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Battered Dunes of Atlantic City

Hurricane Irene and its aftermath played havoc with Atlantic City’s  highly-protected dunes. There are only vestiges of them left and great mounds of sand have been shifted. In the event, I suppose, they did their job of keeping the sea back from the boardwalk and the businesses and Casinos behind it. The latter seem  not to have suffered any water damage.


Vestiges of thickly-planted sand hills

But, there is now an unrestricted view of the Taj Mahal from the beach!

We used to use the underside of this beach structure for welome shade in the summers, but not now. . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . . . we would have to tunnel first!

. . . . . . a long way!

The day before we arrived, highjackers had murdered  the husband of a family just returning to their car in the parking lot of the Taj Mahal. Channel 7 and others were  busy getting the views of visitors on the Boardwalk. The cameraman at one time, seem to have his lens pointing at me on my bench. Perhaps some of you may have caught a glimpse of me?

Channel 7 interviewing people on the Boardwalk



4 Responses

  1. What terrible news, but love your photos as always!

    • Valerie. Thank you for your comment. Not to worry, though, the dunes will soon be rebuilt. Do you view the pictures full-screen? They show so much more detail when enlarged by clicking on them.

  2. Dear Ben,

    I’ve been remiss in responding (it’s difficult on my iPad and I don’t turn my computer on very much, anymore), but I was struck by the destruction (albeit temporary) of the dunes. It makes me appreciate even more, the glorious painting that you did of said dunes and is now hanging proudly in our home!

    Much love,

    • Bonnie. Late or not, I am always pleased to have your thoughts on my small efforts. Wild dunes are evocative and make compelling painting subjects. When I looked at the storm-smoothed sand banks that they have now become, I put my paints away, uninspired! There is still a lot of damage to the boadwalk at the southern end– It is impassable in places, but I have the impression that, whatever money there is, it will be used to repair the dunes first of all. Love, Ben

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