|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|