Photographs – Mightier Than Men

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Forces of Nature.” – This week, share a force of nature from your corner of the world.

The pilings at Strathmere
The pilings at Strathmere

It’s time for a trip “Down the Shore” here in Southern New Jersey. We always find a new “beachscape” on arrival in Strathmere, New Jersey, our favorite beach town. The waves, a true “Force of Nature” have danced to the rhythm of a couple “Nor’easters” and altered the contours of last summer’s beach.

Strathmere Beach/Atlantic City can be seen in the distance
Strathmere Beach/Atlantic City can be seen in the distance

In the distance, men have built huge resorts hugging the water’s edge, but given enough time, the force of nature, in this instance the ocean, will reclaim it all.

Pilings worn away by the force of the ocean waves
Pilings worn away by the force of the ocean waves

“Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea– the LORD on high is mighty.” ~ Psalm 93:4

Photo Challenge – Reward? A Cuppa’ Ocean or Bay Please

Reward

“What does reward mean to you?”

 
Reward to me means a day walking, beachcombing or sitting on a sandy/rocky beach beside the ocean waves. I’ve been blessed in my life to have my idea of a reward fulfilled. Here are some of those ways…a reminder of a day at the beach on a cold Friday afternoon.

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STRATHEMERE, NEW JERSEY

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CAPE MAY LIGHTHOUSE, CAPE MAY, NEW JERSEY

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MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA

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TREASURE BEACH, JAMAICA

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CHESAPEAKE BAY, ELK NECK MARYLAND

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BLOCK ISLAND, RHODE ISLAND

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Photo Challenge – X Marks the Spot

Photo Challenge – Gone But Not Forgotten – Strathmere, NJ – X Marks the Spot
Show us something that is lost, but not forgotten.

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My husband, our children, and our children’s children all love the beaches at Strathmere. The trouble is Strathmere beaches are prone to erosion.

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I’ve always loved this picturesque grouping of pilings that form an X on the beach. I will joke with my husband and say, “There is buried treasure under there.” Several years ago these same pilings were covered over in a beach replenishment project. Strathmere beach, for a time, was a wide, smooth stretch of fine white sand and nothing else. The Atlantic Ocean had other ideas though, in just a few years, the pounding waves, and N’or Easters, much like the one we are experiencing this week, uncovered the pilings once again.

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The ocean is fickle though, and just as easily could throw a blanket of sand back over the pilings during a wicked storm or hurricane. So these pilings, and this beach on the Jersey Shore, were the perfect answer to this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge.

More information about Strathmere beach erosion can be found at Philly.com. Erosion – and what to do about it – worries Strathmere homeowners

Phascination – Baby Clams on the Beach

This is just a little blurb of a post about a “phascinating” natural phenomenon. Hundreds, upon thousands, most likely even millions of baby clams in the surfside sand at Strathmere, NJ each year. Smaller than a dime, many amazing colors, stripes and patterns make up the tiny clamshells. The baby clams wash up in the waves, they dig down, they wash up, they dig down. It is one of those endless cycles you can become almost hynotized by as you watch. Here’ s a little blurb.

Baby Clams on Strathmere Beach

 

Places – Strathmere & Cape May, New Jersey

 

One of my favorite destinations is Strathmere, New Jersey. Only a few miles from Ocean City, Strathmere is a non-commercial beach town. A few years ago the beach was replenished and all the pilings were under the sand. After last winter’s N’or Easters, the pilings have emerged once again to see the light of day. I like the look of the pilings, but I can understand the frustration of those who live near the beach too.

 

 

I’ve always called this group of pilings “X marks the spot.” They criss cross each other like a giant X.

 

 

This old bunker is on Cape May Point. It is a leftover from World War II.  You can find information pertaining to its history here: Cape May Bunker