If you fly over this coastal area what you will immediately notice are the marshes and dendritic meandering tidal creeks. The tidal range here is around 5 feet, and when the tide goes out, the marshes and mud flats are devoid of water. The dark mud on the tidal flats is sticky and thick and is known as pluff mud. It's often a revelation to those new to the area when they get out of a boat and sink up to their butt cheeks in pluff mud. In fact, there is a bumper sticker that says: "Pluff mud: You never forget your first time".
|Rolling in the pluff mud|
Among old timers, it is still possible to hear this wonderful language. Here is a sample of the Lord's prayer in Gullah being spoken and written:
|Baskets made by the Gullah out of pine needles and sweetgrass|
|Shrimp boats coming in after a day on the water|
More and more people are coming to the Lowcountry because of the laconic life style, the beauty of the marshes and rivers, the architecture, the history, the art, the food and the southern hospitality. So far, the island where I live is still unspoiled--close enough to town to get to great restaurants and "culture" but far enough away that most people don't want to move here. That's a good thing. Mine is a love affair with this place.