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Feeding the Beach January 29, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Nature.

This winter, the beaches on Anna Maria Island are being re-nourished by sand dredged from the Gulf of Mexico.

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Engineers are feeding the beach using enormous pieces of equipment and massive pipes to dredge, suction, and sift piles of sand.

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Bulldozers move in to push and shove the sifted and shifted sand into position once ashore.

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BFF and I went out to inspect the progress. Β They are moving right along.


Aah . . . that’s better!

Now for some really amazing nature shots . . . check out the Winners of the Nature Conservancy Photo Contest. Β They are GORGEOUS!


1. Pix Under the Oaks - January 29, 2014

How interesting Nancy! That sand looks so good for the toes!

nrhatch - January 29, 2014

Yesterday was a GREAT Beach Walking Day . . . today, it’s a bit chilly and gray. The temps are supposed to rebound by Saturday. Perfect timing on your part.

Pix Under the Oaks - January 29, 2014

We were just saying that.. πŸ™‚

nrhatch - January 29, 2014

Yay! Glad the weather is choosing to cooperate.

2. Crowing Crone Joss - January 29, 2014

see that orange fencing? In Canada it is called a “snow fence”. heh heh.

nrhatch - January 29, 2014

Thanks for the chuckle, Joss. I did know that at one point, but had forgotten. I appreciate the reminder. :mrgreen:

3. ericjbaker - January 29, 2014

“Feeding the Beach.” Another of your blog titles makes me think of an 80s horror movie, but this time I can’t remember the name. Something about creatures living under the sand and eating sunbathers. Ah well, there’s always Humanoids from the Deep from ’82. There are monsters ON the beach in that one.

I’m not normal, am I?

nrhatch - January 29, 2014

You live in an entirely different realm from the one I inhabit. πŸ˜›

ericjbaker - January 29, 2014

Mentally, sure, but I’ll bet we both enjoy a sunny day on the beach (sans monsters).


nrhatch - January 29, 2014

You are correct, sir! Here’s to Sunny Days on the Beach! 😎

4. Carol Ann Hoel - January 29, 2014

Great photos of Anna Maria Island. Used to vacation there. Beautiful beaches, especially in the years when they refurbish it. Blessings to you, Nancy…

nrhatch - January 29, 2014

Thanks, Carol Ann. I had forgotten that you used to vacation here. We do have beautiful beaches (but a few of them had gotten a bit skimpy).

This is the first replenishment in the 5 years we’ve been here. It’s going to be great having nice wide beaches again.

5. Andra Watkins - January 29, 2014

We do that up here as well. The jetties going into Charleston Harbor do a number on the sand south of there.

nrhatch - January 29, 2014

We saw Charleston on the Weather Channel today . . . blanketed in the other fluffy white stuff.

6. Carol Balawyder - January 29, 2014

Wow! The photos of the Nature Conservancy Contest are really amazing. Especially the first prize. What a gorgeous photo. Thanks for posting it.

nrhatch - January 29, 2014

You’re welcome! So glad you enjoyed them. What a bunch of talented photographers.

7. diannegray - January 29, 2014

I love your BFF! πŸ˜€ I wish I had one like that πŸ˜‰

nrhatch - January 29, 2014

BFF is leggy like that. πŸ˜‰

8. Don - January 29, 2014

“Feeding the beach.” What a concept Nancy! This really looks like the positive side to engineering. But then maybe we have to ask ourselves why do we have to do it in the first place? I wish our beach sand was as white.

nrhatch - January 30, 2014

It’s a very expensive engineering feat . . . required because we insist on living so close to the coast where Mother Nature likes to rearrange things from time to time. The money spent is returned (ten fold) in tourist $’s.

Our beach sand is white, light, and quite a delight. Almost like powder. Very different from the coarse sand in the mid-Atlantic states.

9. Behind the Story - January 29, 2014

For many years the only white sand beaches I saw were creamy-colored coral sand beaches. What a surprise when I saw my first blindingly white sand beach in Florida!

nrhatch - January 30, 2014

We came to Florida for the first time in 1989 and my jaw dropped at the color of the sand and the color of the sea. It’s gorgeous.

10. Three Well Beings - January 30, 2014

I’ve never seen the beach fed before! Fascinating! I must be a very large production to do this!

nrhatch - January 30, 2014

It’s an enormous production ~ different components do their own thing. It’s like watching an orchestrated beach ballet.

As they dredge in one area, they set up pipes and filters in the next. When it’s time to move further down the beach, they flip two switches ~ one to stop the flow in area Y and another to start it in area Z.

11. Eric Tonningsen - January 30, 2014

Beautiful beach-to-be (again?) And of course, Mother Nature will rearrange it to her liking over time as well. In the meantime, enjoy all she has to offer. It’s breathtaking!

nrhatch - January 30, 2014

If I recall correctly, it’s a once-in-a-decade proposition ~ so Mother Nature does her rearranging for 10 years and then engineers come in and put the sand back.

And the end result is rather spectacular. But I’m glad that the bill won’t be submitted to me for payment. πŸ˜‰

12. jannatwrites - January 30, 2014

The beach looks beautiful. It’s a shame the Gulf will turn around and reclaim the sand πŸ™‚

nrhatch - January 30, 2014

The sea reclaims the sand over time, although some storms cause sand to be ejected ONTO the beach. It’s a constant cycle.

13. bluebee - February 2, 2014

So much effort goes onto maintaining recreational beaches – the beaches in Durban, where I grew up, had to be replenished in places, at times, and here in Oz, the.beaches are ‘swept’ for things like syringes etc at dawn.

The photography contest photos are beautiful, thanks for sharing. The bear photo is just awesome, although I wouldn’t want to come face-to-face with him.

nrhatch - February 2, 2014

Glad you checked out the photo contest winner ~ some of those shots are jaw dropping. I’m with you on the bear. Keeping a safe distance suits me just fine.

They comb the beaches here too. I’m never up at dawn, so I don’t see them, but I see the teeth marks later. :mrgreen:

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