Savannah, with love …
It is always fun to visit family, especially when they are as gracious and fun-loving as EddietheCruiser and the ConArtist. This past week I spent time with them in their lovely home, in the even lovelier city of Savannah, Georgia. At a comfortable Southern pace we hit the marsh, the two of them are a team, a team who love to show and tell. We explored from the Islands to the city, from the historic district to Fort Pulaski, back to the shores and everything in between, no stone was left unturned.
“Savannah’s recorded history begins in 1733. That’s the year General James Oglethorpe and the 120 passengers of the good ship “Anne” landed on a bluff high along the Savannah River. Oglethorpe named the 13th and final American colony “Georgia” after England’s King George II. Savannah became its first city.
The plan was to offer a new start for England’s working poor and to strengthen the colonies by increasing trade. Under the original charter, individuals were free to worship as they pleased and rum, lawyers and slavery were forbidden – for a time.
Upon settling, Oglethorpe became friends with the local Yamacraw Indian chief, Tomochichi. Oglethorpe and Tomochichi pledged mutual goodwill and the Yamacraw chief granted the new arrivals permission to settle Savannah on the bluff. As a result, the town flourished without warfare and the accompanying hardship that burdened many of America’s early colonies.” wiki
Savannah is known as America’s first planned city. Oglethorpe laid the city out in a series of grids that allowed for wide open streets intertwined with shady public squares and parks that served as town meeting places and centers of business. Savannah had 24 original squares; 22 squares are still in existence today.
I suppose you are curious as to where the images of the squares and beautiful architecture are ? Well I tried, but my eye cannot see that type of photography … yet. Yes, I did snap off many, but that is just what the are, snapshots. So I decided to capture the ambiance of Savannahs laid back Southern charm the way I see it, from my lens to yours.
This is a Live Oak Tree drenched in Spanish Moss. The moss lives non-parasitically upon another plant. It derives its moisture and nutrients from the air, rain, and sometimes from debris accumulating around it, instead of the structure it is fastened to. While it rarely kills the trees, it lowers their growth rate by reducing the amount of light to a tree’s own leaves.
The South is a way of life, not just another pretty face or geographic location. The beauty of Savannah also lies in its terrain, and can rein in the Northern pace with the simple rising of its tides.
If you can feel the Southern warmth that I have tried to portray, then mission accomplished, if not I can only get better.
Thank you Eddie and Connie for 5 days (ago) of pure delight that I will cherish forever. A time filled with shrimp and grits, music, laughter and giggles. Remember ! what happens in Savannah ….
. Happy Birthday Connie !