Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Flora, Fauna, Salt Marshes, Oh My!

Hilton Head Island

We arrived with a bit of daylight left...this was our view 

Skies were clear that evening 

Next day? Rainy early, then clearing
We decided to walk to the beach

 Local squirrel, being squirrelly

Spanish Moss, of course 

Gorgeous flowers

Delicate flowers

We especially liked these! 

And, hey, they had a beach! Coligny Beach, actually

 Clearing skies were most welcome

 A Coligny landmark, so to speak

Lovely flowers below our balcony

Bawdy, naughty flowers

 I especially loved all the turtles we saw!

This one went for a brief ramble 

And then there was this! 

A four-foot gator, right there in our lagoon

We also discovered a more remote beach
We had to walk a ways to get there

 We walked a sandy path through these dunes

 We found this Horseshoe Crab shell on the beach

It had lots of these in it...the Bug jumped when she flipped it over!

 These winged beasts soared overhead

Yep, definitely our kind of beach!

 We had the usual driving misadventures

 There were bridges (Bridge to Hilton Head)

 And more bridges

 High bridges (Savannah River Bridge)

And long bridges (view from Broad River Bridge)

We visited favorite places

There were squirrels in Savannah

And little lizards

We gazed upon sprawling salt marshes

 Pinckney Island oyster beds at low tide

And high tide

And walked a bit along this road on Pinckney Island 

 Moss overhead, of course, and songbirds!

 Moss everywhere!

 Smelly salt marches around Pinckney

And some beautiful, soaring pine trees!


Linda said...

Oh, what a wonderful vacation!! Thank you for sharing so much of it, Rhynes. I could imagine the salty sea breezes, the beautiful flowers and the warm squishy sand. The animals were an added bonus and the bridges looked spectacular!!I especially liked Johnny Mercer in Savannah and the historical family connections in North Carolina. Awesome. <3

Rachel Fox said...