Colors of Summer
“In every grain of sand there is the story of the earth.”
This week my husband and I had a beautiful stroll along Kiawah’s beach and were surprised to find that many of the island’s summer visitors had already arrived. Our beach is never very crowded but we had plenty of company on our walk. There were swimmers, surfers, bicyclists, sun-worshippers and families with children all along the way. The thing that most got my attention though, was the myriad of colors everywhere I looked – especially after the drab browns and grays of winter.
“The month of June trembled like a butterfly.”
We passed many a colorful scene like the one above. I found myself wondering whether the holes were meant to lead one to the water, or to dig to some foreign part of the world! (I don’t know about you but I remember as a child being told that if you dug deep enough you’d reach China 😊).
“The island is ours. Here, in some way, we are young forever.”
We came upon a group of children gathered around a net filled with sea creatures. It turned out they were all being home-schooled and as part of their curriculum they’d been brought to the beach to learn about the various animals within the sea, the importance of the tides, the ecology of the dunes and many other of the important aspects of our oceans and beaches. They had a teacher with them as well as many of the moms. One of them told us that in addition to the lessons they were learning, it was a great way to add socialization to a group of individuals that normally study alone at home.
“Summer’s lease hath all too short a date.”
I would be remiss if I didn’t include the bright orange of our Loggerhead Turtle nesting signs. Each summer, Kiawah’s beach serves as a nesting area for the huge (up to 350 lbs) mama loggerheads who come ashore to lay their eggs. Each nest typically holds 100-150 eggs, which incubate in the warm sand for about 2 months. Once the eggs are buried the mothers return to the sea. Their tiny offspring will most often hatch in the pre-dawn hours. In addition to keeping meticulous records, Kiawah’s Turtle patrols protect the nests from predators like birds, coyotes and foxes. Once nest activity is observed, they are there with flashlights in the pre-dawn hours to guide the little ones to the water. Loggerheads are an endangered species and the patrol’s incredible commitment has increased the ratio of successful hatchings from 2% per nest to an average of 70%. In 2017 there were a total of 354 nests so clearly the results are well worth their efforts.
For those of us in the US, welcome to summer. Here’s to warm sun, cool breezes and no big storms!
All photos created with iPhone 8+
Thanks for visiting!
Looks like a wonderful week at the beach. Did you get to see any loggerhead turtles? Just curious because I’d never heard of them until I read your post.
Actually we live at the beach which is a nesting ground for the loggerheads. Although the get huge (around 350 lbs) the babies are very tiny. I’ve seen a net of babies hatch and also have seen a few adults while boating. They are amazing !
Really wonderful photographs, Tina, especially “The Big Dig.”
It’s so colorful, and is absolutely the picture of summer.
Have a wonderful week ahead!
Thanks Lisa! Hot as blazes even up here in the mountains
Wonderful pics, especially the umbrellas viewed through the balustrade & the kids. Reminds me how I’m missing summer, here in the middle of the (admittedly mild) Aussie winter.
Thanks Maamej, summer has come on very strong this year. Hard to believe it’s only June!
Your featured image is brilliant, Tina!!
Thanks so much😊
Great theme and interpretation, Tina!. In fact, I’m going to “borrow” your idea and post my “Colors of Portugal” — hopefully tonight:)
Happy to “share” Svetlana, it’s a great compliment. 😊
Delightful photos of summer!!
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A lovely uplifting post Tina. Thank you. We all need one in these difficult times. Interestingly when I was a little boy digging holes in the sand, I was told if I continued digging I would reach Australia 🙂
Thanks Andrew, so true. Nice to tune out for a bit. Australia seems much more popular than China !
Your iphone photos are beautiful, Tina, so vivid and sharp! So interesting to read about the turtles and nice to know so many caring volunteers are out there doing their part to guide the babies to the ocean. Must be a sight to see! You must be slightly clairvoyant–my Sunday Stills theme for July 1st is “Summer.” 🙂
Thanks Terri – have actually seen quite a few “summer” posts this week. And why not – summer is DEFINITELY here, at least in the south!!
Oh it’s here all right…another week of 90+ temps here in Northern California! At least its a dry heat 😉
Happy summer season to you too, and may the tourists leave room for the residents to continue to enjoy the beautiful island as well.
Excellent choice for a summer wish Judy! Your lips to God’s ears as they say!
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wonderful ‘summer’ post Tina….love seeing the beach from the mountains up north. Growing up vacationing on the jersey shore, i too was told i could reach China if i dig deep enough😘
Thanks April – happy to know it wasn’t just MY parents who lied to me about China LOL!!!
