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Atlantic Coastal and bay beaches from South Jersey to Assateague

Cape May Point, a shoreline and a wartime relic that appear timeless
WW II Bunker at Cape May Point
Wind drives seaward; all the sand here has been trucked in repeatedly. Waves crashed beneath this battery fortress leaving it hanging in midair atop the driven pilings that form its foundation, storm after storm breaching the historic duneline until the state of NJ had no choice but to rescue Cape May Meadows, the Point and this landmark by spending a fortune every few years since the early 1990’s to maintain and re-nourish these doomed beaches.
WW II Bunker at Cape May Point, overgrown and windblown
Up close a symphonic pattern of curving grasses, a brace of rebar, lime weeping, a garland of goldenrod nodding overhead.
WW II Bunker at Cape May Point, festooned with grasses where the ocean once laid claim. And will again.
WW II Bunker at Cape May Point, festooned with grasses where the ocean once laid claim. And will again.
Notice the image below “What Is It”, of the bunker suspended in midair , the unmodified shoreline having chewed up the beachfront that originally extended far in front of the structure and included gun turret mounts and other buildings.
Around the point from the bunker, Delaware Bay beaches in the Villas, a far cry from the creosote bulkhead bound and filthy shoreline found here in the 1960s. Less beach but now backed by replanted dunes in place of the unsuccessful armored shoreline
Remnants of coastal mixed cedar dune forest set between the front bay beach and the cattail anchored brackish wetlands behind. Saltwater slowly encroaches as sea level changes impact the estuarine bay

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Another installment of an ongoing series witnessing the impacts of climate changes in the Midwest. Torrential rain and persistent flooding have made a sobering mark this year on the lives of many: lost crops, flooded fields, landslides, damaged homes, railcars and river barges at a standstill, hope at a premium and longstanding lifeways called into question.

Normally placid, Sanders Creek meanders through Boscobel. In a matter of hours it morphed into a raging, cataract just as full moon arrived this month. The roaring of the water a block away drew me out into darkness.

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