Tag Archives: Burying Hill Beach

Pic Of The Day #786

Early morning bounty, at Burying Hill Beach (Photo/Lucy Zeko)

Pic Of The Day #763

Burying Hill Beach inlet (Photo/Lucy Zeko)

The Art Of Golf Balls

Like many “06880” readers, Heather Heenehan was grossed out by a recent Pic of the Day. It showed dozens of golf balls floating in the water near Longshore’s Hendricks Point driving range.

They weren’t the only place the Greens Farms Academy teacher had seen them.

Last October, her Oceanography class found a golf ball during their monthly survey of the nearby Burying Hill Beach shoreline.

Curious, they picked it up.

Then they found more, nestled in the rocks. They picked them up too, to clean the beach.

The students realized they now had important evidence of marine debris. They continued the project in Heenehan’s Marine Biology class this spring.

The Marine Biology class at Burying Hill Beach, earlier this spring. (Photo/Heather Heenehan)

They learned that in the water, golf balls break down into small pieces of plastic that are unhealthy for marine organisms to digest.

In addition, they’re covered in toxic zinc.

But what to do with the 121 golf balls they’d collected — a small fraction of the amount in Long Island Sound? How could they draw attention to what they’d found?


They were inspired by Alex Weber, a California high school student who also noticed golf balls around her coast. She and a few friends collected 50,000 (!).

Heenehan’s students cut and painted their golf balls into a mural.

The bottom layer represents the land along the shoreline: green representing seaweed, brown and tan for rocks and sand.

The middle piece portrays the oceans, with various creatures scattered throughout.

The top piece is the sky and sunset.


The Greens Farms Academy mural.

(Hat tip: Dawn Henry)

Pic Of The Day #615

Seagull stands sentry at Burying Hill Beach (Photo/Amy Schneider)

Pics Of The Day #560

One view of Burying Hill Beach …

… and another (Photo/Kerry Liles)


Pics Of The Day #558

Today’s nor’easter caused havoc throughout Westport. This was the scene at Burying Hill Beach. (Photo/Nico Eisenberger)

The wind and full moon whipped the water all the way to the Compo Beach parking lot. (Photo/Ian Warburg)

Water rose nearly to the top of the Sherwood Mill Pond tidal gates. (Photo/Robin Tauck)

Today’s nor’easter damaged this 1915 Compo Cove house. It’s weathered many previous ones too. (Photo/Robin Tauck)

On the other side of the Mill Pond, waves lashed Old Mill Beach at Compo Cove. (Photo/Robin Tauck)

A flooded yard at Old Mill Beach … (Photo/Matt Murray)

… and, behind Old Mill, the garage for Compo Cove residents was under water. (Photo/Matt Murray)

A backyard on Stony Point Road. It’s behind the high wall near the train station eastbound parking lot, by the Saugatuck River. (Photo/Richard Jaffe)

Today’s storm brought the Chipper B — the abandoned vessel near Saugatuck Harbor Yacht Club — another 10 feet closer to shore. (Photo/Jennifer Seymour)

Pic Of The Day #553

Late afternoon at Burying Hill Beach (Photo/Nico Eisenberger)

Pic Of The Day #528

Fording the channel between Burying Hill Beach and Sherwood Island State Park (Photo/Lynn Untermeyer Miller)

Pics Of The Day #420

Scenes from a Burying Hill weekend:

(Photos/Nico Eisenberger)

Photo Challenge #170

Burying Hill Beach may or may not have been a burial ground for the Native Americans who lived here long ago, or the early settlers who displaced them.

It may also be Westport’s least-known beach — or finest gem.

But Burying Hill definitely was the subject of last week’s photo challenge. Larry Untermeyer captured it in all its often overlooked glory. Click here for his compelling photo.

Lawrence Zlatkin, Fred Cantor, Ralph Balducci, Stephanie Ehrman, Michael Calise, Barbara Sherburne, Wendy Cusick, Will Luedke, Jonathan McClure, Linda Amos, Diane Bosch, Jalna Jaeger, Seth Goltzer, Mary Jennings and Mary Ann Batsell all know Burying Hill — and all correctly identified Larry’s image.

And — as she often does — Wendy added important historical context (thanks to GreensFarms.org):

The generations came and went. The first colonial settlers were interred at “Burying Hill” on the Sound until 1725, when a new colonial burying ground was established (and still exists) west of Muddy Brook beside the Country (now Green’s Farms) Road. Little was left of the original cemetery when the Town of Westport took over Burying Hill for a town park and beach in 1893; and no evidence remains today of that spot’s “ancient history.”

For this week’s challenge, please identify the exact spot where Peter Barlow took his photo. Be as specific as possible when you click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Peter Barlow)