Saltmarsh Thaw

RC deWinter

Fairfield, United States

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© 2013 RC deWinter ~ All Rights Reserved

This is an Impressionist landscape of one of the salt marshes along the shore of the Connecticut River near Long Island Sound in Essex, Connecticut, during an early spring thaw. Vital to the health of the Sound, the long grasses in these salt marshes are rooted in ancient peat and provide havens for egrets, osprey, swallows and many other species birds, waterfowl and mammalian wildlife. The marshes also filter sediment and water runoff before it enters the Sound and help protect the coast from storm surges. The shorter grasses in the marshes need a centimeter or so of tide to cover them to continue to thrive. The possibility of rising seas due to climate change threatens the viability of these marshes. Salt marshes can actually migrate to adapt to changing sea levels, but not where development has eaten into avilable pathways. It has been estimated that with current levels of development along the river and shoreline in Connecticut, by 2100 all existing salt marshes in the Connecticut River will have drowned.

Digital oils from an original photograph shot in April 2005.

Tech specs: Phootoshop 7, DAP



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