It’s the perfect day to head to the beach!  If you plan on hitting up Tybee, be sure to stop by Gayle Bolton’s Gallery by the Sea at 1016 Hwy. 80 E.  She’ll be hosting a Garden Party complete with wine, lemonade, and “Mater” Sandwiches!  Artist, Stephanie Dwyer, will be there with her latest bottle trees.  Take a moment to peek inside as there’s lots of new artist work to be had (including some new works by yours truly)  Perfect place for that last minute Mother’s Day gift!  As you get on Tybee, look for Gallery by the Sea on the right side of the road…get lost, call 912-786-7979.  Have a super fabulous weekend!

Funny…turns out more mystery surrounds this place than I had once imagined.  Granny and I jump ship (skiff really), and parade around the white sandy beaches for washed up conch shells…(the biggest you’ve ever seen)…We feel like we’ve been marooned on the place, as there has never been another soul in sight.  Needless to say, even my 29-year-old imagination runs wild here.  So imagine my utter delight in finding out this place was in many ways a small bit of Eden? Just so happens The New York Zoological Society utilizes this remote island to give endangered species from across the world a place to grow and thrive…Grevy’s Zebras and ring-tailed lemurs to name a few.  Sadly, the public is only allowed to access the island’s beaches…but should we come eye to eye with a zebra in the future, we’ll know it’s no mirage.

St. Catherine’s Island

pen & ink with watercolor washes

©2010 Heather L. Young

Sapelo Island

March 24, 2010

So far I’ve only observed this driftwood-laden-land by boat.  I hope to explore the  mainland a little more this summer.  As it is only accessible by boat, I hear the culture has in many ways been preserved.  In fact, the children still take a ferry to the  mainland everyday for school.  Then there’s the Reynold’s Mansion, I mean, who wouldn’t want to take a peek at that?

Sapelo Island

pen & ink with watercolor washes

©2010 Heather L. Young

Bald Eagle

March 19, 2010

The first Bald Eagle I’d ever seen in my life…(in the wild that is)… It was pure chance (or maybe the universe working its’ magic) that we had just been talking about them, when he appeared…at first sitting on the sand bar as if to enjoy a day at the beach.  By the time I got my camera out, he had taken flight, but not before I captured this shot.  We were on the way home, nearly to our dock on the Julienton when he arrived.  The perfect end to yet another magical Blackbeard trip.

Bald Eagle over the Julienton (a lousy title I think, feel free to make a suggestion)

pen & ink with watercolor washes

©2010 Heather L. Young

Back to Blackbeard

March 11, 2010

Not yet…but when the weather improves.  In the meantime, finally getting around to documenting some of our trips.

Sapelo Drifting – (complete?)

pen & ink with watercolor

©2010 Heather L. Young

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11″x14″ – Tybee Island Beach House Sketch

pen & ink

©2009 Heather L. Young

in the works…

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rough pencil sketch ©2009 Heather L.  Young

Back to Blackbeard

May 18, 2009

Granny and I try to take a trip to beautiful Blackbeard Island at least once a year.  We managed to secure the only sunny day  we’ve seen in weeks, and spent 7.5 hours on the boat, crawling (and I do mean this literally, the tide was against us both ways) down the Julienton and across the Sapelo Sound.

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It’s a great way to clear ones head and get inspired and believe me, this trip could not have come at a better time.  There is something so grounding about seeing undeveloped land, places spared for wildlife, and a reminder that things don’t always move so fast.

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No street signs, just landmarks, like “Three Clumps of Trees” to find your way.

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Mossy driftwood along the banks intermingled with fresh new growth.

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We’ve docked here before and explored the lush grounds, but “the snakes are movin’ ” as Granny says, and well, I just can’t handle snakes.

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We did, however, wander all the way up the creek that separates Blackbeard from Sapelo Island, to a magnificent white sand beach.  (See this photo from a previous trip)  We spent a good hour or so of our day collecting sand dollars (long since dead and bleached from the sun), conch and clam shells before heading back across the sound…bliss I tell you, sweet bliss.