Racoon Family Retreat

Fall is a season of change, as we go into a new rhythm of life with cooler temperatures and shorter days. During September and into October we also experience what is known as king tides when high tides coincide with the days around the Fall or Autumnal Equinox. As with all change, we must sometimes navigate uncertainties that come our way. Take this racoon family for instance – one moment they were in the safe haven of the marsh and then suddenly the rising floodwaters rolled in and forced them to retreat to higher ground.

Everyone who lives on the coast knows that September is the prime month for hurricane season. Fortunately, thanks to the westward indentation of the coastline called the Georgia Bight, the Gulf Stream passes us 40+ miles off shore steering most hurricanes past our area. The last time we took a direct hit was 1898!

Whatever storms you may be facing in life, take time on your journey this fall to pause and enjoy the high tides, watch the squirrels gather and bury acorns for the cooler season ahead, notice that some of our trees do indeed change colors during the Fall, and watch our great expanses of marsh change from summer green to golden ochre and browns with a hint of magenta.

If you are thinking this may be the time to make a change in your current housing situation, please give me a call. I’m here to help you make a smooth transition in both selling and buying.

Catherine McCrary

Mermaid Necklace
Have you ever found one of these on the beach and wondered what it was? It looks like it might be a mermaid necklace, but actually, it is the egg casing of a whelk snail. The string of connected capsules may each contain 100 juvenile whelks. A mother usually attaches the strand to an object or the ocean bottom, but it is common to find them washed up on the beach. If you break open a capsule, you may find very tiny (about 4mm in length) whelk snails that look amazingly like the adult snail.
Bloody Marsh
When was the last time you stopped by Bloody Marsh on St. Simons Island and read the historical marker? It is a fast, but quick lesson in the history of cultural control of the southeastern United States. For nearly 100 years, England and Spain claimed the disputed land between Georgia and Florida. The Spanish defeat on St. Simons Island in the summer of 1742 finally settled the issue.
+ The Harvest Moon rose on September 10 and we experienced very high tides.
+ September 22 is the Fall Equinox which is a midway point of the astrological year and the moment when energy shifts to take us into the next season. Many bird species flock here during their fall migration and it is a thrill to observe them as they feast on small fish and critters in the marshlands.


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