I teach at Lehigh University in eastern Pennsylvania. I work on British colonialism, modernism, postcolonial/global literature, and the digital humanities.
Wow! The first one is simply great! Is the water that clear?!
Vishnu,Thanks, and yes. But the water is very shallow there -- maybe two or three feet deep. The rocks might also be artificially placed near the pier by engineers to prevent erosion; I'm not sure. The water in Long Island Sound is generally not very clear, compared for instance with the Caribbean. One unique feature about it is that it is very calm -- almost no surf at all (a little like the great lakes in Michigan in that respect). It makes it a bit more comfortable for swimming than the full ocean. Still, because of the low visibility here, we are lucky when we spot something below the surface (though it does happen from time to time). (Maybe that is also a metaphor for life in general.)
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