Today's Flowers: Dune Grasses

The exposed roots of the dune grasses holding together their habitat just about say it all about their own importance to the integrity of the beach environment.  Where there were grasses, there were dunes.  Where there were not, there were not.

In these places, there is a need for sand.  It seems pretty clear and simple that this newly applied sand will need grasses planted on them come spring, but there are politicians who are opposed to moving sand around and just want the grasses.  These people must not walk the beach.  If they did they'd realize there really can't be one without the other.  Even little Bo and big Honor could tell you that.  Just look:

When money and politics come into the mix, the pure sense that even the dogs have comes to no account.  It remains to be seen what shape the dunes will take come summer.

Here's to all the humble wonders that hold our world together!

Today's Flowers





Comments

  1. I do so agree with you and wonder where we go from here??? When are truly caring and concerned people able to be "the voice"??? Wonderful post and beautiful captures, Sandy!

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  2. Oh my! The photo of the house shows how much erosion has damaged the area! Yes, the sand need the grass, and the grass needs the sand.

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  3. "I brains were TNT, politicians would not make a loud bang if they went off!"


    Hope you like the words on Past Participle as well as the pictures.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  4. You tell a lot with your pics. Hope no further damage takes place.

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  5. You're right.
    Sad and frightening ;-(

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  6. you're right.

    it's so sad indeed..
    thanks for this post and the beautiful shots, sandy.

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  7. When politics get involved, it is usually not good.
    Your beach pics are so beautiful.
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  8. Isn't this the truth. Here is to those humble wonders...

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  9. Beautiful photos with lovely dunes on the beach.

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  10. sure hope they figure it out!

    love grasses as much as wildflowers. :)

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  11. Beautiful photos. Hope you'd find time to visit my entry.

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  12. Dunes are so important! The town of Manaloking NJ JUST opened for the residents to return to their homes ruined by that other Sandy. I hope they rebuoild with dunes in mind (they did have big dunes before).

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  13. Beautiful pics. It's so frustrating when ignorant politicians decide on things of common sense. Maybe animals should rule the world.

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  14. Beautiful images Sandy and thanks for sharing what is going on in your world. I hope that they consider rebuilding the dunes.

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  15. How true! Let's hope the grasses will get planted soon, for all our sakes. Have a great week Sandy, lovely pictures and I enjoyed seeing those cute dogs.

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  16. You're so right -- they matter.

    I loved the look of the dunes grasses when we were traveling along the East Coast.

    And I just took some photos of an explanatory sign about beach grasses when we were on the Keys. Waiting to use the information when I get some better pictures of the Florida grasses themselves.

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  17. Oh yes I agree.
    They have to put rocks around where the houses are and somehow protect the beach with more sand. Sometimes the ocean takes sand away so they need the scrapers to bring it all back

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  18. Strangely enough as a pipeline engineer I understand what you are saying. Vegetation controls erosion better than anything. Just piling sand or dirt, or dirt or rocks doesn't solve anything.

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