Wandering Wednesday – Water

I have lived within a few miles of the Atlantic Ocean for most of my life. A dock connects our back yard to a tidal creek.

At low tide, there’s just a trickle of water in the creek.

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Georgia Tidal Creek at low tide

During the low tide, wading birds walk along the creek bed searching for food.

Roseate Spoonbill in Georgia salt water tidal creek
Roseate Spoonbill
Tri Colored Heron finds a snack in a Georgia creek
Tri Colored Heron finds a snack in a Georgia creek
Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Searching for a treat in the tidal creek

When the tide is high, it’s a different world.

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When the tide is high enough, we can hop in the boat and go for a ride

At the mouth of the creek we enter a river and explore the coastal waters.

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Boat ride in Georgia waters near Tybee Island
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Uninhabited Georgia Barrier Island only reachable by boat

And during the summer, when the tide is just right, we can catch fresh blue crabs for supper.

Nothing better than catching, cooking, and eating Georgia Blue Crabs
Nothing better than catching, cooking, and eating Georgia Blue Crabs

This post was inspired by  Ingrid’s Wandering Wednesday.

 

 

Five Years of My Favorite Photos

During the five years I’ve been blogging I’ve posted hundreds of photos. Here are just a few of my all-time favorites .

Pair of Orcas on Columbia Glacier tour from Valdez
A pair of Orcas on Columbia Glacier tour from Valdez, Alaska
Black Bear eating Dandelions
Black Bear beside the road in British Columbia
Bull Elk Bugling in Cataloochee Valley
Bull Elk Bugling in Cataloochee Valley, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC
Bald Eagle at Chilcoot Lake State Park, Haines, AK
Bald Eagle at Chilcoot Lake State Park, Haines, AK
Whooping Crane
Whooping Crane near Goose Island State Park, Texas
Trio of Roseate Spoonbills
Trio of Roseate Spoonbills, Texas
Great Egret with chicks
Great Egret with chicks, Georgia
Vibrant Monarch Butterfly
Vibrant Monarch Butterfly, Georgia
We went really close to Mt. McKinley
Denali, formerly known as Mt. McKinley, as seen from the air, Alaska
Watching for whales in Haines, Alaska
Watching for whales in Haines, Alaska
Polychrome Overlook, Denali National Park, Alaska
Polychrome Overlook, Denali National Park, Alaska
Calving on Aialik Glacier
Ice calving on Aialik Glacier on the Kenai Fjords trip from Seward, Alaska
Blue Ridge Parkway
Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia
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Dry Falls in the Nantahala National Forest near Highlands, NC
Tybee Island Light Station 4th of July American Flag
Tybee Island Light Station 4th of July, Georgia
The beach at sunset
Sunset at Gulf Islands National Seashore, Florida
Double Rainbow after a summer storm
Double Rainbow after a summer storm, my back yard, Georgia

This week in my Butterfly Garden

I’ve been digging in the dirt a lot lately trying to get my butterfly garden in shape after flooding from Hurricane Irma killed most of the plants last fall.

A few of the new plants are starting to bloom. The zinnias I planted from seed this winter are bursting with color.

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Zinnia
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Zinnias

The new milkweed plants attracted their first Monarch of the season this week.

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First Monarch sighting of 2018

The hummingbirds and Painted Buntings have been stopping by the feeders.

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Painted Bunting

This lizard was trying to drink the hummingbird nectar.

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Lizard looking for a snack on one of my hummingbird feeders

Happy spring!

My favorite place on Earth

I’ve had many people ask about my favorite place and the answer is always the same.

There is no place else on earth I love more than my little peace of paradise here in coastal Georgia. This is where our children grew up and where Henry and I are growing old together. I have the best friends and neighbors anyone could ask for and there is beauty every where I look.

Sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean
Sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean
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Full moon rising over the Atlantic Ocean
Sunset in Coastal Georgia
Sunset over the Salt Marsh
Salt Marsh of Coastal Georgia
Salt Marsh of Coastal Georgia

Want to go to an uninhabited barrier island? A boat or kayak will get you there.

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Boat ride on one of the many creeks
Uninhabited Georgia Barrier Island
Uninhabited Georgia Barrier Island
We had the island all to ourselves
We often are the only people on one of the uninhabited barrier islands

Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins are a common sight in the waters.

Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin near Tybee Island, Georgia
Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin near Tybee Island, Georgia

Let’s not forget the birds.

Roseate Spoonbill fishing in Georgia tidal creek
Roseate Spoonbill fishing in Georgia tidal creek
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Osprey
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Great Egret
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Juvenile Ibis
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Wood Stork and Egret
Male Painted Bunting
Male Painted Bunting

Whether you cook it at home or eat out at one of the many great restaurants nearby, there’s nothing better than eating fresh caught seafood.

Fresh Georgia Blue Crabs Caught, Cooked, Cleaned and eaten on Halloween, 2015
Fresh Georgia Blue Crabs straight from the creek to the pot.

I love to travel and always enjoy our wanderings. Every trip ends the same way. I know I am almost home when I start smelling the salt marsh and seeing the creeks and marsh as we drive the last few miles.

No matter where you may roam, the best part is coming home – anonymous