Saturday, March 19, 2016

WALK ON THE BEACH

We went over to the beach to walk yesterday morning. There weren't a lot of people but there were some pretty shells like these:



And evidently a swarm of jelly fish had been caught by the tide because there were a lot of dead ones on the sand. We had to watch where we stepped. Here's one:



And of course, there was a car carrier in the distance. The tiny specks at the bottom are people walking on the beach at the edge of the water:



Our beach has changed considerably since we started coming here fifteen years ago.  Then, the ocean was about ten foot from the end of the boardwalk and low tide meant just a short walk to the water. No more. Now there's a little trek to get to the water even at high tide.

There was also a long sandbar out in the water that was visible at low tide. As the years passed, the terrain changed. The sandbar lengthened. The currents between the sandbar and the beach turned into a river. Then the river narrowed. Now the sandbar is gone and all that remains of the currents are a couple of tidal pools. Sand has filled in the rest. This is a pool as we come off the boardwalk. The ocean is at the bottom of the sky beginning from the left. You can barely see it on the horizon, and it ends at the dark line beginning abour two-thirds across which is where the King and Prince hotel curves out toward the water:



And this tidal pool is further up the beach. The water once ran through it and down to the first pool above. You can't see the ocean at all in this picture because it's to the photographer's left:



As a result of the sands shifting, the houses that once sat close (in some cases, too close) to the water, find themselves a fair distance from the ocean. Dunes have taken over what was once a river and then a tidal pool. Now only a shallow trench lets high-tide water into the pools that are left. I took this photo standing on the beach and you can see how far the dunes extend:



Nature certainly brings a lot of changes!


10 comments:

  1. A lot of change over time! The shell patterns are quite lovely to see.

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    1. More shells now but when summer begins, they'll all be picked up!

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  2. One of the things I miss is walking on the sand by the ocean. So sad about the changing of the dunes and tidal pools.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. We love beach walks. And no need to be sad! It's the nature of things! Sand goes away on one end of the island and piles up on another!

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    1. Sometimes you can find really nice ones!

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  4. I just saw your blog and immediately thought your heading picture looked like a field near Helen in N. Georgia, then I saw you are in Georgia. I wish we could walk on the beach too but it’s a bit far (at least 5 hours to Savannah.) Your photos are very nice.

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    1. You're quite right! It is the field near Helen on my blog! And you are closer to the beach than a lot of people! AT least you can visit on long weekends!

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    2. You're quite right! It is the field near Helen on my blog! And you are closer to the beach than a lot of people! AT least you can visit on long weekends!

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    3. You're quite right! It is the field near Helen on my blog! And you are closer to the beach than a lot of people! At least you can visit on long weekends!

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