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Willet, Gould’s Inlet

Willet Tringa semipalmata Shorebird Winter Atlantic Coast Migrant Gould's Inlet St. Simons Island GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

The Willet (Tringa semipalmata) is one of numerous shorebirds you’re likely to encounter at Gould’s Inlet. It’s a great place to look for fall migrants.

 

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Gould’s Inlet, St. Simons Island

Gould's Inlet St. Simons Island GA Beach Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

Located north of the Coast Guard Station at the end of Bruce Drive, Gould’s Inlet is to me the most beautiful remaining beach on St. Simons Island. It is the opening of Postell Creek, which divides St. Simons and Sea Island. It is primarily known as a wildlife viewing area and is easiest to visit in the fall and winter, due to limited parking at the public access point. Currents and undertow here are known to be quite dangerous, so it’s not generally favorable for swimming. When I visited on a cool December day, it was as if the beach were reinventing itself through ribbons of sand, racing over the shore and changing shape in real time.

Gould's Inlet St. Simons Island GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

 

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Wind Worn Oak, Jekyll Island

Jekyll Island GA Oak Tree Effects of Coastal Wind Erosion Windworn Stunted Growth Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

The effects of wind and sand over time stunt the growth of the trees along the shoreline and create magical patterns. This one near the middle of the island was shot at night.

 

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Beachscapes of Jekyll Island

Jekyll Island GA Morning on Beach Before Sunrise Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

Jekyll Island GA Morning on Beach Sunrise Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

Jekyll Island GA Atlantic Ocean Coast Shore Early Morning Light Tidal Pool Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

Jekyll Island GA Atlantic Ocean Beach Barrier Island Sunrise after Coastal Storm Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

 

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Ghost Crab, Jekyll Island

Atlantic Ghost Crab Ocypode quadrata Jekyll Island GA Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

The Atlantic Ghost Crab (Ocypode quadrata) or Ghost Fiddler can be spotted at the edges of dunes and vegetation all over the Georgia coast, though they can be a bit elusive.

 

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Glory Beach, Jekyll Island

Glory Beach Jekyll Island GA Sea Turtle Nesting Habitat Protected Sand Dunes South End Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

Used as a location for the movie Glory, this pristine beach at the south end of Jekyll Island has come to be known as Glory Beach in the years since. An important nesting habitat for sea turtles, it offers unspoiled views of Cumberland Island (seen in the distance) and is a great place to get away from the crowds.

Glory Beach Jekyll Island GA Natural State Dunes Sea Turtle Nesting Area Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

Glory Beach Jekyll Island GA Looking Toward Cumberland Island Sea Turtle Nesting Habitat Protected Sand Dunes South End Picture Image Photograph © Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

 

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Nanny Goat Beach, Sapelo Island

Nannygoat Beach Sapelo Island GA In the Rain Dunes Atlantic Ocean Ecosystem Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

 

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