I have to admit that I’m a little disappointed how that when I go this long without posting a new set of nudes interest wanes severely. I would have thought last week’s extended set with almost 50 images would have generated more interest than normal, but apparently not.
Anyone looking for nudes should stand by to be disappointed again. In fact, unless someone jumps in front of my camera naked I’m not sure exactly when I’ll have a new set of nudes.
Instead, what I have this week is an extended set of photos taken at Indiana Dunes State Park and Indiana Dunes National Park & Lakeshore. To some extent, they look like any set of photos that have been taken in the area. There are hundreds of thousands of pictures of the birds and the beach and the lighthouse around the Internet. What’s different is that what we’re capturing is an erosion of nature, the lakeshore, and dunes in declines, not the pretty shots that lure visitors.
Water levels in Lake Michigan are at their highest levels in 20 years as snow and ice from the North are melting at a faster rate. That water has to go somewhere and the dunes and their beaches don’t exactly defend themselves well against anything wet. Bird migration routes and speeds have been altered. Where large sand beaches once existed, there were places such as Central Beach (part of the national park area) where erosion has resulted in a 30-foot drop-off, with less than ten feet of beach below making it practically inaccessible. The beach at Mt. Baldy, which sits right next to the Michigan City power facility, was a narrow 25-feet. One had to take a narrow and steep path to reach it, which I did, but with such difficulty that I discouraged others from trying.
As the effects of climate change begin to increase in severity it is places like the Indiana Dunes that we’re going to lose first. While many scientists are looking at 2050 as a point of no return, the Indiana Dunes are likely to be gone as soon as 2030. The matter is serious and trying to talk about the issue to politicians is like trying to convince a preschooler that candy is bad.
So, rather than putting all the images in a gallery that doesn’t look good on your phone, I’ve put them in a video. There are no fade in/ fade out effects. No whiz bang production. Just pictures of what we lose as the reality of climate change comes to Indiana.
Music credit: Viendanza by Fabrizio Fabrilini