1. We began our trip in Skidaway Island State Park, just outside of historic Savannah, Georgia. The park is a shining example of Southeast coastal landscapes such as intercoastal marshes and maritime forests. We arrived during low tide, crossing the boardwalk into hiking trails.
2. Quite the subject. My Ukrainian grandma enjoying the sun and view.
3. Stiff grasses and ground palms are natural foliage on the marshes.
4. Dead trees provide an intriguing visual element to the landscape.
5. The marshes give way to live oak forests, heavily colonized by Spanish moss.
6. A large grove of oaks is covered from canopy to forest floor.
7. Spanish moss gives a dreamy, spooky quality to coastal forests of the Southeast.
8. Spanish moss, actually not a moss at all, is a flowering plant that absorbs moisture and minerals from the air. It gravitates towards Live Oaks and Sweetgum trees because of the added mineral content the trees provide.
9. This stunning grove had more Spanish moss than I have ever seen, anywhere in the South.
10. Lifeless trees along the shore can become driftwood, another beautiful characteristic of coastal marshes in the Southeast.
11. Sally, framed by branches, looking intense.
12. We relax at a picnic table by the shore. Also check out my veiny forearm- that’s what months of CrossFit will do to you.
13. So cool- a two story osprey nest, with its’ resident clearly scanning the area from a vantage point. Ospreys, related to the eagle, are fish-eating birds of prey that usually build nests in dead trees.
14. Mossless oaks, but beautiful nonetheless. Skidaway Island State Park had a surprisingly well-kept and diverse nature trail, with plenty of opportunities for great photography.
15. Sun shines through a palm frond on Skidaway Island State Park in Savannah.
16. Stunning- this prehistoric-like view of another forested area of the park shows towering slim pines contrasted with shorter palms.
17. Photo-worthy organisms can be found anywhere if you pay attention. Here, red lichen and tiny ferns grow along a thick live oak branch.
18. Difficult to recognize at first, the underside of a well-used bat house in the park. The Sony A7II captures so much detail, we were able to take a photo of a completely dark bathouse, distort the white balance and see the residents peeking out at house. Look in the dark spaces and you’ll see little bat faces.
19. Moving in to downtown Savannah. Historic architecture from the 18 and 1900s is well preserved.
20. A three-story town home on the famously picturesque Jones Street.
21. An older, plantation influenced architecture style.
22. Many details of ages long past still survive in historic Savannah. Just behind this red wagon, a platform above the curb remains, formerly a step to help wealthy Savannites out of their carriages.
23. The inside of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, gothic yet filled with vibrant color.
24. Intricate detail covers every inch of the church, from stained glass window, to ceiling, to alter.
25. It’s not hard to get a glimpse of Savannah’s past. This history cemetery features many graves dating back to the early 1800s, some with a story to tell.
26. Not ones to miss out on an opportunity to train for our Pacific Crest Trail Hike, we strapped on our packs for an afternoon of sightseeing.
27. Photo-op. Thanks, Mom, for cutting off our feet.
28. Savannah’s many public squares and parks feature below ground doggy trash cans… with QR codes?
29. We picked a great time for our trip. Early April and South Georgia was in full bloom.
30. A beautiful antique fountain, still in use in one of Savannah’s old public squares.
31. Pausing in front of the live oak canopy that lines Jones Street.
32. Cute- a Ford Crown Victoria, half cab, half cop.
33. I looooooove horses. Too bad this one wanted to pay attention to some kid instead.
34. Yes, risk. These historic steps that lead to the waterfront are incredibly steep and polished slippery from so much wear.
35. River Street is Savannah’s kitschy tourist attraction, where less architecturally and more alcholically inclined visitors can binge on fried seafood and fishbowl drinks.
36. A tourist gets a charicature made on River Street.
37. Low Country Boil, a signature dish of the Southeast Atlantic Coast, features shrimp, potatoes, sausage and corn, simmered with spices for hours.
38. Candy store photo bomb.
39. Savannah is famous for its touristy candy shops, many of which showcase live preparation of saltwater taffy, pralines and more.
40. A ghosted Sally watches a well-lit monument from below.
41. Gingko leaves glow bright green in the street light.
42. This was actually a Middle Eastern restaurant.
43. The Crab Shack, a pretty good, but incredibly touristy and kitschy restaurant on Tybee Island, a popular beach spot just off Savannah’s coast.
44. Grandma in awe of the full Low Country Boil + Seafood Platter. Clockwise from left: crayfish, snow crab, shrimp, sausage and potatoes, corn and mussels.