10.27.2011

Cumberland Island: Beaches

Because Cumberland Island is a National Seashore (park), the beaches are completely unspoiled.
There are no houses, condos, piers, etc. 
Sand dunes are gigantic and tidal pools are numerous.
The Georgia coast is also a nesting ground for sea turtles, so you have to always be aware of their habitats.
The water was a little too cold for me, which worked out fine because we were on a schedule and had to hike a certain distance by a certain time in order to make it to a tour we wanted to go on.
Right now the shelling is fabulous on Cumberland.
The best part is that you can take home whatever you want, as long as it's not living.
That was a little trickier than it sounded.
I am quite the shell finder, if I must say so myself.
I have an eagle eye and the thrill of the hunt gets me every time.
I found several of these beautiful conch shells and knobbed whelks, and I was dying to bring them home.
Problem was was that they were all alive.
If you are familiar with these kinds of shells you know that they burrow and bury themselves in the sand, sometimes leaving only a tiny point of their shell exposed.
So finding one is like striking gold in my opinion.
When we were in middle school, our class trip was to Jekyll Island and it was such a wonderful educational experience.
I found 2 knobbed whelk shells on that trip and I still have them to this day.
Here is a living clam or mussel of some sort. It was huge in person.
We also found some starfish, which were also living, and some sand dollars, too.
This was my favorite find of the day.
Look at the bright orange coloring of the shell-so beautiful!
Of course, he or she was alive and well, so I just carried it around for a while until I had to say my goodbyes.
There were also a few jellyfish on the beach, and I don't know if I've ever seen this particular kind, but I thought they were kind of pretty.
Me with my loot!
The sand dunes are the nesting ground for the sea turtles, so you can't walk or climb on them.
The blooms on this plant resembled cotton from a distance.
So pretty.
The beaches of Cumberland are infused with undisturbed nature and are a great place to just go and relax and forget about everyday life.


"So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good."
Genesis 1:21

13 comments:

  1. Beautiful pictures! :) That plant that looks like cotton is a Yucca plant and they do smell wonderful. We had several around our house when we bought it but we dug them up...the problem is that they hurt and can cut you they are so sharp (the leaves, not the flowers); and ours were along side of a walkway. Knowing me I would fall into them and come out bloody so we dug them up, ha!

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  2. Oh my, it's beautiful there! I would love to hunt for shells. :)

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  3. soo neat to see a yuka plant in a natural territory!!! We have some on our garden - they remind me of orchids!

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  4. I was raised on Northern Cali beaches but ever since I got stationed in the South, I have fallen head over heels for the beaches out here. There is just something magical about them. I will have to add this one to my list of places to visit :) Your pictures are beautiful!!

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  5. That beach is gorgeous! I would love to find some huge shells like that!

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  6. Love Cumberland Island! Looks like you both had a wonderful time... love your t-shirt by the way. TOO CUTE!

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  7. What a gorgeous beach! That orange shell is so pretty! Hope you and Brandon have a wonderful weekend!

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  8. Absolutely gorgeous! and you are a great shell finder! I know those big ones are REALLY hard to come by :) Hope yall are doing well!

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  9. Beautiful pictures! I love Cumberland Island too :)

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  10. Great island to visit as it looks inviting by the pictures alone. You look fabulous even by the beach.

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  11. Such sweet pictures! I just loved them all so very much! I would so wanna keep all the shells I found if that were me... That orange one was super cute! & how can you tell whether they are living or dead?

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  12. What's great about visiting the island is that the National Park Service (NPS) restricts access to 300 people at a time. Since visitors cannot bring bikes or vehicles on the ferry, it's a great idea that visitors walk everywhere they go. By the way, nice loot you got there. We weren't as lucky when we visited the island.

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  13. Now this is what I call conservation. I wish other island destinations have restrictions to the number of people coming in. This way the beauty of the island is preserved.

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