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

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Somewhere in between coastal Savannah and Brusnwick, Georgia, lies a community that moves at it’s own pace. My mother and her siblings spent the greater part of their youth here, and I spent many a summer swimming in McIntosh Lake, and taking boat rides down the Sapelo river, to places like St. Catherine’s and Blackbeard Island. Going to visit Granny along the river, always seems to bring me some peace and a renewed sense of inspiration to work with…and after a rather hectic couple of weeks of no sleep, constant cell phone calls, and more projects than I know what to do with, I needed some balance. We began this adventure with dinner at Speed’s Kitchen. But don’t let the name fool you…

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I must say the fried shrimp tasted as though it had just been swimming around in the ocean hours before hand…and they didn’t keep us waiting long…(thankfully we were one of the first tables of the night…)

Yesterday, I decided revisit the Harris Neck Wildlife Refuge…(it’s just a short trip from I95 and you pass the Smallest Church in America on your way…so if you want a quick and free siesta from the boring drive to Florida…I highly recommend. You can drive through the refuge (although some areas are restricted to hikers / bikers only)…but you MUST stop at Woody Pond. It is gator paradise…

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there are no fences here folks…so unless you want your small dog or child to be gator bait…don’t bring them. That said, most of the big guys (ones that could take off a leg) are off shore a bit…but the little babies are within feet of you….(some of which might be able to remove a hand with ease)

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of course, Big Mama Gator had to be around somewhere, so we decided to move along…

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and then we found this…out in the middle of nowhere…no signs to say what it was…it was just there…and the trees had clearly grown up around the structure…

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After examining this interesting find…we find that Granny has been assaulted by ticks…EEEWWW EWWW EWW YUCK YUCK YUCK! Pure panic ensues (actually she and my cousin were rather calm…) but that’s enough wilderness for me. (Oh and thankfully none of the blood-suckers decided to bite granny, just give her a good scare…so no worries there…) Anywho…I returned to civilization, happy to have achieved some balance (if for only a day…) and even happier to have spent some quality time with those I love….(including Vayda-Monkey…who has been sleeping since we got home…)

catch of the day…

October 2, 2007

Yesterday was spent meandering around the Sapelo River, with Mom, Granny S., Uncle Captain George, and Sharon.  Due to a Northeaster, we were unable to cross the sound to my beloved Blackbeard and St. Catherine’s Islands, but we did manage to bring home one rather large catch…surfing the chop down the river, a floating dock.  The great winds must have blown it loose, and we managed to haul it in with us.  It is of great quality and decent size, and the perfect extender to our own floating dock.  Just so happened the little birdie (affectionately named Chip) found our find of great interest, and rode along with us for about 30 minutes…see below….

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loved this picture…although, I can’t remember the name of these birds…

it’s about time…

September 28, 2007

Mommy dearest has arrived in Savannah, and I’ve been racing the clock to finish my Skirt! Illustration so I can spend some time with her. Looks like I will finally get a day out on the boat, best of all, with Mom and Granny, and Uncle Captain George. I’m hoping the weather will be kind, and the sun bright…Would be a real treat to go to Blackbeard or St. Catherine’s Island. I love the remoteness of these locations, it seriously feels like we’ve been marooned even if Captain George is only a few hundred feet off-shore fishing. If you can scrounge up a captain and a boat, I highly recommend a trip out to undeveloped barrier islands…a real treat…

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