|Source: Google Maps|
Then, since I'm a HUGE marsh nerd, I drove out to San Dieguito Lagoon on a Saturday to hang out by myself and take time lapse pictures. Wait, you didn't do that too? :)
|The yellow areas are some of the other parts of the marsh that I've worked in. The red circle is where the time lapse photos were taken.|
At Los Pen, as we like to call it, Emily and I trekked around the lagoon and checked out the beach. The beach was pretty much gone because the water levels were so high.
| Where's the beach?|
|Sea level rise = beach and bluff erosion|
|Lagoon mouth from the north (looking south) under a normal tide- we were standing on the sand.|
|Lagoon mouth from the south (looking north) under a king tide- where we were standing in the picture above is now under water! Note the path north of the lagoon that goes under the bridge.|
|Looking back into the marsh under a normal tide|
|Looking back into the marsh under a king tide- crazy how this almost looks like a black and white photo since it was so gloomy out!|
|This is the path going under the bridge. Definitely not safe to walk on at this point. The sign is usually at the beginning of the beach.|
At Kendal Frost, most of the marsh was under water.
|This is not usually a bay. The housing on the left is definitely at risk under sea level rise.|
|Great Blue Heron (I think)|
|This was a small, dry island where the birds were just hanging out.|
|Stupid people building homes where the water wants to go!|
|The dog beach at the north end of the lagoon mouth|
|Just south of the lagoon mouth. This is normally a beach, but the rock rip-rap and the sea wall are there to protect the (dumb) houses behind it from storm events.|
|Watching a marsh drain...|
|10 min later...|
|10 min after that...|
|And 10 min after that...|
Also, this is the site I've spent a good amount of time at. Last summer and the summer before, when I was ITF, it was here. (Same for getting muddy and muddier).
So are you going to come out with me next year to chase the tides?