Mark, my beach walking buddy, and I were astounded by the changes in the profile of the west end of Cavendish Beach. The clay cliffs were undercut, which exposed previously buried sandstones that were dragged down onto the new beach,
and tossed up into the forest.
The footings of the trees were loosened, and the trees blew over,
beating back the forest,
The marram grass was washed down,
and a new shoreline was created.
This section of clay was still intact because it was too matted or cemented together with ancient debris. How old are those coniferous boughs?
This section used to be high above the beach. The Ocean's water has been displaced by all the sand and clay that was washed into it. Now it has to climb higher up the cliffs.
We called this a "clear cut". The wind and water eroded the dune to the point where there is now a clear path from the north side of the beach to the south.
This dune was amputated from it's structure. Now there are magnificent sandspits into New London Bay, the south side of the dunes.
Imagine the power that it took to move that much water, which moved that much sand!
These are the pilings that I used in the earring photos in the Artisan Collection. They used to be far away from the water's edge, even at high tide.
Previously I saw 3 sets of these pilings along the beach. 5 more sets have been revealed by Mother Nature. Imagine that!
Look how far they were from the water this summer. Extremes!