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Schoolhouse Beach

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 9 November 2020 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Schoolhouse Beach is the perfect spot for people who don’t like getting sand in their bathing suits. Located on Wisconsin’s isolated Washington Island, and one of only five similar sandless beaches worldwide, the shore is named for a one-room wooden schoolhouse that used to exist nearby but which has since been replaced by a picnic table and barbecue area. The small rocks were glacier-polished over thousands of years and are each small geological treasures.

Most visitors come simply to swim in the clear water and sunbathe, but people often build cairns and other peculiar sculptures with the stones. When they aren’t trying to skip them along the surface of the water, that is.

We were on a tour of the island, so this photo was not taken as we recreationed on the beach. It was a 10- minute stop. We looked out of place fully clothed and masked. While it doesn't look like it from this PoV, the beach-goers attended in family groups and were separated by six feet or more.

Photo captured August 17, 2020.

NIKON D7000 1/125 second F/11.0 ISO 902 18 mm

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By Marie from Villages du Lac de Paladru, France

I see a lot of people and few people protected from the virus... but what a beautiful beach and colours!

9 Nov 2020 5:26am

Ginnie Hart from Netherlands

There's a beach on Catalina Island, Steven, where we visited sometimes 2 or 3 times a year when the kids were young, that you never knew if it would be like this, with only stones/small rocks, or nice sand. So I know what it feels like. Not easy to walk on. But what a beautiful scene!

9 Nov 2020 6:18am

lisl from Bath, United Kingdom

Perhaps it was a bit chilly that day? Not much swimming!

9 Nov 2020 7:19am

Claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

Voilà un lieu qui me plairait bien ...juste pour la baignade et les cairns ...sourires !
Bonne journée

9 Nov 2020 7:53am

Marjolein from Westvoorne, Netherlands

Very nice, beautiful and inviting overview
Yes, you do not suffer from sand, but it is hard !!

9 Nov 2020 8:08am

Existence Artistique from Angers, France


9 Nov 2020 8:40am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

nicely documented

9 Nov 2020 9:29am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Asuperb composition for this interesting place .

9 Nov 2020 1:01pm

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

Really good to see people enjoying themselves Steven. Great capture.

9 Nov 2020 2:17pm

Dreams come true from Utrecht, Netherlands

A beautiful place to be , but you need special shoes for the stones .
Gorgeous photo .

9 Nov 2020 2:39pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

What a lovely spot to relax.

9 Nov 2020 2:40pm

willy from Belgium

une plage qui me plairait bien Steven

mais dans une période sans virus

have a nice day

9 Nov 2020 3:16pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

i thought the capture date would be different.

a beautiful strand

9 Nov 2020 3:18pm

Maryse from bordeaux, France

Il faut penser à amener une serviette bien moelleuse pour ne pas trop se "mâcher" les fesses !!!
Le lieu est bien sympathique, ile me fait penser à certaines plages de la Martinique.
Bonne journée Steven

9 Nov 2020 3:30pm

Rose Swalls from United States

I would be skipping rocks...

9 Nov 2020 5:18pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

such beautiful composition & colors!
Lovely beach.

9 Nov 2020 7:57pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Tout le monde entassé sur la plage et sans masque, c'est incroyable !...
Belle composition et endroit paraissant très agréable.

9 Nov 2020 8:01pm

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

Looks for a good place in summerdays.

9 Nov 2020 8:46pm

Florence from Bretagne, France

Like a collage! Very nice and original picture!

9 Nov 2020 9:23pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

It looks like a very attractive beach and area. Too bad the old school house is gone.

9 Nov 2020 11:04pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

A very nicely composed shot.
The stones must get a little warm on a hot sunny day. Toast your buns?

9 Nov 2020 11:46pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Interesting scene of this sand-less beach. Nice to see people staying safe in family groups.

10 Nov 2020 12:24am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

I have "intruded" on scenes like this while carrying my camera from time to time. Yes, it can be awkward. That far north in Wisconsin, I'll bet this shot was taken months ago!

10 Nov 2020 1:21am

Elizabeth Buckalew from Flagstaff, United States

Isn't that wonderful! What a nice scene!

10 Nov 2020 1:36am

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

This is such a beautiful scene. I love how the trees seem to come right up to the water. It looks like a nice place to spend the day.

10 Nov 2020 2:44am

@Elaine Hancock: You're exactly right. Wait until tomorrow's photo.

Devi from Chennai, India

Beautiful beach...lovely image..but no masks ?

10 Nov 2020 3:49pm

CrashRyan from New Jersey/New York City area, United States

Cool beach!!!!

10 Nov 2020 11:14pm

jeanmadis from Chonburi, Thailand

Bien agréable cette plage, effectivement, ceux qui n'aiment pas le sable (ce n'est pas mon cas) apprécient le confort de ses petits galets et la clarté de son eau.

11 Nov 2020 2:28am

Remus from Portugal

All beaches are always pleasant, with sand or without sand.
And this one, with all this green surroundings, is very beautiful.

11 Nov 2020 3:47pm

The Yum List from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I wonder when I will be able to visit the beach again.

14 Nov 2020 9:25am