Twan put together two fantastic panoramas of Stratford Point, both being Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene-inspired. The first is a ridiculously low tide that exposes all of the sandbars and sediment built up in the mouth of the Housatonic River. They are rising in height each year, and it will not be long before we start seeing some permanently exposed. Theoretically, this could be a great development for birds like terns, plovers, oystercatchers, and more that could rest, forage, or even nest on some.
This next photo is from around 8AM on August 29, the morning after Irene.
This was a couple hours after very low tide, -0.5 feet, but as you can see her storm surge was still pushing the water levels up and the tide was not that low. It was a memorable summer. I'll bet if we compare these photos to ones we will take next August and September we will see some major differences. Fall, winter, and spring storms await us...