Little St. Simon's Island. A Privately owned Barrier Island off the Georgia Coast. The island was opened to the public as a private nature preserve/resort in 1979.
Our group of 14 spent 3 days exploring the 10,000 acres of maritime forest, marshlands and beaches. We biked, hiked, canoed, swam, fished and enjoyed the wonderful food and accommodations the island offers. Above is a photo of the Hunting Lodge, the central building which houses the dinning room, lounge and offices. The lodge was as interesting to paint as the ever changing marsh viewed through the trees. The breeze kept the copious spanish moss moving.
The porches and decks also gave me comfortable locations to sketch and paint from. Below is a two page view from one of the decks.
Sketching and painting were great early morning activities I could do while drinking coffee and bird watching with the rest of the group. There are well stocked bird feeders around all the buildings, and one of the frequent visitors at that time of year are Painted Buntings. I was glad to have a seat and table to balance coffee, binoculars, camera and watercolor kit!
The below are a set of pages from my journal show the marsh next to the feeder and a pair of Painted Buntings at the feeder.