Thursday, November 17, 2016

High, High Tide

It seems that every high tide some of the back wood trails go under water. Like this:
I took these pictures around the recent full moon and the water you are looking at is usually gravel and dirt. It really is. Yet these days it seems to end up under water with greater frequency.  Which is not to say occasional exceptional high waters didn't flood the mangroves. But now it seems to happen too often. 
Luckily Rusty enjoys splashing around so I don't let six inches of water stop us. However you have to wonder what sea level rise will do for these islands over the next decade or two.
 Crocs are an invaluable tool for these expeditions.
 And a camera to wile away the time.
It is wonderfully peaceful out here and even though the wind carries the sounds of cars from Highway One a few miles away, this is as isolated as you can get.  
Rusty likes the splashing around. I read my Kindle perched against the branches of a buttonwood tree.

 Miles and miles of nothing.
 The road remains above water - so far.

But around my home signs of the supermoon high tide were visible in the street the morning afterand I find the invasion of salt water rather scary:

Where Crocs should be less necessary.
I wonder what the future will bring. A frequent thought I am having these days.


RichardM said...

You're smart for thinking about it. And you've been there long enough to note the changes. The water must be nice and warm (as opposed to solid).

CJ said...

We talked about it before we moved here. Then we watched what really happened. Yep, 10 years max. Sad, but we will unload the property to someone who thinks all this warming jazz is a Chinese hoax and head somewhere with elevation. I hear there's a Home Depot in St. Croix?...

sandi said...

sadly the new government doesnt believe in climate change.. pity

Trobairitz said...

Folks seem to have dire predictions about rising sea levels and time will tell.

I like that you have a place to walk without a lot of people around. Even if you must splash down the trail.

Cees Klumper said...

We're selling our home on Big Pine Key. Saw studies from University of Florida that show what will happen, sooner or later. Swapping for life on a boat, as Dutch people will be inclined to do, in a nice marina in Key West.

Cees Klumper said...

P.s. The mayor of Miami Beach, Philip Levine, is definitely on the right track.

Canajun said...

Great shots, but I half expected to see a croc face peering out of the water. :) I think if I was younger and living in south Florida I'd be seriously worried about rising water levels. The next 10 years or so will tell the tale but it seems inevitable that there will be a 1-2 metre rise in that time.