Cumberland Island II

4.9.12 ~ Cumberland Island, Georgia
4.9.12 ~ Cumberland Island, Georgia

More wildlife from Cumberland Island National Seashore… I should also mention that we only visited a small portion of the island – perhaps in the future we will allow more time in our plans for further exploration of its charms…

The crab below was on the Atlantic side of the island.

4.9.12 ~ Cumberland Island, Georgia
4.9.12 ~ Cumberland Island, Georgia
4.9.12 ~ Cumberland Island, Georgia
4.9.12 ~ Cumberland Island, Georgia

The crabs above were on the Cumberland Sound side of the island.

Cumerland Sound ~ 4.9.12 ~ Cumberland Island, Georgia
4.9.12 ~ Cumberland Island, Georgia
a mummified fish? ~ 4.9.12 ~ Cumberland Island, Georgia
4.9.12 ~ Cumberland Island, Georgia
4.9.12 ~ Cumberland Island, Georgia
4.9.12 ~ Cumberland Island, Georgia
4.9.12 ~ Cumberland Island, Georgia

We weren’t sure if the barnacle-encrusted horseshoe crab (above) was alive until its tail moved. When we took a peek underneath its shell it started moving swiftly away from us.

4.9.12 ~ Cumberland Island, Georgia
4.9.12 ~ Cumberland Island, Georgia
4.9.12 ~ Cumberland Island, Georgia
4.9.12 ~ Cumberland Island, Georgia

Methinks the horseshoe crab was relieved when we finally left the scene.

12 thoughts on “Cumberland Island II”

    1. It was a wonderful place to just be with nature… No restaurants or stores on the island, just wildlife and water and forests as far as we could see. The only amenities were the occasional faucet where we could refill our water bottles and a few outhouses, complete with spiders on the walls. I felt like paparazzi annoying that horseshoe crab as it maneuvered around on the sand. 🙂

  1. Hi,
    Fantastic photos. I bet it gave you a bit of a shock when the crab started to move, that is incredible. I have visions of the smiles on your face when you took the last photo.
    A very nice place, the sand looks pristine, and the what a great spot that is with the table, perfect for a picnic, beautiful view.

    1. Thanks, Mags. We were certainly startled and felt a little guilty, too, about disturbing the horseshoe crab’s peace… Last night I watched a DVD about the island that I bought in the gift shop. The beach stretches for 20 miles with nothing but nature – no hotels, resorts, restaurants, trash cans. They restrict the number of visitors, too, only 300 people on the island at a time. It keeps it pristine. We had to bring our own food and take our garbage home with us…

  2. I can feel the excitement and the feeling of wonder as I looked at the stunning photos. This is one place where adventure begins…thanks for sharing . Take care.

    1. Thank you, my friend. My son and daughter-in-law are talking about camping on the island and if they do I’m sure they will have some adventures to talk about! We saw so much in a few short hours and could only imagine what one might see if they spent a few nights on the island. 🙂

  3. Its always nice holidaying at the sea side place, don’t you agree Barbara? The sand looks to be quite crystalline there. Was it too prickly? I love the cumberland sound picture. looks class! Was it relaxing and peaceful?

    1. When I stop to think about it, Sonali, vacations by the sea were about the only ones we had growing up, from Mount Desert Island, Maine down to Key West, Florida, we have visited many places by the sea up and down the east coast of the US. Obviously that love of the water passed down from my ancestors to my son, because although he moved 1,000 miles away from us, he still lives by the ocean. 🙂

      The sand was wonderful – not too prickly, not too soft – great for beachcombing… Yes, relaxing, peaceful, restorative, serene and healing…

  4. So glad that this beautiful island with all its natural wonders is so well cared for! Again, wonderful captures…and love ‘the story’ about the horseshoe crab. It looks like he could really move when he had to!

    1. The horseshoe crab was making good time – I wonder what it was doing on the beach… I’ve never crossed paths with a live one before… I am so grateful for the National Park Service and what it has done to help preserve natural areas in the country. There are ten National Seashores – I’ve been to three of them now – hopefully I can add to that list soon!

    1. They are kind of cute. 🙂 The one in the second picture was tiny, maybe only an inch or two wide, and it kept running out of the sun to hide under a little pile of shells I was collecting for my sister.

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