Outer Island

My grad class spent today on Outer Island, which is one of the Thimble Islands.  We did a whole bunch of data collection, but I also had a chance to take lots of pictures.

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Here’s the tide pool that my group monitored throughout the day.  It reminded me of an infinity pool.

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The tide was coming in while we were there.

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The Thimble Islands are granite, and are therefore more stable than many other islands in Long Island Sound.  This pink rock is known as Stony Creek Granite.

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Outer Island is about 5 acres, and is the only Thimble Island used for research by Connecticut State Universities and Yale.

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I couldn’t resist snapping a picture of this boat sailing by us.

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Here’s our tide pool again, from a different angle. 

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Although it was a busy day, we still had some time to relax and take in the scenery.  I love this class!

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8 Responses to Outer Island

  1. Jena

    What a beautiful sight, thanks for sharing!

  2. Only you would take a grad class that ends up having field trips! Lucky! looks like it was a nice day!

  3. I love field trips! What a fantastic class.

  4. Christiane

    Amazingly beautiful! Thanks for sharing these pictures.

  5. Who wouldn’t love that class?! Just look at the scenery; hoorah for place-based learning!

    I just LOVE the shot of the tidal pool. . . it does look like an infinity pool! Beautiful!

  6. Great pictures! I would love to visit there one day…is it open to the public?

    • I believe it’s the only one of the Thimbles that you’re actually allowed to land kayaks on. A lot of it is closed for nature preserve, and there’s a college kid that lives in the one run-down house there for the summer to make sure people follow the rules. Fish and Wildlife pays him… what a boring job!

      So, yes, if you have a kayak you can visit it, but otherwise you need to have an organized educational trip to go there. They also have an open house once a year.

  7. Colleen

    Such a beautiful place! I wish I could find a grad program similar to the one you are doing that is close by to me in Texas!

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