Monday, October 3, 2011

Fish Haul Creek Park

At long last a few hours away that made me feel like I've had an entire weekend getaway!

Fish Haul is on Hilton Head Island and borders Port Royal Sound. It's a birder's paradise and an ecological wonder. Every SC Low Country Master Naturalist class gets a field trip here and is warned not to get stuck in the pluff mud.

When Rob and I arrived just before 5 p.m., the tide was on its way out. I set up my chair facing east and reached in my bag for my supplies when I discovered I'd left my travel watercolor palette at home! Luckily the Pentel pocket brush, Micron pen and waterbrushes were there.  A black and white page was not what I had in mind on this beauty of an autumn day, but it did give me a chance to finally play with the Pentel brush. 

We spent about an hour on the beach. The receding tide moved out quickly and shorebirds that had settled on the highest ground at high tide took flight several times, moving farther out into the Sound, landing on newly visible shoals. Pelicans, gulls and skimmers filled the sky! Great Egrets started to collect just past the large rock eddy. They know there's good fishing in shallow tidal pools :)

I love the time of the 'long shadows.' The colors of the marsh grass, ocean and sky were incredible... so many shades of green and blue. But, oh the bugs! AT 5:45 p.m., it was as if someone turned on the bug switch. Boom! They were everywhere. No-seeums, mosquitoes and whatever... Dang.  Driven off by insects.

16 comments:

  1. I bet migration is bringing in extra birds now. They are passing through my yard in WV, especially warblers and hawks, heading south.
    nellie

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  2. Well bummer you were chased out so quickly but you did get a lot done in that time. Great black and white page. Glad you got the photo of it tho. :))I like your chair.

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  3. Pam, I still love the monochromatic color. Love the page layout.

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  4. Hi Nellie! Migration is grand. Yes, I've been seeing a few newbies in our area.

    Thanks, Cris! Yes, I was very thankful I remembered my camera :)

    Thanks, Toni. In the end I was happy my hand was forced :)

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  5. I am so sorry to hear that you still have bugs there! They really can ruin an outing. But at least you got a lovely sketch in for us to enjoy before they drove you away.

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  6. Me too, Gabrielle! Their determined to get their last bites in for the season :) Thank you!

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  7. You could go in with a touch of color now but I like it just as it is - very simple and beautiful. Sorry about the bugs - darned things!!

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  8. Thanks, Rhonda! It's growing on me, too :)

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  9. It looks so peaceful there. I love the ink drawing!

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  10. Thank you, Ann! It is a lovely area for a peaceful escape :)

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  11. Thanks for your comment on my blog and for your prayers -- I appreciate both. Yes, the floaters will settle down in time. And I will pray for your upcoming surgery as well. I actually thought of you when I saw the moon the other night -- you have done so many gorgeous posts containing your moon sketches. I enjoy seeing the way you translate what you see into a lovely sketch.

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  12. You're very welcome, Kate! Thank you for your prayers as well! Our skies were stormy and I didn't get to see the moon for a few nights. However, when I did appear, Jupiter was just to it's right and the storm clouds above.... I hope to do a memory painting soon :)

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  13. ...looks like heaven (sans the bugs!). I've never been here all the times I've been on Hilton Head. I'm going to visit it this year when we go!

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  14. Hi Kelly! You will love it there. Very private and try to catch it as the tide is going out as the birds will be closer in then. Lots of fun to be had there..... for all!

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  15. I love this sketching adventure. Would love to have been there sketching and enjoying the wildlife. Thanks for sharing

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