If you've lived in Ocean Pines long enough, then I don't need to tell you just how much the area has changed over the years. Some of it is for the better, but many of the changes have only served to detract from the natural beauty that has drawn so many of us to the area.
Here are a few photos taken in areas that have recently been severely impacted by our growth and development.
The photo above was taken last Spring. This is an area situated between the North Gate of Ocean Pines, and Rt. 90 (south of Cathage Road). All of this vegetation, and all of the trees have been cut away. There will soon be a new medical facility located here. That's all well and good, but I'm certainly going to miss the trees and flowers.
Bainbridge Park, Ocean Pines, MarylandThe trees and vegetation are now gone.
This photo was taken during the summer, at one of my wife's favorite spots for her daily runs, Bainbridge Park in Ocean Pines. All of the trees by the side of this beautiful pond are now gone. I suppose the area was in need of some manicuring, but there was no need to take away ALL of the vegetation. Those trees provided refuge to hundreds of birds, and other forms of wildlife. I'll bet that they also helped prevent soil erosion, and acted as a buffer against the run-off of chemicals, and pollution into the pond.
This post isn't intended to point fingers at anyone, or to make a political statement about growth and development. I just wanted to point out of few of the things that I'm going to miss as our community grows, and to remind us to think about our natural surroundings as we move forward together into the future.
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