Morning beach walk

Sea creatures left behind by high tides create curiosity to area visitors

Hilton Head, South Carolina

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Before the crowds morning beach walks give you the freedom to swim in your “jammies” and hope for a glimpse of sea creatures before they hide away for the day.

Sea Turtle Nests

After a rough night, some make and some don’t

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Big enough to nibble on your toes

Seagulls and ravens

Sand fun

The coastline is a beautiful place.  The salt air and the sounds of the breaking waves naturally calms the mind.

Folly Field Beach is a beautiful place to visit and stay awhile.

Winters are mild and short….Mid November – mid February

Bee Happy ­čÉŁ

Alice

Jo’s Monday walk

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A walk on the wildlife side

A relaxing 7.8 mile trail on Pinckney Island S Carolina

Pinckney Island, South Carolina

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Feel free to tag along on one of my favorite walking trails through the salt marsh of coastal South Carolina.  The island is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and has a 7.8 mile trail available for a leisure walk or bike ride.

 

Wildflowers are included among the Salt Marsh plants.  Sea-Ox-Eye, vines and Cattails that produce 10,000 seeds a year surround the ponds.

 

Low Tide

Visiting at low tide allows a great opportunity to view many of the marsh plants and shell fish.  Fiddler crabs, oysters and mussels can easily be spotted.

 

The Rookery

 

Wading birds that nest or roost include the White Ibis, Little Blue Heron, and Wood storks. Wading birds occupy as many as 10 nests per tree in the rookery.

 

 

Storms

Hurricane Matthew 2016 and Tropical Storm Irma 2017, left behind mementos of their visit to Coastal South Carolina.

Salt Pan Creatures

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American alligator, preys on young birds that fall from nests in the nearby rookery.

The coastal marshes and waters provide 70 percent of the seafood we eat. Oysters, fish, shrimp, crabs and more.

I use caution when approaching the marsh areas and ponds.  During low tide you have a better view of your surroundings, and with a keen eye you may spot racoons, bobcats, snakes and turtles.

 

Alice

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