Dune grasses, mist. Isle of Palms, South Carolina.
A ten minute walk north, wave-bitten condos:
The ground floor: collapsed. Condos in the back of the building: still occupied, it seems.
Can sand bags and plastic pipes muzzle the chewing maw of the Atlantic? Now taking bets.
Just north of the foundering land-ship, the sea plays a few rounds on the golfing green and takes home some souvenirs:
On the eroding sand escarpments, plants trained by hundreds of thousands of years of beach life grasp their opportunity, then set seed and move on to the next shifting wave of sand. Here is Oenothera drummondii, Beach evening-primrose. The plant is in full bloom in December, as are other species on the island. A crazy-warm winter; the sea feels it too.