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Monday, 26 September 2016

Around the point

The last day of summer was a celebration for us, a celebration of a great summer on a day which felt like mid not end of season. Cascumpec Bay, on the north shore of Prince County of Prince Edward Island was the site of our picnic. An island breeze and the cloudless sky with temperatures in the mid-twenties could not have been better. We sat on the beach in Northport and enjoyed our lunch, our favourite sandwiches and coffee made fresh just an hour before. 

The day was perfect for exploration and the beach had much to offer. The point,

 

visible from our location, was a good place to start. There was a great deal of seaweed on the beach and oyster shells

 

 left from a feast there. Someone likes oysters more than we do.

The most startling sight was around that point. Destruction!

 

All along the coast, was a tangle of dead trees which had lost their anchorage in the red soil.

 

The erosion on that coastline was evident from the number of trees which fell victim to the sea.

 

They were mere ghosts of their former selves, whitened by the salt water, weathered, stark, yet beautiful somehow.

 

Others held on to the last bit of life with autumn on the horizon and rough seas to come. 

 

It is easy to see how the trees die when the erosion of the soil undermines the vegetation above. 

 

The elevation here is no more than a meter but sea caves are evident where the sea has washed away the soil. 

 

Before long, the trees topple, their unique sculpture becomes evident over time as the leaves and needles die and their structure is exposed.

 

This part of the coast is a graveyard, with the victims as harbingers of a future none of us may want.

 

14 comments:

  1. That must have been a little saddening.

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    1. Yes, AC, it was. The beach was lovely until you went around the point to see all the effects of erosion.

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  2. I don't see any way to save those trees, which is sad but inevitable, it seems. Your pictures tell the tale very well.

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    1. Along more populated areas, they truck in stone to put along the shoreline, like they do where I live. The rock helps. The less populated areas don't get any measures to prevent erosion.

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  3. So sad to see the erosion along the shoreline and loss of so many trees. Would the pile of shells be from humans or animals?

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    1. I assumed the oyster shells were from humans. I hadn't considered animals. Good question, Judith.

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    1. So true, EC. The bare, twisted beauty of such a sad scene is how I saw the setting.

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  5. Your pictures are beautiful. I find the dead trees fascinating as they fell all in one piece. The thing is I am not sure the things you saw were what you thought you saw. I am going to see if a friend will allow me to repost one of his posts. I think you might change you thoughts about some things.

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    1. I look forward to your insights on these photos.

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  6. Great photo journalism. It makes my heart heavy.

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