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This year rain has been plentiful in our area, and plants everywhere have been responding gleefully. Last week I went to Barnegat Lighthouse State Park and was surprised to find more than half of the beach covered with vegetation. Here’s what it looked like.

Beach at Barnegat Lighthouse.

Various plants were thriving in the sand. In normal years they grew further inland, but this year you had to walk through them to get to the ocean.

Plants at Barnegat Lighthouse State Park.

Plants at Barnegat Lighthouse State Park.

Plant at Barnegat Lighthouse State Park.

While taking these photos, I heard wings flapping up in the sky. It was an Osprey carrying a freshly caught fish back to its nest.

Osprey carrying fish past Barnegat Lighthouse.