Monday, December 28, 2015

Trip to Georgia Coastal Isles Part II

Finally! Here are the beach and other photos that I was going to post a couple of weeks ago as a follow up to my first Georgia Coast Isles post that you can read here.  I am afraid Christmas preparations became the priority sooner than I thought they would, and well, here I am just now posting my early December beach photos. I suppose Christmas will follow in a few days. I always seem to be a bit behind schedule these days.  So, let me dive right in...

Cloudy beach day photos.

The south end of Jekyll is protected from commercial development. There is a large Youth Soccer Complex and several parks and picnic areas. Bicycle paths surround and go through a lush wildlife area.The South Dunes Picnic Area leads to a long boardwalk that crosses untouched dunes full of native trees and shrubs and birds and other wildlife. The boardwalk takes you to "Glory" beach where part of the movie, Glory, was filmed.  We found Glory beach to be a beautiful, peaceful and seemingly untouched beach, from which you have a view of nearby Cumberland Island, one of the greatest treasures in the Georgia Coastal Isles. These are some of my photos along the boardwalk and on Glory Beach.

This part of the island is so nicely secluded this time of year. You can see Cumberland Island in the distance, if you look closely.

A better view of Cumberland Island. 

The view looking north.

Another shot of the south view showing the wonderful dunes that are protected all over the island.

It was a beautiful, blue sky, blue water day.

I promised a photo of my handsome better half.

High tide doesn't leave much actual beach here. 

Golden dunes in the late afternoon sunshine.

Well, I hope you enjoyed the Jekyll beach, photo tour. Let me know what you think. If you get the opportunity to visit this Georgia jewel, you will not be disappointed. 



Friday, December 11, 2015

Trip to the Georgia Coastal Isles

We are blessed to be able to travel to Jekyll Island off the coast of Georgia each year about this time. Sometimes we are faced with very cool temperatures and the only saving grace is the wild Georgia shrimp!  This year we had temperatures in the mid to high 60s during the day and a few clouds but mostly sunshine!  I was able to take a few walks on the beach which is my very favorite place to be!
Snapped some photos and thought I would share.

We decided to forgo the Interstate and took the backroads instead. So much more interesting. So many beautiful lakes and ponds, well cared for and so peaceful.  Lots of pine trees, of course! Further south from here, the pine trees are planted for lumber and there are thousands and thousands all planted in perfectly straight lines with amazingly straight trunks rising up to the sun. I am sorry I didn't get any photos of those.

Just so you know, the first two photos were taken out the window of our car, while traveling about 65+ miles per hour.  Turned out amazingly well, I think.

There were murals painted on many of the buildings in the small towns along the way. This one I believe was in Helena, GA. The mural states that it is the "6th Safest City in the Georgia."  

Sunrise outside the back door of our suite.

 A short walk to the ocean. I love the beautiful shapes of the tree trunks on Jekyll.

 So peaceful.

This reminds me of the Yellow Brick Road. I would much rather follow this one to the ocean, than one to see the Wizard! I will post a graphic piece that I did using this "yellow brick road" in the next few days.

One last sunrise photo.

 I will post some daytime oceans scenes tomorrow and some photos taken on St. Simon's Island where we went for lunch one day.  I might even throw one in of my better half, if he approves!

Hope you enjoy!