A special place

"If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, it is a special place where I spend my afternoon."

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


The Big Picture
    With a recent turn of events, there's been a lot of time, to sit and reflect on how I came to live on St. George Island, the people of the island, and the beauty that surrounds it.
    And it made me think of reflections you can see, if you're kayaking on the Apalachicola River, or on any of the creeks that branch off of it.
 Sometimes, the waters are as calm as glass, and it can make you feel like you're the focal point of a painting. But it's when you explore the shoreline, that your imagination is set free!.  
A smile
     Reflections are different with every passing minute. The time of day, the calm of the waters, or the time of year, are all things that determine what you might see in a reflection. It's up to your imagination. Two people can look at the same reflection, and most of the time, they're going to see two totally different things.
   I have a friend from Vermont, who's a very talented artist. You might describe her work as being a little abstract. And she has ability to see things differently than anybody else. 
   We've been kayaking together, but, I never saw "The Swamp Queen" until she showed me the picture. As a matter of fact, there were a lot of things I wasn't seeing!  So, it was time to stop, and take a closer look. Really take time to reflect.
The "Swamp Queen"


The ripples in the water are a give away for which side's up.

A classic Grateful Dead poster. And more.
Some reflections are simpler than others.
I sat and looked at this reflection for a long time before I focused in on the "River Princess"

Such beauty in a simple reflection
At the end of the day, the beauty is twice as beautiful
You never know what might be looking out at you from deep inside a reflection. Use your imagination!

**I'd like to dedicate this post to Dorothy, my artist friend, who taught me to see things in a different way.

Monday, January 5, 2015

The Year in Review


A shrimp boat heads out of Apalachicola, through the deep water channel.
"Island time" is a  way of life. A state of mind. It doesn't necessarily mean, "slow". Although, the people on St. George Island, generally don't get in a big hurry. Being on "island time", simply means, you don't need a clock. Things'll get done. Don't worry. 
   Time isn't wasted. On the contrary. You make the most of it, and enjoy every minute of it. The word "late", is rarely used.
    Not everyone can adjust to it. But if you find yourself living on "island time", you'll have a better understanding of "less is more". The less you try to fit into one day, the more likely you are to remember what you did. The downside to living on "island time", is sometimes there just aren't enough hours in the day. I'm anxious to share more of my "Island Life", in the coming year. But in order to share more, I'm going to write less. Sometimes, pictures will be all that's needed, for you to enjoy St. George Island, and all the fun, and beauty that surrounds it.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
In July, this 60 foot, 100 ton lighthouse, was moved from Cape San Blas, where it had been standing for 100 years, to Port St. Joe, about 30 miles from St. George Island. In 2012, hurricane Isaac washed away so much of the shoreline, Elgin Air Force Base, who owned the land that the structure stood on, deemed it surplus. So, with private donations, and state appropriations, Port St Joe raised over $1,000,000 , and the Dept. of the Interior, deeded the lighthouse to the city.  Two keeper houses, and an oil house, where also a part of the 900  foot convoy.
This 13 foot tiger shark, was caught in the gulf, off the shore of St. George Island. Needless to say, this picture got in the  local paper with a warning to keep an eye on your dogs and children! There are many sharks in these waters, including hammerheads and nurse sharks too.
Ospreys and eagles were plentiful this year, on and around the island
A juvenile bald eagle landed in a pine tree, right in the back yard!
Kayaking on the creeks and rivers, in the area, offers an endless amount of beauty.
Gadson Creek
The year has been extremely hard on the oyster men. With very few viable oysters in the bay, it's a possibility the bay will be closed down for oystering for an extended length of time. This will give the bay time to recover from over oystering, and the lack of fresh water, that's needed for the oysters to grow.
On the 12 miles of beaches, on St. George Island, there were over 200 loggerhead sea turtle nests this year, which is about average. St. George Island is a known nesting site for the endangered turtles, and they're monitored very closely by many volunteers. The chances of seeing one hatch, are slim, as they usually hatch at night.
We didn't break any records, but the first annual paddle jam was a huge success.
The monarch migration didn't seem as plentiful, as in past years. But, they still made a stop on the island, on their way to Mexico.

Many odd things were picked up for the coastal clean-up. Being the coordinator for Little St. George was a rewarding task. The volunteers, and myself, gathered up over 500 lbs. of trash. And picking up on the entire little island was impossible.
It's always fun, seeing a new critter, that you don't see up north.
And this was certainly a new one on me!!

It was speculated that an early cold snap may have been the reason, thousands of jellyfish washed up on the bay side of the island. It was not a pretty sight.
It just doesn't seem natural to see icicles on the island. But last winter, even the island had record low temperatures. 
A good time was had by all at the Mardi Gras parade last year!
There are no words to describe the beauty of the eclipse we had last year.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The sun sets on another year. And this is just skimming the surface, of the fun and beauty that surrounds you, when you live the "Island Life". To all that follow this blog, may the New Year bring you as much joy, as St. George Island, brings to me.