(It's amazing how cute and humorous they are when they're not in your own backyard.) WONDER!
Cocktails, served in the hunters lodge, were at 6:00 and dinner, served family style, was at 7:00. (It makes me sad I didn’t get a picture of executive chef Matthew or sous chef Paula. They were amazing!) While still licking the dish which contained my lemon sponge cake dessert, the leading naturalist made the announcement that she thought it would be fun to go to the beach for a “turtle walk.” Thankfully, this was not some weird tribal dance we were going to carry out in the sand after sundown, but rather we were to look for turtles coming up on shore to lay their eggs … in the dark -- without flashlights! Everyone seemed eager to go, so I raised my hand, too. And whereas we didn't spot any turtles, my husband and I spotted a white deer. Yes, white! WONDER!
As I said earlier, I’m not the outdoorsy type, but I did grow up in middle Georgia riding in the bed of my granddaddy’s truck. In fact, it was always the preferred method of transportation for my older brother and me – long before seatbelts were a law. So I climbed aboard, and the rest, as they say, is history. The millions of mosquitoes I would swat and slap over the next 2 days were no comparison to the real bug that had bitten me.
|Please notice the winged creature above my head... That is NOT a bird!|
|A black neck stilt with her 4 little ones. WONDER!|
|Watching from the tower. WONDER!|
|Watching from the blind. WONDER!|
|On Little St. Simons, the only thing crowded is the skies. WONDER!!!!!|
|A glossy ibis. WONDER!|
|A great white in flight. WONDER!|
|A roseate spoonbill -- WONDER!|
|A teenager flanked by adults. WONDER!|
|And this little fellow just seemed to be waiting on us when we got back to the lodge. WONDER!|
|Looking for alligators.|
|REALLY looking for alligators.|
|Looking for rattlesnakes now. Who were they kidding? I was ALWAYS looking for rattlesnakes!|
|Our naturalist guide showing us the alligator teeth marks on this turtle he dug out of the water. WONDER!|
|This is my husband's cap. Notice the size. Still ... WONDER!|
|Yep, the sky was black and bearing down on us quickly. WONDER!|
|Can you say GLORY!!!!!!!!!|
|Oh, my! WONDER!!!!!!!!|
|With our binoculars, we could see many of the baby birds. Wonder!!!!|
Indeed, from learning about the mist that rises from the ocean's horizon due to the gulf stream some 80 miles away to the doodle bug who satisfies its desire by catching ants in the sand;
God answered greater than I could have ever imagined my prayer to be filled with wonder. Yes! There is a wonder-full God!
And I am wonder filled!!!
Just an ordinary moment...