Driftwood, Driftwood Beach (Jekyll Island GA), Georgia, Photography, Picture of the Day, St. Simons Island (GA) Lighthouse, St. Simons Island GA, Travel

I Saw Life and it was Something Real…and it was Something Private, by Beverly Hicks Burch

“There it was before her – life. Life: she thought but she did not finish her thought. She took a look at life, for she had a clear sense of it there, something real, something private…” ~ To the Lighthouse, Virginia Wolfe ~

Some of you may recognize this spot. Yes, it was taken at Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island, GA.

Jekyll Island is a beautiful and unique place and Driftwood Beach is even more so. It’s called Driftwood Beach because the “driftwood” that lines the beach is the carcasses of ancient Southern Oak Trees who have given up the ghost to time, wind and erosion. You can see another view in the photo I took and use in the header of my blog. The foreground of this photograph is another example of the “driftwood” littering the beach.

This particular view has special meaning to me. If you look just close enough you can see in the background, just left of center, the St. Simons Island (GA) Lighthouse. I have a great fondness and love for lighthouses around the world and the stories they tell and represent.

Standing there looking out across the driftwood laden beach, across the water and upon the lighthouse was a surreal experience. Like Virginia Wolfe, I saw life…it was something real, it was something bittersweet and…it was something private…

© 2013 Beverly Hicks Burch All Rights Reserved


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