Photo from a few years ago. Upper reaches of marshes on and around barrier sea islands sometimes form flat salt pans. Flooded with only a couple of inches of sea water at high tides, evaporation in the hot southern sun increases salinity, which settles out into the soil. Only the hardiest of plants encroach at the fringes.
Another side trip (a trend I wish to continue). This one a Christmas present to ourselves. The plan, when T made the reservations a month ago, was to spend two days cross country skiing at White Grass in Canaan Valley. Alas, no snow is hard to ski in. They had a pile not much bigger than a cow pie out front of the lodge with a sign in it, selling it for $120 an ounce.
No matter. No matter even that it rained all weekend. We hiked and explored and read and ate well. No crowds to contend with. Met a lot of nice people, too.