Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The forces of nature

Since Hurricane Matthew went through we have been seeing many changes to MY beaches - especially this week as there have been SUPER king tides occurring with the full moon (in fact for this whole past week and even this morning and the next few mornings too). A lot of the sea grass is either being pushed up the beach or just washed back out into the ocean. (I must point out in the high 80's temps we have been getting it is starting to smell REALLY pawsome - although Mom doesn't seem to find it so appealing)

Because so much sand has washed away what use to be the high tide mark has now changed and it is about 20 foot higher up the beach.  After our walkies on MY beach Mom decided to go and check out Little Talbot State Park (Yes that evil place that doesn't allow doggies on the beach - why she would consider going there is beyond me!)

Anyway - when pulling up to the gate to the park the Park Ranger told her only boardwalks 1 and 3 were open. The other 6 boardwalks were all so badly damaged in the storm that they can't be used and as you can see from the photo below - even boardwalk 1 took a pretty good beating (which is sad as they had only just finished this a few weeks ago). What shocked Mom the most at Little Talbot was how much sand had washed away - 8-10 feet of it going back 200-250 feet. All the palm trees and shrubs that use to line the edge of the sand dunes are now gone - as too is the beautiful white sand - which is now grey and even dark black in places. So much sand washed away that is even uncovered an old pier that use to be there some 30 years ago! Sadly too - Mom could see that many many shells had washed up but they have just been smashed to pieces in the relentless waves.
This was the brand new boardwalk 1
Plenty of stinky sea grass
Changes in the beach at Little Talbot
The top of that pile is where the beach use to be!
Uncovered - part of an old pier
Another view of the old pier
Little Talbot a few weeks ago before the storm


  1. Wow! That is incredible. I hate that the new boardwalks were damaged. ♥

  2. We think we have your sand! Since our river has shrunk, we have loads of sand on the banks!

  3. It just shows how powerful nature can be.
    Elliot and Cricket x

  4. Mother Nature is ever changing the landscape of things isn't she. Such a shame when it is destructive like that
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  5. Wow that is crazy!! Well, it looks like the pups still enjoyed their beach day. Thank you for sharing! :)

  6. Oh, that really stinks about the new boardwalk! :(

  7. Wow...that was a powerful storm even though it wasn't as bad as they predicted. Lots of destruction and sand movement. We hope things get settled down soon!

  8. Hard to understand why Mother Nature has to become so violent. Such a terrible loss at those beaches. We hope they are able to rebuild the boardwalks and replant some greenery.

    Woos - Lightning and Misty

  9. That is so amazing although I bet there a lot of great smells and things to roll in.

    Aroo to you,

  10. Nature never ceases to amaze us.....
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  11. Wowsa! That is kerazy!!!! Wells, there is gonna be lots and lots to explore and roll in!
    Ruby ♥

  12. We wish that hurricanes never had to happen. How very sad.

  13. Hari OM
    Nature's power reminds us of the impermanence of things... I bet it felt like walking in an entirely new place! Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  14. I'm so sorry that the new boardwalk was in the way of wild matthew... the elements can be so powerful...

  15. This storm did so much damage everywhere. So sad my friends. XOXO - Bacon

  16. In Germany after a big storm, there was always a ton of cool stuff washed up on the beach and grass areas to find.

  17. Such a lot of damage! Sooooo glad you are safe
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  18. We hope they can fix your boardwalk!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  19. Wow! The power of nature is awesome!

  20. It's so cool that your mom had before pictures that show what damage the storm caused. Beach erosion is such a serious problem unless you put up concrete walls there's nothing you can do.Love Dolly


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