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A small Coastal town called Saint Marys, Georgia, United States
Hi, my name is Ronnie. I am an American Contemporary Folk Artist. I conjure up images, then paint them on canvas. This makes me happy. Nice to meet you.

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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Summer Photos of St. Marys, Georgia

Joe and I discovered St. Marys over eight years ago. We fell in love with this unpretentious, friendly, quirky town. This is not a resort town. If you want to go downtown on your bike wearing your dirty gardening clothes to get an ice cream, your fine.
Everyone knows everyone, which can be good and bad. I've been known to lay in the middle of the street just 'cause I can. My sisters and I have chased cars through town on our scooters. Not motor scooters. The kind you push with one foot.
Fishing is great and you can catch a bunch of blue crab in an afternoon just by dropping in a net with a chicken wing tied inside.
Since it has been so cold lately, I thought you might like to see a bit of Summer. A bike ride on a particular day in July. Not in any order...
When I'm in St Marys, I take a bike ride both morning and afternoon. This is afternoon on the fishing pier. That's Florida in the distance.
Early evening on the boat dock, looking toward town and the boat ramp.
This is what the dining room looks like when I'm there without Joe. Art supplies!
The cemetery is two blocks from the house. I love to explore here. St. Marys, Georgia is the second oldest city in the United States.
St. Augustine, Florida is the oldest.
Many Acadians from Novia Scotia buried here.
Trees. These are Live Oak. Very old and protected by the city. You can't touch one, even on your own property, without permission. The Spanish moss blows gently in the breeze.
This is the marsh and sailboats at the marina. The marsh grass changes color with the time of day. Turns a beautiful golden color in the winter.
A winding creek heading for the brackish water of the St. Marys river
The old Bachlott House. It has been completely restored by the National Park Service. Administrative offices for the Park Service and their Rangers.
A National Park in St. Marys? Yep. This is where you catch the ferry to Cumberland Island National Seashore. Most famous for the wedding place of John Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn B.
This is the Ranger Station where you get your ferry and island info and stop in the lovely gift shop for postcards and seashells and posters of wildlife.
This is my bike. I've named him Carl. Everyone thinks I'm a bit crazy to have a bike with a name, but I loooove Carl and I have the most fun with him.
I've stopped here for a walk in the old cemetery after first shopping at the downtown Farmer's Market for fresh veggies. That's what's in Carl's basket.
Then, it's back to the little house to paint a bit and do some yard work til evening comes, when I'll head out again in hopes of catching a nice sunset. Sigh. I wish I were there right now and it was Summer.
Have a great day, folks.
If you are so inclined, check out the St. Marys link in my link list. It'll tell you waaaay more than you want to know.


Rebecca Ramsey said...

What a great place!
I can just imagine you and Carl having a great time.


Ronnie, I love the south....sigh...I've only been to New that the south??? lol
I so want to drive through the south someday. Your pics are dreamy to me.

Buskitten said...

Wow, it looks a lovely place Ronnie, I enjoyed the photo tour - it was nice to see some summer instead of the greyness outside. Is that your holiday home? It's a charming house! Bikes are great too, aren't they? I have a fancynancy one, but I rarely use it, instaed, I use a 1970's shopping which you can flod in half! It's so cute! Maybe I should sell the fancy one, as it's just stuck in a shed.....
I would love to visit the States one day, as there is so much to see - and so much interesting history.....we should start a Bloggers House Swap Holiday SErvice!
Thanks for the photo's, a lovely way to start the day!

aliceinparis said...

St. Mary's sounds like heaven. A bit like stepping back in time to a gentler, kinder place with a pace of life that suits me:)
The expulsion of the Acadians was a sad thing. They were forced on ships by the English and shipped off into the blue. Husbands and wives were separated, families lost. It was just terrible.They had no idea where they were going and were just dumped. Many Acadians descendents from the US come to Nova Scotia to search out their roots.

Renee said...

Ronnie what a wonderful little break that was.

I was shocked when you said you could see Florida from Georgia (I don't know geography). I didn't realize they are so close.

Thanks for the tour.



JaxPop said...

Me n' Deb need to take a ride up there - it looks fantastic. Maybe we'll go by boat, after I buy new batteries (I left the switches on - Ugh!). As for naming a bike? Why not? I'm gonna name mine Dusty - hasn't been used since before the trip to Chicago. Nova Scotia is also cool - I have a WIP based there during the time of the mining accidents - my grandmother was from NS. Have a great day.

Billy & Button said...

Ronnie, thanks so much for your encouragement, I really appreciate it! I loved looking around your blog and at your art, you're very talented! I will keep up the painting (which is usually late at night when the kiddies are in bed) but Im so excited that you just left a comment! Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your comment!
I love your photos and the bike. What a great place to live!

Suzie said...

It looks amazing. Can I go?

Susan said...

Funny how you've named your bike. My sister names things, too. Great photos.

Anonymous said...

St. Mary's isn't even the oldest city in Georgia. That would be Savannah followed by St. Mary's.

Ronnie said...

Hey You chicken liver anonymous! I think you're wrong. Check your sources and I'll do the same. Thanks for stopping by!