Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Low Tide And Seawalls

Local bluff top homeowners own the land to the base of the cliffs, so they're allowed to protect their property from erosion with the construction of seawalls. Seawalls have been a hot button topic hereabouts, as many consider them eyesores.

Just how effective they are is open to debate, as they can't stop the wind that erodes the sandstone, nor hold back the subterranean water that always finds its way to the sea.

This person has chosen to build barricades up top and down on the sand both.

Our recent storms have exposed reefs we haven't seen for years and the extreme sand movement has formed some massive sand bars.

The wind was brisk, but it didn't deter this lady from her quest to find seashells.


Crafty Green Poet said...

Lovely reflections in the first shot! Seawalls can be contentious. There are some areas along the east coast of England that are giving up on trying to keep the land and gracefully letting it go back to sea. Needless to say these areas are generally not highly populated other than by birds which benefit from the increase in tidal flats...

Sweet Repose said...

Oh, the lure of the pounding seas...at what cost...in my opinion, the coastlines worldwide should belong to the public, the seawalls are disgusting...let Nature take her course...back to the sea!

In some areas of Florida, you can't even find your way to the shore because of the private homes and keep out signs...not fair!

But as usual, money talks!

High Desert Diva said...

Sea walls. Ugh.

steven said...

golden west, i have so many happy memories of walking in the sand at low tide. it's incredible how primal the feeling of cold wet sand is!!!! i really like the reflections in the first shot - looks like that's a crowd favourite!!! steven

Tracy said...

I've read about this topic happening along some stretches of coastline in the UK. The seawalls often aren't that esthetically pleasing, no, and I do feel that beaches should be accessible and enjoyed by the public. One feels sorry for folks having to leave their coastal homes due to erosion, but usually these are people with more than enough money to move elsewhere...LOL! It's a very complex issue, with no one easy answer. It's like the issue of wind-farms...Great, interesting post, Golden West! :o) Happy Day ((HUGS))