Sunday, October 26, 2008

Shifting sands


As regularly as it happens, I am always amazed at the changing contour of the beach, especially with the change of season. During autumn/winter storms, the surf pounds the beach, removing sand and eroding the dunes. A recent storm off the outer Cape caused this old peat road to become exposed on Nauset Beach. Carriage tracks clearly visible on the road surface, it has been incredibly preserved under the sand from generations ago. Upon closer examination, hoof prints can also be seen. Eventually the Atlantic will have its way with this road, breaking it into bits and pieces, and washing it all away.
This remnant of history, having once been inland, gives testimony to the ever changing dunes & shoreline. This makes me wonder just how many more generations will know the beach that I enjoy today, and certainly makes me appreciate the delicate condition of our beloved Cape Cod.
My brother left this comment, which I feel compelled to share: "Remember that mother nature always has its way . We are only here to see the beauty and destruction that it holds. Some times only for a moment or times that seem to last forever." Thank you, Joey...very well said!

4 comments:

joey said...

Remember that mother nature always has its way . We are only here to see the beauty and destruction that it holds. Some times only for a moment or times that seem to last forever.

Just-Kim said...

That is just fascinating. I clicked on the photo and was clearly able to see the hoof print. Amazing. I never knew such a thing existed. Thank you for opening my eyes and showing it to me!
Kim

hazel said...

Not only are you the most gifted artist I know, you are a gifted writer too! You should be published! Love Hazey

Judy Hartman said...

Amazing!
Yes, you are a gifted writer, Janice!