Mother’s Day with my son!

This month, I had the pleasure of exploring Cumberland Island with my son Heyward. He was in town from New Zealand where he is working for Outward Bound. I love it when he is on the island as he’s always game to go on an adventure with me. As we strolled along the white sandy shores, we stumbled upon an intriguing sight—a large yellow buoy that had washed up on the beach. I was struck by its size and color, which distinguishes it from the more familiar red and green navigational buoys. Yellow buoys mark artificial reefs or the location of great fishing spots for anglers.
 
Navigating our ever-changing coastline requires knowledge and vigilance, especially given the significant tidal fluctuations the golden isles experience twice a day. The familiar saying “red right returning” helps mariners remember how to safely navigate through the rivers and ocean, ensuring they keep red buoys on their right when returning from sea. This simple mnemonic is crucial for avoiding groundings, which, as some of you may know, can be a challenging and sometimes embarrassing experience. While I’ve had a few close calls myself, I can proudly say that has never happened when I was at the helm!
 
The dynamic nature of our coastal environment makes it important to understand the markers and signs that guide us. As we continue to experience and appreciate the natural world around us, I hope you will discover a deeper connection to the places we all cherish. I look forward to hearing about your own adventures and if I can use my expertise to help you navigate your real estate venture – perhaps one of the biggest financial endeavors you’ve ever made – please let me know. Keep scrolling down to see the many services I provide to buyers and sellers.

Catherine McCrary

+ The Northern lights sparked by solar storms were visible from Sapelo Island last Friday night. The above photo courtesy of Lesli McQuigg.
 
+ Watch the Full Flower Moon rise at 8:51 pm on May 23.
 
I spotted this oyster catcher the other day from my kayak. I love being in a boat that is so quiet you can sneak up on the birds! Oyster catchers are fascinating to watch, especially as they forage along the banks. With their distinctive bright orange beaks, these birds expertly pry open oysters and other shellfish, a testament to their name. Their strong, chisel-like beaks are perfectly adapted for breaking into the hard shells. Observing an oyster catcher in action is a reminder of nature’s intricate adaptations and the simple joys of quiet exploration.
 
“Sea Fever” by John Masefield
 
I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a gray mist on the sea’s face and a gray dawn breaking.
 

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