Yesterday morning the dogs and I walked to the shore of Metompkin Bay. I had my camera with me, because you never know what you might see, but I was not expecting anything special. My assumption was wrong.
Most of the color and interest was coming from the the marsh grass (Spartina alternifolia and S. patens), seaside goldenrod (Solidago sempervirens), saltbush (Baccharis halimifolia), American glasswort (Salicornia virginica)and something I could not ID.
The most surprising color came from the Salicornia, which is an interesting plant in that salt water does not phase it, it is edible to humans and livestock, can be processed into a biofuel, and look at the unreal fall color!
Monday's forecast for the Atlantic side of the Eastern Shore calls for anywhere between 4-10' tides depending on who you believe, so all of this will likely be flooded over. The area is no stranger to hurricanes and the landscape will recover in time, maybe even a little quicker than some of the people Sandy will touch. It appears it will be a life-changing event for some.