Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Pea Island , holly cow

Pea Island Visitor Center where we spend most of our Volunteer time .that's not snow , just lots of sand .


The view from the porch of the VC before Hurricane Jose came through .


Just some awesome waves

And then the storm hit and now this is our  view from the porch . North Carolina 12 was closed for two days as there was 4 feet of water and sand on the road .

Sand is every where , it sort of looks like a good old fashion snow storm , just a bit heaver than snow .

As I write this we have been evacuated to Alligator River Refuge and w are riding out Hurricane Maria at our time share in Kitty Hawk , it's our Family Reunion time and just waiting for the wind to kick in. From here we can see the 15 foot waves , just awesome and waiting for the word so we an go back to our spot on the Beach on Body Island . Should be able to move the RV back on Thursday or Friday as long as not to much of the beach has been eroded . Ahh, life on a Sand Bar .

Last of Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

On our last tour of the Refuge I managed to get a few good photos of a Swallow Tail kite just soaring above us .

just so beautiful


Getting Butterfly pictures are so hard . Getting the next few pictures we just awesome .


Seeing their face is just so neat .



Part of the job when doing the wildlife drive is to check the porto on the drive I opened the door to check for TP and saw more than a few of these guys .


Managed to a few good Skimmer pics on the pond in Savannah

Just so awesome to se it working .

A good reflection shot .

Big ass grasshoppers .

When w first saw them we had to ask the Biologist what they were .

A Bittern hunting at low tide . The tide goes in and out 10 feet at each tide change .

When they stand up alongside the reeds , they just blend right in .

A very happy Squirrel hanging out in one of the Live Oaks .

Our view of the Total Eclipse .

That was our view  in totality .

So we left Savannah in time to not get involved with the hurricane there but as we at now in the Outer Banks , yep not one but two hurricanes since we have arrived .

Friday, August 4, 2017

A few more missed on the last post

We went to Fort Pulaski on the same day . I also forgot to mention we had a very pleasant surprise as our friend DR Amy drove up from Florida to visit with us . Those in the 6th PA will remember her .


This is a pre Civil War fort that saw a lot of action at the beginning of the war . Damage from the Union Artillery that pounded it for days before it surrendered .

More damaged areas .

The Moat

Tornado damage from this past May. the visitor center was severely damaged and is still closed .

The Fort entrance

A view of the inside from the upper gun level

A beautiful view of the river from a gun port .

And like most forts, it was used to hold captured soldiers .

One of the areas used to hold the soldiers .

A Spider wrapping up a Dragonfly caught in the web.

Pretty much done storing it's dinner

A little one just sunning

I'm just so warm and content
This time I'm really done . Darn pictures just keep coming . At this point I have 17 thousand and it is just over whelming at times .                                                                                                   GAR

Where has Summer gone

Cattle Egrets hanging out in a tree . A rare site for sure as they love to feed on the ground where all the bugs are , when we cut grass it's like being he pied piper of Egrets . They run behind the machines and pick the bugs up as they go .

A Heron giving me a nice reflection picture

We have been so lucky to see a large group of Swallow Tail Kites in the Refuge . We have counted over 50 at times swooping above us . Just beautiful.



Their movements in flight are just amazing , this one went right across the front  of the car as we sat there.




A little breeze to fluff the feathers

An Anhinga once again drying it's wings . I really don't know how well they dry here as it is always so humid here

Yea , still doing so odd jobs here , this light hasn't worked in three years . It was just a bad photo cell .Yes it's just so hot .

A Whistling Duck drying it's feet on the gate post ,  a little odd but cute .

Is it bored or just the heat

We had worked some this past summer with the YCC, Youth Conservation Corp,  group and now it's time for their going away lunch . This is the hardest working group of young people we have run into since we started Volunteering .

Lots of good food all cooked at the Refuge and lots of smiling faces

They all got their Awards for all the hard work completed and were giving their last speeches and having some fun in the process.

Went to a Historic site in the area . We had gone here some 20 years ago and it was worth the return trip, Wormsloe is one of the early Plantations in Georgia. To call it a plantation can only refer to the amount of land that was granted. The house by any standard was not grand at all

The road of live Oak trees was just breath taking

The plaque says it all .

One of the ruined walls of the Wormsloe home still sanding today. It's interesting because the cement is made of beach sand and oyster shells . A little rough , but still there .
We are now down to our last 25 days here at Savannah NWR and are really looking forward to being at Pea Island . I know there has been a lot of news about the power problems there. Well the Visitor center on Pa Island is open and running on a generator until the Utility Power is restored . Which has been promised to be in a week or so. Lots of tourist money being lost . That is a major incentive  to complete the repair ASAP for the contractors insurance company .                                            GAR