What's This? The results....

Yesterday I posted this photo and asked you lovely readers to identify it.....

The answers included "roots of some kind, extreme close-up of my pubic hair, George Clinton's hair, a broom, internet cables, mangrove and palm tree roots". The winner is "My Guey" with her answer of palm tree roots! My dear, you have won my respect, my un-dying devotion and 10 points, congrats!

I'm amazed that these trees that can reach such heights are supported by such measly little root systems. I'm saddened to see how the erosion of the beach is affecting Playa del Carmen, this poor little tree might not last if the erosion continues to get worse. I hope the beach recovery program gets going in time to rescue not only the tree, but the cabana beside it, any more beach loss and that cabana is going to be in big trouble!

Here are some longer shots of the same palm, you can see how almost all the roots are bare. Notice the red "DANGER" tape on the cabana? Normally I would think "crime scene", but the only crime here is the terrible toll nature has taken on this little piece of paradise.

Currently the beach recovery program is slated to go ahead in the new year, though firm dates and details have yet to be announced. There has been a lot of back and forth and bickering and changing of minds in the process of getting the project underway, when I know something for sure, I will post it. This is an extremely vital undertaking, without beaches, the whole area could lose thousands of tourists and millions of dollars, I hope the politicos and hotel owners get it together and get rolling soon! Once implemented, the project will be set to repair the beaches in Cancun, Isla Mujeres, Playa del Carmen and Cozumel. Can't wait for things to get started!


Those white beaches are truly remarkable. The beauty is inspiring each time you view it.

Pre-kids, we would scuba dive in Cozumel. We love it there.
My Way said…

But I am sad that the beaches are so crappy right now. It's scary since the sort of "just" fixed them. When they did do the beach recovery, they didn't put systems in place to make sure that the sand actually stayed on the beaches. And now it's in the same situation it was (almost) after Wilma.
Heather said…
Awww the erosion is so sad but so natural. I would have never guessed those were palm tree roots. WOW!
Islagringo said…
Isn't it sad that we have to post these kind of pictures. We should be showing long expanses of pure white sand. I hope they get going on this recovery project soon.
CancunCanuck said…
American Mommy- Awww, aren't the beaches sublime here? I lived in Cozumel my first six months in Mexico, it will always have a soft spot in my heart.

My Guey- It really is sad that they didn't fix'em right the first time. I sure hope they do it right in the new year! Thank goodness we have a car and can head to Puerto Morelos or Isla Blanca for some fab beaches.

Heather- Well, the erosion is partly nature, partly over development and building too close to the shore. Sad but true.

Gringo- I'm with you, I hate posting pics of devastated beaches. The project is supposedly going ahead in the new year, but you know how things work (or don't)....

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