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Cumberland Island

One of my favorite places to visit to feel completely disconnected is Cumberland Island. I had been reading about the island while seeing all the pictures of the Dungeness remains and the wild horses and instantly knew that during our trip to St Marys, Georgia we were going to hop on the ferry to the island. We picked a day and headed to the ticket office for the first trip out. It was an overcast morning, sticky with southern humidity despite being September, but there was also a nice breeze bringing the clouds in and out. Once on the boat we saw lots of gulls snatching fish out of the water, waiting for the turbulence from the engines to stir up a good snack, and a few egrets in the marshy areas, popping out along the grass like bright stars on a dark night.

After docking, we were greeted by park staff who gave us a briefing on the relevant information for the days journey, such as beach closings and stern warnings not to pet the wild horses. From there, we were free to explore the island at our own pace. We were lucky enough to have a small group traveling to the island with us, and only saw people on the paths a few times, else we were mostly alone; just us, the horses and turkeys, wild and free.

 
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Okefenokee Swamp

When I was in 5th grade we took a trip to the Okefenokee Swamp as a class. I enjoyed seeing so much of the wildlife and feeling like an adventurer. I said then that I would go back as an adult, at least once. During a trip to St. Mary’s, Georgia we took a day trip to the Okefenokee and I enjoyed it as much, if not more, as an adult. Being able to wander through the non-swamp parts of the park at our own pace was nice, as was the boat tour with a lovely guide who lead us through the water where we were able to see loads of alligators and birds, fish and frogs, in addition to all the different variations of plant life from lily pads to Spanish moss.  Spanish moss is one of my most favorite things: seeing it means we’re getting close to the beach, to the areas that hold so many of my most cherished childhood memories and it signals that it’s time to roll the windows down for the smells that the ocean breeze whips in.

These pictures here are some of my favorites from our trip.  This trip also brought back to life my love for photographing nature and landscapes. Enjoy some images of wildlife and tranquility.

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