Took until she was 5, but she decided enough was enough and got into the waves. 'Nuff said.
LIli watches an osprey
Lili watched as an osprey made a valiant attempt to get breakfast. And failed.
Footprints in Sand
I just love little footy-prints in the sand.
The day turned out to be as scorching as this sunrise promised.
Kitty Hawk isn't nearly as desolate as this picture makes it seem.
Shells and Sand
Common mussel shells don't look so common up close
I've always had a gift to finding four-leaf clovers. The ones with rounded leaves and a curved white arch are usually the most prolific. There, lucky protip for you all.
I always confused these guys for Monarch Butterflies when I was a kid.
I've no idea who this little guy is but he was digging on my clover flowers.
So we're on the deck of the Kitty Hawk rental, and Daddy starts pretending to throw bread crumbs in the air. Turns out gulls aren't very smart, 'cause these guys just KNEW they were really really SMALL crumbs.
This little guy made me wait in Daddy's backyard at the bird feeder for HOURS before he deigned to show up.
Sunrise at Isle of Palms
Captured week of Aug 18, 2013
The salt marsh has myriad little canals that seem to lead somewhere but that can quickly turn into dead ends.
Sandy Toes 2: the Reflection
I love how the sand was so smooth that it was like walking on (or sitting on) a mirror
This little flock of sandpipers worked diligently to eat everything in sight.
Yeah, oysters spit. Well, they purge air as the tide recedes. No, I didn't know either.
Morris Island Lighthouse
The lighthouse actually is about 20 or so meters offshore of Morris Island. Not as famous as the lighthouses of the Outer Banks but very pretty.
Retta the Loggerhead
This is Retta, a loggerhead turtle at the South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston. Scuttlebutt has it they feed her before the sharks so she won't bully them out of their meal.
Snail shell: macro
This is a broken snail shell that had just washed up on shore.
Moon Jellyfish in Purple
He's not really purple; it's the mood lighting in his tank.
Marina under heavy clouds
These heavy clouds cancelled our first tour of the salt marsh. The theme song to Gilligan's Island was running through my head the whole way back.
Liam and his Dump Truck
His reflection on the wet sand is so clear it's like he's sitting on a mirror instead of crushed bits of shell and rock.
I sometimes think this should be called Liam's SMIRK.
Egret on an oyster bed
This egret was in the salt marsh of Folly Beach, SC, waiting patiently for a snack.
This little guy was hanging out on Morris Island, SC. Presumably hoping for some lady lovin'.
This guy came by our tour of the salt marshes of Folly Beach to say hi.
Blown Glass Windows
In Charleston, some of the bigger OLD houses have blown glass for window panes. Absolutely stunning, and can you imagine the replacement cost?
He lives at the South Carolina Aquarium.
Makes me wanna go right back.
Bald Eagle - Head
I loved how the black and tan sands mixed on the Isle of Palms, especially during high tide and its rougher waves.
Lili has a happy smile. And maybe a secret?
Lord, when you tip over that child's giggle box, there's gonna be an EXPLOSION of laughter.
He was actually waiting rather impatiently for the car's oil to be changed. He looks worried to me, though.
Where would the kids be at the beach, if it weren't for toys that can hold sand?
Isle of Palms Sunrise
This is the sunrise the first day we arrived at Isle of Palms in 2013. You can see rain off to the north. Never came on shore that day, though.
The long walk across the dunes to the shore of Isle of Palms is filled with these heavily-weighted grasses.
Dune grasses: closer in
And here we can see a little more detail of these lovely dune grasses.
Boats and Reflections
These boats sat on a glassy, calm bay in the salt marsh of Folly Beach.