HERMINE TAKES BACK THE SEA’S SAND

For many months there has been a major beach replenishment project underway along Long Beach Island.  The cynics among us (moi???) were waiting for the first big nor’easter to return things to normal.  Well, Hermine certainly tried, and did a lot of its own reclamation around Holgate at the southern tip of the island.  But, there’s still a lot of dune left to protect the island.

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The Friday night before the storm was stunning.  I swear to you that this sunset is right out of my cell phone … no enhancement, and just awesome.

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The image, however, belied the old sailor’s comfort:  “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight.” as Saturday morning brought an undelightful sea.

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For both of the above shots I had waded out into the (warm) water.  The turbulence threatened to knock me over along with my $$$ camera and $$$ lens but I made it back to shore.

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There were a few other souls on the beach; after all, the sun was shining.  This sandpiper was among them, thinking, perhaps that my flip-flop was its mother.

Excuse me; those are my flip-flops.

Excuse me; those are my flip-flops.

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Sunday morning dawned beautiful.  Crowds gathered at the end of the island to witness the drama of the still-angry sea.

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Here’s the famous wooden jetty which had been covered by the adjacent dune.  It’s what we expected but it’s still sad and a loss.

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Here we see a 10′ cliff on the dune that used to COVER the wooden jetty, kids and big kids enjoying it but also adding to the destruction.

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 The exciting sea made great opportunities for the enthusiastic.  This would be a fearsome prospect for me.  Maybe two or three years ago …. when I was only 80 …

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And, how exciting to climb the sky!

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We survived the storm.  We had rain only late Friday night, and we dined in the wind (under a tent) for the Saturday night season’s-end ball.  We brought in all of the porches’ furniture; Sigrid managed everything nicely for the annual trophies presentation Sunday morning, culminating a year’s work by her to prepare them all (ninety active trophies plus keepers).  My family raised everything off of the first floor onto cinder blocks and moved the bicycles up a half flight to the entry foyer, and some of us (moi, again) evacuated.  Yes, we lost some sand but some of that will come back, and we still have much more protection than we did before Sandy.

LIFE ON A SANDBAR!

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9 Responses to “HERMINE TAKES BACK THE SEA’S SAND”

  1. larryalyons Says:

    Awesome set of images capturing this storm….Wow!

  2. Dick & Val Cross Says:

    Almost as good as being there! Dick and Val

  3. eajackson Says:

    That sunset certainly was spectacular. I was wishing I could be at the shore to witness a bit of the storm. However family events kept me inland. So, thank you for letting me see what when on at the Jersey shore. Great captures great story.

  4. Jerry Fuchs Says:

    Thank you for updating us! Nicely done! We are part time residents in Beach Haven Park for the past 30 plus years. We remained up North this Labor Day in order to avoid the potential mayhem that might have occurred. I am always concerned about the Island. I check on a daily basis trying to gain any information available.

  5. Bruce Rosborough Says:

    Good Eye. Wish you could have been here for Matthew’s visit. Judy and I evacuated for two nights with our animals. 7 hours of which were without power and water. Discovered that not only is there no TV or Internet when your motel has lost its connections, but cell phone batteries can’t be recharged or replaced . . . Unless you Brave it out to sit in your car under swaying trees . . . And can connect your charging cord to the car when it’s engine is running.

    Thanks for sharing your moments with us.

    Bruce


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