How could I not paint a painted bunting after seeing them for the first time?! They really look like flying painter’s palettes–they’re soooo gorgeous! We’ve got a little feeder up on the window and have really enjoyed watching a pair of cardinals come and go all spring, but then a couple of weeks ago, the painted buntings arrived! Every time I see them I get so excited and giddy. They are so sweet and fun to watch. They generally feed at the feeder 3 or 4 times a day and sometimes they perch on the edge of the deck too. Happiness! Here’s my tiktok video of the painted bunting painting process. 🙂
I never r-egret getting up for a sunrise … especially this particular one. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time to witness the magic of this egret silhouetted in flight at sunrise on the beach. Just stunning. There are so many interesting things to observe on the beach at dawn and it never gets old. We’ve seen deer, an eagle, horseshoe crabs, starfish, sand dollars, jelly fish, an Atlantic gannet, osprey, pelicans, dolphins, crabs, herons and of course egrets. And now that May is here, the loggerhead turtles will be coming in to nest. I’m hoping to get to see one!
We have a favorite lunch spot in Beaufort–the Herban Market & Cafe–and we love sitting on their patio and looking out through the Spanish Moss at the sailboats in the harbor. For us Maine girls, it’s just so cool to see sailboats, palm trees, marsh and that gorgeous hanging moss all in the same view. WOW! 🙂
Sunsets over the lowcountry marsh are so STUNNING! We usually just stay put to watch them because the view from the deck is awesome, and as the sun goes down, it becomes more and more phenomenal. And the high tide is always an added bonus. The only bummer is that we often have uninvited guests at dusk. Those darn noseeums (tiny bugs that bite) always seem to make an appearance as soon as that sun gets low on the horizon. We just throw a towel over our shoulders to keep them at bay and watch the magic of mother nature’s light show. 🙂
The other morning I sat out on the deck with my coffee and soaked up the marsh view. The birds were singing, the tide was inching its way up and the colors were calling to me. I ran inside and got my paints and went to work. Half way through this painting the winds picked up and the sky grew overcast … I kept at it and then finally surrendered to the wind and went inside. I put the painting away for a couple of days and went back to finish it yesterday. This piece really captures the joy and feeling of witnessing the marsh come to life on a sunny morning. So special!
I love strawberries, don’t you? And it’s such a treat to get to enjoy strawberry season here in the Lowcountry and then again at home in early July. TWO strawberry seasons! 🙂 Nothing tastes quite as sweet and delicious as a strawberry right off the vine. They truly are nature’s candy. Yummm. Cheers to summer berries!
I love visiting the port Royal Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings. Seeing all of the vendors in the park under these huge oak trees covered in Spanish moss is other worldy, and having access to a summer bounty of produce in April is beyond exciting. I came home with zucchini, summer squash, red potatoes, cauliflower, radishes, strawberries, flowers, collards, sprouts and probably a few other things tool. Thank you, farmers!
I’ve been late to the sunrise every day this week. It’s coming up earlier and earlier and by the time I get to the beach access I can see it beaming over the marsh grass and tidal pools and sand dunes. It doesn’t matter if I make it to the beach before the sun comes up or 10 minutes after, it’s all beautiful. Here’s a painting of the first rays coming through the dune grass at the top of the beach. 🙂
The ocean talks to me every morning. The sound of the waves rolling in along the shore remind to breathe deep. I take in some deep salty air breaths as I walk the edge of the beach with the pups and I can’t help but smile. The beauty, the tranquility, the light. So much to be grateful for each and every day. xox
I never regret a sunrise walk on the beach, even when I’m feeling sleepy, like this morning. It’s always a gift to witness the start of a new day with the pups in the salt air accompanied by the sound of the surf. And the low tide tidal pools are the best for sunrise reflections.
Yesterday I saw a juvenile bald eagle on the beach which was so impressive. I had never seen one on the ground and so close before. WOW! No eagles today, but lots of pelicans and a couple of horseshoe crabs. Hope you are well! xox. Sending love and light your way. xox