Covid fatigue. Frustration with the goings on in Texas. Call it what you will, I needed a little break from anything that required more of me than working in a yard suffering from extreme cold or walking and listening to audio books.
The hubby and I decided a change of scenery would serve us well, so we are spending time on Dataw Island in South Carolina. It is where several of our Maine friends have decided to escape winters, so it is fun to share time with them and explore an area in which we’ve not spent much time.
Our first outing was to the Cypress Wetlands in Port Royal. Groomed paths and walkways made it easy to explore, and there was plenty to see through camera lenses.
Right away was a hint of what inhabited the wetlands and warning of their presence.
Alligators there were, not just one or two but many sunning themselves. Some were so covered with algae they were hard to spot.
Zooming in made me realize alligators are not one of nature’s more beautiful creatures!
Funny how some were not visible to my eye, but photos gave proof they were there.
Second to the number of gators were turtles, big and little. They, too, had a way of creeping into photos. Unless their heads were extended, it was as hard to tell them from the algae as their counterparts were.
More than the gators and turtles, I was fascinated by the birds. There was a great blue heron casting a watchful eye over its surroundings and standing at attention for minutes on end.
A commorant stood still as a statue drying its wings.
Tens of great and snowy egrets and what I think were wood storks relaxed and strutted in the grass paying no attention to human intrusion.
Nestled among tree branches were birds unknown to me.
Maybe those of you more expert can identify them.
Somewhere in the moss draped live oaks were songbirds never seen but whose music filled the air.
So, here I am experiencing new sights and sounds that will give new energy to my head and heart. Thanks for joining me.