A Year’s Difference

I think this is one of my favorite trees of all times. It’s in my header photo on this blog, I like it that much! The first three photos are from February 23rd of last year, so not exactly a year ago, but three cameras ago…that’s hard to believe! Anyhoo, the photos are all of the same, lovely dead tree.

Take note of that piece of bark on the right hand side as well as where the tree is on the beach.

The tree is nearly center in the photo.

These photos were taken on December 5th and 24th, 2010 and January 15th, 2011.

Remember that piece of bark mentioned above? It looks like a bird now at the top of the branch now [just above center-left in the last shot].

Within less than a year, all the dunes around the tree have been washed away, a not so gentle reminder that life is impermanent by its very nature.  I’ll be very disappointed when I visit Folly and find the tree gone.

While barrier islands are ever-changing, this change has most likely occurred due to the jetties created outside of Charleston Harbor. While the jetties ensure a mostly calm harbor–good for shipping and commerce, they have choked off the sand deposition supply that comes from the North. Generically and very generally speaking, sediment travels from the northern end of an island to the southern end, and then on to the next island. The jetties block this flow, diverting it farther out to sea, into deeper currents and essentially causing the sand supply to Morris Island and Folly Beach to skip over them.