I love the repetition in the photo of the umbrellas and the bright colors of the children!
Thanks Jean, it was a fun day
No, I was told I’d reach Australia!
Love your beautiful beach, Tina. Happy to see you also have turtles nesting! I would like to see the little ones one day, crawling towards the water and a life at sea. great series as always. And Shakespeare is my man.
Thanks Ann-Christine. I’ve seen them, Ottawa a miracle here on earth
Miracles everywhere, but some are even more fantastic, like the turtles.
While the first picture is more symmetric the second one is mysterious because it shows activity devoid of people. Loved your pictures, Tina!
Thanks so much are!
Delightful! Summer is here!
I love that first image.
Thanks Amy! Lots to love here in the summertime – except the humidity!!
“The month of June trembled like a butterfly.” Lovely!
I thought so too! Thanks
Lovely post Tina
You are welcome Tina
It is lovely to read the beach isn’t always that crowded. Lol at being told as a kid you might reach China if you dug deep enough. You do wonder how deep you need to dig if you were to reach the water…or the other side of the world 😂 It also sounds Kiawah is a cozy nesting point and you get to see many birds as they come and go. Happy summer, Tina 😊
Hi Mabel, and thanks! Yes the birds here are absolutely amazing also!
Thanks for this colorful welcome to summer. And what great news about the turtles. Especially love the opening quote!
Thanks Patti—I loved that one too 😊
Lovely summer colours. I love looking for bright colours to photograph and actually have a couple of similar blue parasols! In England we were always digging to Australia 😀
Oh, and forgot to say, great news about the turtles!
LOL re digging to Australia! Thanks Jude
Love your photos. Making me long for our annual trip to Pawleys the last week of July. However, we won’t see a row of gorgeous blue umbrellas! Those are great.
Thanks Rusha. Love Pawleys. It’s about an hour north. We’ll have made our escape from the heat by then but enjoy the ocean breezes. Can’t beat ‘em!
Splendid shots! And I so love turtles I’m so happy to know there’s a beach near you where they can come, nest, be protected and hatch to a beautiful life! Thanks for sharing! Xoxoxo
Thanks Juls,my pleasure. The turtles are a very special element of nature on our island
Beach without children is not a beach at all. Oh, a place for turtles. Sweet. Happy Summer, Tina.
Thanks Perpetua! I agree, the kids make the beach! And boy were they having a ball!!
Another beautiful and meaningful post, Tina!
Many thanks Lindy!
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Oh the familiar sites of summer! Love the little home schooled bunch…
They were adorable, and SO focused!! Thanks Miss L
It must be amazing to live close to a beach where turtles nest!
It sure is! The little ones struggling to the water are so adorable!
We’ve just had a day at the beach today – all the family love it, especially the young ones!
Oh, yes–digging holes always led to China!
Fun beach shots, Tina. Terrific umbrellas and love the kids huddled. Happy Summer!
Thanks Jane! As u know, best place to be when the summer’s sun is upon us! Figured you’d like the kids 😊
incubate in the warm sand for about 2 months, how clever!
Happy summer, Tina. 🙂
Yes, no big storms! Happy summer, Tina.❤️
Thanks Sharon, had a happy summer to you too. Were your ears burning today? Spent some time w Andy and Diane at the SP pool today. We all miss you both😢😢
Miss you, too.❤️
I love see your photos of Kiawah. Beautiful!
Thanks GF, a great spot when Mother Nature turns on the heat!!!
The colorful shirts and items on the beach really make your photos pop, Tina. I also like your header’s POV and how you managed to get so many umbrellas in the squares of the railing.
Thanks Allan, especially for noticing the header. I Always try to Do Something appropriate toThe Post but suspect most readers never notice it😩
I love headers. They can help set the tone for a post.
Great post! Amen to “no storms”!
😊😊. No kidding!
Love the pics. I always enjoy your talent.
Thanks GF. Hope summer’s come your way too!
Happy summer, Tina! As an aside, did you ever read Rachel Carson’s ‘Silent Spring’?
Have not but looking for a good read. Will give it a try
Carson wrote of man’s indiscriminate use of pesticides in the environment in 1962…..will we ever learn?
I enjoyed the trip to the beach, Tina. 🙂 I especially like the first shot. The sky and the umbrellas are marvelous! Happy summer to you too!
Thanks Patti-it’s the place to be when summer’s heat moves in!