Saturday, November 30, 2013

SAVORING LIFE ON THE GEORGIA COAST: Random photos from one day on St. Catherines Island

Hallelujah for deeply appreciating this beautiful EARTH and our presence here. For the Thanksgiving Holidays, my dear Chiboogamoo and I travelled to St. Catherines Island, Georgia, to spend time with my dear collaborator Jenifer Hilburn and the people in her universe. I wanted to share glimpses of my time here, only glimpses now...more to follow in later posts.

CO-PARENTS OF THE LIFE-CYCLE OF THE AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER. Jen and I have been collaborating by phone, email, and skype beginning since we began our journey as co-creators of our book on American oystercatchers when I was on St. Catherines Island, Georgia, in August, so we were delighted to be in each others' magnificent presence once again on this precious island off the coast of Georgia. Indeed, it was something to be thankful for. (photo by Tony Martin, aka Chiboogamoo)
CURIOUS LEMURS. YES! Lemurs inhabit the island of St. Catherines (quite a back story to their presence here--see this blog)! On Thanksgiving Day, my hubby and I were fortunate enough to meet up with two different lemur groups on the island. With sheer pleasure, we turned off the engine of our vehicle and let them sniff and scent wherever they wanted. No, we don't touch or feed them and neither do they. (photo by Tony Martin, aka Chiboogamoo) 
Here is a short video for your viewing pleasure:

LEMUR CEREAL. In our communal kitchen, someone had this fun breakfast food. Trust me, the lemurs on the island eat much more nutritious food than this human food. (photo by Hallelujah Truth)
PALEONTOLOGIST BARBIE INVESTIGATING. "It's possible to understand animal behavior without observing the animal directly," comments Paleontologist Barbie, our esteemed and trusted travel companion. She observes that raccoons have come down from the maritime forest to the marsh for some delicious fiddler crabs. (photo by Tony Martin)
SANDHILL CRANES. It is deeply satisfying to be in the presence of this pair of Sandhill Cranes. They allow you to be near and observe them. When disturbed they let you know by the piercing sound of their haunted bird cries. (photo by Hallelujah Truth)
SPANISH MOSS. Who doesn't love Spanish moss and the way it drapes on trees. Here you can see the natural beauty created by the yellowing leaves of a grape vine interspersed with the moss hanging like icicles. (photo by Hallelujah Truth)

NORTH BEACH, ST. CATHERINES ISLAND, GEORGIA. What a privilege to be with a paleontologist who can look out at this landscape and talk about deep time. For instance, looking at the strand of trees out in the middle of the marsh sitting before the surf--why is it there? A paleontologist might tell you it is because that part of the soil is from the Pleistocene (10,000 years ago) and is more resistant to weathering than the surrounding soil from the Holocene, which has been added much more recently. So we sit there on this bluff being amazed at so many natural history stories sitting before us. (photo by Hallelujah Truth)

I am so thankful to be here now on St. Catherines Island without the intent of research or education. Rather to rest and observe and to discover something new just by relaxing.That's Coffee With Hallelujah! Soul Blog with me and tell me how you are savoring your life today!

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