Oatland Island Wildlife Center

Located near downtown Savannah, The Oatland Island Wildlife Center of Savannah is a wonderful place to view animals native to Georgia.  Sadly, the center is currently closed after a tornado tore through the center in July, 2018.  All of the animals were safe but many of the structures sustained damage.

When the center is open, there are many educational programs for students. For more information about the center please visit their website.

A few years ago we took our two oldest grandkids to Oatland Island to see the animals. It was such a great day we returned for a second visit a couple of months later.

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Red-tailed Hawk

 

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Red Fox
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Broad-Headed Skink
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Gray Wolf
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Alligator
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Cougar
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Gopher Tortoise

Inspired by Ingrid’s Wandering Wednesday – Zoo

UGA Football Barn Sign

College football season is finally here! For the next three months, the Wandering Dawgs will be making the drive to Athens, Georgia to watch our University of Georgia Bulldogs play on Saturdays in Sanford Stadium.

Along with thousands of other UGA football fans and students, our favorite route to Athens is along Georgia Highway 15. One of the familiar sights of the trip is an old barn beside the highway in Tennile.

About eighteen years ago a message about Georgia Football had been painted on the sign for the first time. Ever since then, the message changes a few times during the year. Now whenever we travel that way we look forward to seeing what new message will be there.

The barn sign has a web page and Facebook Page. The Red and Black featured the barn sign in this article  Painted barn brings message to UGA football, fans for next season .

Go Dawgs!

Georgia Grown

It’s summer in the Peach State and that means fresh, sweet, juicy Georgia peaches.

Peach season always reminds me of my Dad. After he retired from the Air Force in the 1970’s, he and my Mom moved to a farm in middle Georgia. In addition to their summer garden they had a small peach and apple orchard. When the peaches were ripe Dad would call and we would drive the 200 miles to their house to pick some peaches. I can still remember the sweetness of the peach and the sticky juice running down my hands as I stood in the orchard eating a peach that moments before still been had on the tree.

These days I have to be content with buying peaches at a local produce stand. On a recent road trip we stopped at James and the Giant Peach Stand in Ellabell for some fresh Georgia peaches. As soon as we arrived at home I tasted one and them and then made a fresh peach cobbler for dessert. Another night I blended up some Peach Daiquiris.

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Georgia Peaches from Ellabell, Georgia

Another Georgia summer treat is the Vidalia Onion. The Vidalia Onion was named the Official State Vegetable of Georgia in 1990. They cannot be sold until the Georgia Ag Commissioner chooses a Pack date, usually in April. The season continues through August of each year. These sweet onions are only grown in a few South Georgia counties.  Tomato and Vidalia onion pie is one of my favorite summer side dishes.

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Vidalia Onions

 

It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato – Lewis Grizard

The best tomatoes in the world are home grown tomatoes. If you grow your own, you know what I’m talking about. I’ve never been successful growing slicing tomatoes so I buy “Davis Killer Tomatoes” from my favorite produce stand, Davis Produce in Savannah. On a sweltering summer day there is nothing better for lunch than a tomato sandwich. Sliced bread (traditionally white bread but these days I use multi-grain or wheat), mayonnaise (preferably Dukes), and sliced tomatoes with salt and pepper. That’s it! Deliciousness!

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Tomato Sandwich

A favorite southern summer snack is boiled peanuts.  I love sitting around the table with friends and family, a cold drink and a bowl of boiled Georgia peanuts.

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Boiled Peanuts

Georgia is known for other produce the rest of the year. Did you know that the state of Georgia is one of the top blueberry producing states in the country? I look forward every spring to blueberry season. As soon as they were ready this year I bought a flat from a friend’s sister who owns an organic blueberry farm.

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Georgia grown blueberries

Are you hungry yet for some Georgia goodness? I’ve never shared a recipe on my blog before but here is my favorite cobbler recipe.

Easy Fruit Cobbler

  • 1 stick unsalted butter (use real butter)
  • 1 cup self rising flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 – 5 peeled and sliced peaches or 1 container blueberries + 1 TB sugar

Preheat oven to 350. Place the fruit in a bowl and mix with the 1 TB sugar. Set aside.

Put the butter in a 9×9 inch square baking pan (I use metal but a glass pan will work). Place the pan in the oven to melt butter.

While butter is melting, in another bowl mix the flour, sugar, and milk. Batter will be thin and milky.

When butter is melted, remove from oven and pour in the batter. Spoon fruit over batter. Bake at 350 for 50 minutes to 1 hour. Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream if desired.

Many thanks to Ingrid’s Wandering Wednesday photo prompt – food for the inspiration for this post. I take lousy food photos and have been wanting an excuse to practice.

June in the Butterfly Garden

My butterfly garden is full of colorful blooms and the butterflies are starting to take notice.

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Butterfly on Mexican Sunflower
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Monarch on Milkweed
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Zinnias
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Mexican Sunflower
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Purple Coneflower
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Black Eyed Susan

The birds continue to come by daily.

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Male Painted Bunting
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Tufted Titmouse
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Ruby Throated Hummingbird
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The cardinals search for dropped seeds on the ground beneath the bird feeder

Happy Summer!

Linked to Ingrid’s Wandering Wednesday – Flowers

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.