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We had a nice 16 hour run offshore along the coast of Georgia, and we anchored next to Cumberland Island National Seashore and our friends Dan and Carol aboard LUCKY STARS.  Running outside saved so much time we have three days to enjoy and play on the island!
Cumberland has an interesting history, from the early Spanish explorers in the 1500's to the construction of Dungeness - the largest of several mansions built on the island by the Carnegie family in the late 1800's.  Ruins of this winter haven for the wealthy still stand.

dungeness ruins

Cumberland is a barrier island with 20 miles of pristine beach, dunes, a maritime forest, and salt marshes.  The scenery and wildlife are my favorite parts of the island, particularly the very dramatic wind-swept look of the live oak forest.

maritime forest

There is a herd of wild horses on the island, numbering around 200.  They're easiest to find in open pasture areas, but we've seen them on the beach, marsh, and wandering through the woods.

mother and foal

Armadillos are also plentiful on the island, quiet and somewhat shy.

armadillo

Wild turkeys congregate and forage for food - the sunlight really shows off the beautiful coloring of their feathers.  I surprised this one who ran to join his buddies.

wild turkey

We really enjoyed catching up with Dan and Carol, hiking and biking all around the island.  It was great to have a picnic on the beach like we used to do in the Exumas, though we were dressed in a few more layers this time!

beach lunch

Hiking near the dunes, we startled this little ghost crab and he ran behind Carol's shoe for protection!

ghost crab

I had a ball with so many interesting things to photograph.  One morning I got up early, dinghied ashore, hiked in the dark, and waited on the beach for the sunrise.  It was beautiful to be on the beach and to capture a little of the magical early morning light.  After warming back up with a good breakfast, we resumed our hiking and biking adventures. 

gulls


 
2 Comment(s):
Peggy Bjarno said...
Your photos are great, Robin, as usual, but the bird photo is a true winner. Very cool! Thanks for keeping us posted on your doings. It gives us great vicarious pleasure.
January 3, 2011 3:39 PM
 
Summer Wind said...
Very beautiful pictures Robin, absolutely amazing. The horse with the foal looks a little malnurished almost sad. We loved Cumberland Island and thanks so much for giving us a great re-cap. That Island is truly a treasure.
November 29, 2010 12:27 PM
 
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