Sepia Scenes Impermanence

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Having been in South Carolina for nearly a month now, we’ve managed to walk Sullivan’s Island from top to bottom on the beach side.  The south end is fun because you can watch the container ships come in to port with their dolphin escorts and Fort Moultrie with all its history is down there. 

The north end, from whence these pictures were taken, is difficult to walk because of the jetties that try in vain to hold the beach in place.  Even with a pile of rocks every 50 yards, the ocean is still winning [never build on the north end of a barrier island–or just DON’T build on a barrier island period.  They are THE definition of change and impermanence]. 

The house below is still occupied.  There were a couple new-looking SUVs parked in the drive, music playing from a radio while someone worked or cleaned their car.  This scene struck me.  Mass consumer owned SUVs that consume excessive amounts of gas and over expensive houses that will be consumed by the sea regardless of the occupant’s wealth.  Such short lives we live, but we can make a great impact on the environment.  It’s our choice whether it’s sustainable or detrimental.

I’m not certain that this is a relic of the wars, but I think it might be.  Maybe WWI or II, but it looks like a base for a large gun where it could pivot and protect the channel.  I’m sure anyone in any war or hard time feels like it’s going to last forever, that the sun won’t ever shine the same, and they’ll never be the same.  Impermanence works both ways luckily. 

Such a small barrier island, but yet there’s so much that goes on there, human activity or otherwise!  In 200 years, will it still be there to tell any tales?


3 thoughts on “Sepia Scenes Impermanence

  1. The close-up view of the water is what the buyer envisioned when he bought. The shifting sands may indeed shift the house out to sea. The temporal view of the sea would be just that…Mot seem to forget that the barrier islands do rearrange themselves as they aim to protect the mainland, their most important function…

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