Old School Photo Hack

Wet feet


This is a building near our marina, from a vantage I normally don’t see (the water is too shallow for the big boat).  High water wasn’t a concern when this former oyster packing business was built here many decades ago.  Now there are no more oysters and even the riprap can’t keep the water at bay.

Oh, and this is about midway through ebb tide.

3 thoughts on “Wet feet

  1. Baydog

    It's a combination of erosion, subsidence, the rising sea level, and the inability of the riprap to keep the water at bay. Not to mention the absence of oysters. Ain't nothin like it used to be.


  2. Mitch Zeissler

    Baydog is right.

    If you look back at the Point Lookout post of a few days ago, you'll note an old map dating back to the Civil War (it takes awhile to load because it's a huge JPG and it's being pulled from the Library of Congress). That map looks freakishly distorted because things don't look to scale; however, it is accurate and shows the Point Lookout area as having a *lot* more land to it than there is now.

    Two photos down from the map is the first placard, which is about Hammond General Hospital; it has a small illustration in the upper right that shows the Civil War coastline (dark blue) versus the current coastline (much lighter blue) (I know, very hard to make out any detail from my online photo due to the lower resolution, but that is what it's illustrating) — showing that Point Lookout has lost approximately 50% of its land mass since the Civil War.

    That land mass loss continues to this day, but not just at Point Lookout — it is affecting the entire coastline of the Bay and all the tiny islands that remain.


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