We went out to do a little hiking to the river overlook at Raven Run this weekend. We made a couple of stops at some of my favorite farms along the way. It was a week late for most of the color, but still a beautiful day for a hike.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Monday, October 10, 2011
God's country. noun. 1. an area or region supposed to be favored by God, especially a naturally beautiful rural area.
I can't think of any better way to describe Kentucky in the fall. The hardwoods are starting to show their color and the wildflowers are putting on a show. Goldenrod is everywhere this year giving an extra pop of yellow.
I had an unexpected visit from a great blue heron. He made it perfectly clear he wanted nothing to do with me or my camera!
They were setting up for a wedding near here. Can you imagine the bride's portraits with this as a backdrop?
Monday, September 26, 2011
I spotted this guy at a Georgia rest stop. He is a green anole, common throughout Georgia and South Carolina.
Our black swallowtail butterflies have started to emerge. We released this one over the weekend and had one emerge during the night. No matter how many times we witness this metamorphosis, it is always exciting seeing the butterflies.
"Love is like a butterfly, it goes where it pleases and it pleases wherever it goes.
Love is like a butterfly, hold it too tight, it'll crush. Hold it too loose, it'll fly."
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
While it has not been as productive as last year, this butterfly season has been equally as fascinating. We have enjoyed caring for the eggs and caterpillars provided to us by our neighbor, Betty Hall. We even had a couple of surprises of our own, finding our first caterpillars on the parsley we planted last summer. Still no luck with our spicebush and new milkweed plants. We have had visitors so we are sure it is just a matter of time before we see eggs.
Our first "home-grown" black swallowtail.
At this stage they are basically eating machines so have lots of parsley on hand! Fortunately it doesn't last long as they slow down to begin their dramatic transformation.
Our Butterfly Factory
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
These colorful boats dot the beach and are popular rentals for tourists. They also make nice photo ops. ;)
Monday, August 29, 2011
One place I would like to visit again is the marina. I stopped by on a very muggy, overcast day as a few raindrops began to fall. I first noticed the marina from our van as we traveled over the causeway. I snapped this shot through the window as we drove by.
Walking on the docks is permitted before 6pm, but the marina can be viewed from the surrounding piers anytime. I hear the view is gorgeous at sunset from the Coastal Kitchen restaurant, which overlooks the marina. I hope to take in a sunset from one of the piers across from the marina if I am lucky enough to return to the island again.
Friday, August 26, 2011
Not as fiery as some of the other shots, but I love the soft pastel colors.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
We didn't make a huge effort to go shell collecting, but we did manage to find some beautiful souvenirs while playing on the beach courtesy of Mother Nature. We found most of the shells at low tide when they were left on the shore by the receding water. After boiling, bleaching and some elbow grease to remove a few stubborn barnacles, our treasures shined up nicely with a little mineral oil rub.
The Knobbed Whelk is Georgia's official state seashell. These shells can grow to a length of 12 inches, but most found are from 3-5 inches long. Minerals in Georgia's coastal waters cause striations on the sand-colored surface of these whorled shells.
The kids found many sand dollars. Most were returned back to the water, but we did find a few to bring home. Because they are so fragile, my husband carefully wrapped each one in a paper towel and then newspaper before leaving the island. We were happy to see they all arrived home in one piece.
"The tide recedes, but leaves behind bright seashells on the sand. The sun goes down, but gentle warmth still lingers on the land. The music stops, yet echoes on in sweet, soulful refrains. For every joy that passes, something beautiful remains."
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
|Marsh view from the John Gilbert Nature Trail|
As you cross the causeway heading onto St. Simons, you are surrounded by beautiful marshes stretching out to the horizon on either side. The marshes are a fragile ecosystem, but some of the most extensive and productive marshlands in the world. Marsh grass and microscopic plants that support the food chains of shrimp, fish, oysters and crabs capture the sun's energy and nutrients from nearby rivers. Many land animals also breed and feed in the marshes. I saw a few marsh rabbits and white egrets.
In the 1870's, Georgia poet Sidney Lanier was inspired by the marshlands to write The Marshes of Glynn.
I regret not exploring the marshes more and taking in a sunrise there, something I will plan on for my next visit. We did get some stunning views as we were driving. The bridge in the distance is named after poet Sydney Lanier.
As the marsh-hen secretly builds on the watery sod, Behold I will build me a nest on the greatness of God: I will fly in the greatness of God as the marsh-hen flies In the freedom that fills all the space ’twixt the marsh and the skies: By so many roots as the marsh-grass sends in the sod I will heartily lay me a-hold on the greatness of God: Oh, like to the greatness of God is the greatness within The range of the marshes, the liberal marshes of Glynn
|View from the Sidney Lanier Bridge as we crossed to Jekyll Island.|
|Marsh view from Morningstar Marina|
Thursday, August 18, 2011
We took a trip over to Jekyll Island to visit The Georgia Sea Turtle Center. I snapped this pic. of the island's entrance through the car window as we were driving.
The center is devoted to the rehabilitation of sea turtles as well as education and research programs. It provides state-of-the art emergency care for sick and injured sea turtles. We enjoyed the hands-on exhibits and learning about the sea turtle's journey from egg to adulthood.
Once we were finished inside, we headed out to the Rehabilitation Pavilion to view the sea turtles currently being treated at the center. The kids loved watching them swim around and reading about their history, injuries and care. This was a great educational experience for the whole family and worth the visit to see these threatened creatures in person.
This little guy's name is Captain.
Photog. tip: Flash photography is not allowed at the center and photos are a challenge. If you visit, take along a circular polarizer. It will help eliminate the glare on the water.
Monday, August 15, 2011
The St. Simons Island Lighthouse is one of the the island's most historic and beloved landmarks. It is located near the village and pier at Neptune Park and is one of five surviving light towers in Georgia. It is the oldest brick structure in the area, dating back to 1872. The original structure was built in 1861, but was destroyed by Confederate troops to prevent its use by Union ships. The lighthouse stands 104 feet tall and has 129 interior steps. Its light casts as far as 23 miles out to sea, and guides traffic entering St. Simons Sound. My sons and husband took a Ghost Encounter and were able to tour the lighthouse at night. They were told it is the third most famous haunted lighthouse in the nation!
If you love lighthouses, I stumbled across a neat blog. Lighthouse Explorations chronicles the Stewart Family's adventures visiting lighthouses around the country. They get stamps along the way for their Lighthouse Passport. I had never heard of the passport, but what a cool way to create some amazing family memories!