Sunday, March 22, 2009

Pinckney Island Hike

Todd and I visited my brother Mark and his partner Steve this past week down in Hilton Head, SC.  One of the highlights of the trip was a hike we took on Pinckney Island.  The contrast between the manicured "plantations" and golf courses of Hilton Head and the incredible natural beauty and diversity of Pinckney Island couldn't be more stark.  While lots of animals live on Hilton Head--alligators, ibises, turtles, storks, egrets, herons, etc.--it is a bit disconcerting to see them living on golf courses.  On Pinckney there is much less human intrusion.  I loved listening to the birds almost as much as watching them.  Coots and wood ducks can raise quite a ruckus.

Maybe what struck me most palpably about Pinckney Island was the range of textures and colors.  From palmettos and dried reeds to pines and Spanish moss, it is an endlessly fascinating place, even this early in the year.

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