When Cocoa was young, I would call her "Satchel's baby." That was her father's name. I think I got that line from some movie staring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. Wasn't she called "Bogie's Baby"? Maybe it wasn't a movie at all. It could have been just an idea I got in my head. Recently, [...]
The sheer size of this tree caught my attention. Part of the tree was still alive and the other had succumbed to the island's high tides. The live oak trees are colonies of life. Resurrection ferns and Spanish moss cover their arms. They are revered, protected by law, and canopies that shield the island from [...]
A few years ago, St. Simon artist Paul Patterson talked with me about the island's original paths to the beach and how they were disappearing. At the time, he showed me one that he had just painted. Because he grew up on the island, I knew he understood what he was saying. New development was [...]
Just living on island time. . . . The hallways make you think you have stepped back in time. And then there was the swing—the one that was in a remote place on the south end of Jekyll Island. We walked up on it and a family was using it all the while laughing and [...]
East Beach is one of my favorite places. It has been for years even in the winter—especially in the winter when the locals use this beach and when they choose to let me share it with them. No words necessary. Just enjoy the sheer quiet . . . .
Even though rain moved in, the beach was wonderful and dinner later at Blackwater Grill was even better. Carl stayed at home with the animals and for the next few days the beach and the island belongs to me. Looking out toward Jekyll Island.
The mornings can be dramatic in the gorge near Toccoa Falls. This past week we have continued to have rain and unusually warm temperatures. Both of these contribute to lots of fog and shiny rain drops.
The call of the wild is always on tap for Cocoa. Here she is beside the wild and scenic Chattoga River.