this picture shows their undersides, these little guys were very much alive.

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A gorgeous contrast from the others, the rocks became home to beach towels as spots were quickly claimed to watch the crashing waves. Black Point, a popular fishing area, is an excellent place to unwind and relax during a hot summer day.

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Another pool, this one closer still to the ocean, received some traffic in the afternoon as visitors stopped to take pictures or eat an early dinner on the rocks.

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The visit emphasized all the awe-inspiring forces—weathering, erosion, and so many others—making this beautiful place what it is today.  Black Point is one of those trails you cannot help but frequent over and over again.

 

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