To the Pier

20141204_125642After being on the road for seven months, we are reveling in the pleasures of being in a house again–the roominess, the dishwasher, the bathtub, the kitchen, and the ability to walk to town.  St. Simons is heaven for walkers and bike riders.  Several times a week, I walk to the north end of the beach and then back through neighborhoods or along the marsh.  It takes about two hours, with time for lingering.

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A walk in the other direction leads to the village, the lighthouse, and the pier.  They are only about a ten minute walk from our cottage, if we take a direct route.

At very low tide we can walk south on the beach to the village.  But there is a small point with rocks that become submerged when the tide rises that prevents access for much of the day.

20141204_120026Approaching the village from the beach, you can see the lighthouse, decorated for the holidays.

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We usually walk to the pier and the village on the inland route through a neighborhood of cottages.  The gardens are full of blooms this time of year.

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The village main street ends at the water and the pier.

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I am always drawn to the pier.

IMG_407020141211_150954One evening, I couldn’t stop watching the boat-tailed grackles, ordinary black birds transformed by the lowering sun into iridescent creatures. This one was off by himself, grooming and preening, with full head contortions.

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These three reminded of me of some preteen boys we saw fishing our first night on the pier, each trying to show the others up.  The bird in middle kept puffing his chest and spreading his tail.

IMG_4114IMG_4115Then the one on the left would give it a go, less successfully.

IMG_4135Then they would act as if they were all cool.  IMG_4132The one on the right did not do any puffing, but just gave an occasional squack, as if to tell the one in the middle to cut it out.

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This serene gull sat nearby.

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Until she had enough, and flew off.

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Wrens were flitting between the rocks at the foot of the pier and the huge live oaks in the park.

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20141211_151508The lighthouse is right next to the pier and, on a walk last night, this magnificent raptor was surveying his (or her?) domain from the lighthouse peak.  I only had my phone for photos, but you can see how beautiful he was perched up there.  It looked like an immature eagle–seemed a little large for an osprey–but I couldn’t determine what it was from the ground.  If any of you can tell from this photo, let me know.

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After I walked around the park and headed home as the sun started to go down and a chill was setting in, the bird was still there.

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I came back with the good camera, but he was gone.  The lighthouse’s faceted Fresnel lens, however, was making brilliant prisms of the setting sun.

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What an exquisite evening.

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18 thoughts on “To the Pier

    • St. Simons is really lovely without being too precious. The history of the area also is fascinating and we are looking forward to exploring some of the historical sites.

  1. hey brenda,
    laurey van wagner here! just happen to look at the facebook and see where you are! my sister mary jane owns the bookstore gj ford on st simons in the shops of st simons by harris teeter! we have been going to sea island and st simons for years! you should go say hello! your trip looks wonderful, thanks for sharing!

    • Laurey! It’s so good to hear from you. I definitely will look up your sister while we are here. Funny how your siblings ended up in two of our favorite places–Kauai and St. Simons! We will be here for a few months, so if you get down here this winter, let me know.

      • well my dear, all (23..siblings and families) of us will be there for new years!! a sort of last hurrah…tell it all when i hopefully see you! omgoodness would this be crazy to see you down there after a hundred years! ill give my sister a heads up, her name is mary jane reed-owner!

      • If you have time, I would love to get together for a drink, coffee, or whatever! I will send you a message on facebook with contact info.

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