Where water meets land, the transformative force of nature reveals itself most sharply. At Marcus Beach, the colours and the contours of the dunes shift, and the moods of the ocean range from serene to savage. I have seen nature destroy metres of gently rolling sand dunes, take trees into the raging water, and leave sheered sand cliffs higher than a human. It feels like a shocking violation, a scar that will never heal.
But if we give nature room to move, she repairs too. The prevailing winds and the tides bring the sand back. Slowly the dunes re-form as spinifix weaves its binding cover. Then other plants like pigface take hold and reclaim their place. It can take years. And in this re-building process everything shifts; nothing is ever as it was.
I begin the New Year with this idea of transformation and rejuvenation in mind; a beach series, already underway, inspired by the place where I live.
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