Beach stroll. “And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”

Dune grasses, mist. Isle of Palms, South Carolina.

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A ten minute walk north, wave-bitten condos:

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The ground floor: collapsed. Condos in the back of the building: still occupied, it seems.

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Can sand bags and plastic pipes muzzle the chewing maw of the Atlantic? Now taking bets.

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IMG1777IMG1771Just north of the foundering land-ship, the sea plays a few rounds on the golfing green and takes home some souvenirs:

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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.

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2 thoughts on “Beach stroll. “And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”

  1. bujinin

    oenathera: a couple of years ago i found a specimen of two different species of oenathera on the back dune on litchfield beach. can’t remember which was closer to dune but they were separated by only 15 feet beachward. also the etymology of oenathera would seem to be “wine beast” any thoughts on that? Every government has as much of a duty to avoid war as a ship’s captain has to avoid a shipwreck. -Guy de Maupassant, short story writer and novelist (5 Aug 1850-1893) Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except the best. -Henry van Dyke, poet (1852-1933) You may not be able to change the world, but at least you can embarrass the guilty. -Jessica Mitford, author, journalist, and civil rights activist (1917-1996)Nothing is so firmly believed as what is least known. -Michel de Montaigne, essayist (1533-1592)

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