This is how the Fisherman's Beach has looked since we first visited Marta in 2004 so it was somewhat of a shock when we came home in January after our Christmas/New Year Travels to discover that there had been a dramatic change.
It seems that the trees had been declared unsafe and had to be removed. Sadly nothing lives for ever and we have to accept that Mother Nature is constantly causing our landscapes to be changed, sometimes in very dramatic ways such as earthquakes, tornadoes, tsunami and so on.
A relatively little change like beautiful old trees becoming unsafe seems so dramatic to us but is really not so in the scheme of things is it? We will soon get used to the new look and it will become part of the scenery we are used to, but in the meantime it just looks so strange.
The Fishermen and their wives are certainly going to miss sitting in the shade under the trees, passing the time of day whilst mending their nets.