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Nanny Goat Beach

Tidal Dunes Nanny Goat Beach GA Sapelo Island Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

This is my favorite beach in Georgia, characterized by pristine dunes and miles of “no people”.

Nanny Goat Beach GA Sapelo Island Pristine Atlantic Coast Barrier Island Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

It’s also the nearest beach to Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary, one of the largest near-shore live-bottom reefs in the Southeast. It’s located sixteen miles east of Sapelo Island.

Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary Sign at Nanny Goat Beach Sapelo Island GA Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

http://graysreef.noaa.gov/about/location/welcome.html

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Eastern Wood-Pewee, Hog Hammock

Eastern Wood-Pewee Migratory Flycatcher Sapelo Island GA Hog Hammock Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

A small tyrant flycatcher, this Eastern W00d-Pewee (Contopus virens) was busy catching bugs, which are in great abundance on the island, near the Farmers Alliance Hall during my last visit. I was glad to get a shot of him at work.

Eastern Wood-Pewee Migratory Flycatcher Catching Bug in Flight Sapelo Island GA Hog Hammock Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

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Cow Skull, Hog Hammock

Cow Skull Hog Hammock GA Sapelo Island Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

On occasion, cows can be seen roaming freely around Hog Hammock, grazing on grasses and weeds in the isolated community. While this may seem a random occurrence, it is actually a sustainable practice dating back hundreds of years and the cows’ ramblings aren’t unknown to their owners.

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Abandoned House, Hog Hammock

Abandoned Vernacular House Hog Hammock GA Sapelo Island Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

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Johnson Hammock

House in Johnson Hammock GA Sapelo Island Moss Covered Oaks Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

Just outside Hog Hammock is the community of Johnson Hammock, barely distinguishable but hauntingly beautiful in its own special way. It’s characterized by numerous old moss-covered oaks.

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Entryway, Hog Hammock

Hog Hammock GA Sapelo Island Entryway with Fishing Raincoats Cooler Haint Blue Door Green Trim Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

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Sapelo Island Lighthouse, 1820

Sapelo Island GA Light Lighthouse Station Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

For another view and background history of America’s second oldest brick lighthouse, visit:

http://vanishingcoastalgeorgia.com/2012/09/17/sapelo-island-lighthouse-1820-oil-house-1890/

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Lighthouse Road

Shell Road to Light House Sapelo Island GA Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

This white dirt road, reenforced with shells, leads to the Sapelo Island lighthouse. It can be accessed by the road leading from Nanny Goat Beach to the Reynolds Mansion and affords visitors beautiful views of the marsh and related habitats, such as the pond shown below.

Sapelo Island GA Tidal Pond Petrified Tree Driftwood Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

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Duplin River

Duplin River GA Sapelo Island Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

The Duplin is a tidal river forming the western border of Sapelo Island and emptying into Doboy Sound. It is 8.1 miles in length.

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Turkey Fountain, UGAMI

Turkey Statue Fountain University of Georgia Marine Institute Sapelo Island GA Richard RJ Reynolds Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

In the quadrangle of the University of Georgia Marine Institute can be found one of the most interesting pieces of outdoor sculpture in the state. Richard Reynolds commissioned a large fountain topped with this large turkey and joined by two smaller turkeys on the ends of the structure. I’ve heard that it was “given” to his wife as a Christmas gift, much to her dismay, but I’m not sure if there’s any validity to that story. Still, if you make it Sapelo Island, be sure you visit the Marine Institute and the turkey fountain!

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