A Natural History
of Crystal Beach

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Thursday morning, September 17, 2009

Photo copyrighted by Angelo F. Coniglio 2009

 

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      Crystal Beach is a stretch of soft sand on the Canadian north shore of the eastern basin of Lake Erie, somewhat east of Point Abino.  The Point creates a sheltered cove that features the gently sloping shore and 'crystal' waters of the Beach.

     My first memories of 'Crystal' are as a third or fourth-grader who went to the nearby amusement park to spend the ride tickets he had earned with the grades on his grammar-school report card.  The tickets were good for access to the beach, as well, and there started a lifelong attraction to the wonders of sand and shore.  As a teen-ager summer was filled with weekend trips to the beach, which continued when the Coniglio family (Ange, Angie, Angelo and Angela) would pack up at 9 AM every Saturday, Sunday and holiday, to head to the park and especially the beach, to leave only when Danny Zack, the lifeguard, informed us that the beach was closing for the night.  In later years, we rented on the beach, in a lower flat in the cottage of Angie and Ange Giuliano, and finally, in 1983 bought a cottage on the 'Hill' just two doors away from the one we used to rent.

     We're now here from April through October, and this page is my effort to record the plants, animals and weather phenomena that make the place so special to us.  Many of the photos were taken by me, but in some cases, I've used internet photos to show a feature I haven't been able to capture myself.

                                                           . . . . to be continued . . . .   
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Generations:

Genesis

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2 3 4

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Gaetano & Rosina

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Guy

2
Len

3
Ray

4
Phil

5
Millie

6
Connie

7
Mary

8
Tony

9
Ange

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