Sunday, August 24, 2008

A special place






I wanted to share with you some photos of a unique property that the state just acquired. It is over 4,500 acres of forest, fields, archaeological ruins, and a beautiful beach. It was deeded to the state following the death of the lady who lived there for many years. Her act of generosity is uncommon in these times when such a large piece of property would be devoured by developers. Instead it is to be maintained as a wildlife management area.

I was fortunate to be able to go there before it was opened to the public. There were so many shells on the beach. Unfortunately, overly zealous members of the public have been carting off the shells. We've had to post law enforcement officers and staff there to prevent the removal of more shells and to prevent damage to the archaeological sites. In short, the gift of this plantation has become a headache because of its high use and abuse of regulations by the public.

All that aside, it is a beautiful place. Stop by sometime if you're in the neighborhood.

14 comments:

  1. It is a wonderful place. I went a few weeks ago and went crazy taking pictures on the beach.

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  2. Great post. There was something similar to this when I worked for the South Carolina State Park Service. One of the parks had a small area that was owned by the Department of Natural Resources associated with it. There are some rare plants and other rare things about the property. It was not publicized exactly for the reasons you wrote about in this post. It was listed as a natural area, but not publicized by DNR or us. To me that is sad. Another park that is in North Carolina used to have venus flytraps on its trails. Not anymore after the public learned about it. And people wonder why we need the ESA.

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  3. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

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  4. How right you are about the land. A rare gift. We went to a beautiful little park & beach in the Florida Keyes that a couple had deeded. It was small & quiet, a perfect little pocket. Later we saw a wedding take place there. If not for the couple, a huge oceanfront house would have been there instead.

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  5. beautiful...
    love that old little building...

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  6. Beautiful! Stop by? Where was that, again? Are you S Florida, I've forgotten (as if I ever knew!)

    Again...beautiful! The gift AND the giver.

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  7. Hi Syd,

    What beautiful, peaceful pictures. The actual setting must be even more serene than I feel just looking at them.

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  8. i also wanna go there. it looks absolutely amazing... i'm glad it's being preserved.

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  9. wow, I'd love tom stop by that is.

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  10. Love the pictures - it looks amazing. Cat

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  11. The picture of the beach and trees remind of South Carolina when I used to live in Cola and we would head to Garden City and then to Chas.

    Simply beautiful.

    I miss SC. I consider it my home. Great pictures Syd. You are a great photographer.

    Joe

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  12. People can be so totally obnoxious.

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