Tuesday, January 24, 2012


Aren't pneumatocysts great!

Shadows in beach sand caused by ...

... a dune restoration project.

The concept is wonderfully simple. Snow fence slows the wind as it whips across the beach. Once the wind slows down, it's load of windblown sand falls at the base of the "snow" fence and a dune begins to form.

Throw in a windblown, (or maybe in this project, a planted ...) sea oat plant and dune stabilization begins anew.

Of course, a simpler idea is to never build homes, motels and condo's directly on the beachfront.
Then, none of this is necessary.
The beach can ebb, flow, flex, and bend as nature intended.

No input from us required.


Anonymous said...

Boo to deliberate beachfront destruction; yay to dune restoration. I remember the first time I saw the ocean when I was a child, and I remember from my childhood before Myrtle Beach became so commercial and developed. Need I say anymore?

debbie said...

Love the pictures.

threecollie said...

Love all the pics, but especially the second one down.

Ava said...

Interesting pics. And I agree ... yay to dune restoration!

Doug Taron said...

You see dune restoration, I see tiger beetle habitat restoration.

Thunder said...

So they're really "sand drifts" then huh? ;-)

robin andrea said...

Beautiful photos.

Marilyn Kircus said...

I too love helping to restore beaches, both putting up the snow fences and adding the vegetation.

Last year I got to revisit a beech on the Texas coast where I helped put up about a mile of snow fence. It had lovely vegetated dunes supporting lots of wildlife.

Mariano said...

I am all for Dune restorations. However couldn't the snow fences be installed in wave form or curviliniar so that it would look more natural?
The photos actually shows as though the dunes look like graves because all fences are straight.
So can we get a bit more creative and still accomplish the same thing?