Very few species can withstand the desert-like conditions and high salinity of the ocean-front dune environment. In this setting, wax myrtles pruned by salt spray find protection between the dunes while sea oats and gulf croton colonize the open, shifting sand. Always moving with the changing conditions along the shore, the rearrangement of the actors on this stage has been played out for millions of years. This is a scene common to all the barrier islands along the Atlantic shore of the Southeast, persisting even to some extent between the beach and encroaching seaside development. It is most beautiful when forming a wide transition zone between beach and maritime forest on undeveloped islands.
Here, the evening progresses and the no-see-ums rise from the groundcover as waves break on a submerged sand bar. In the distance, Johnson Creek meets the ocean between Harbor and Hunting Islands. *
* This is an excerpt from Philip’s essay appearing in: Bartram’s Living Legacy: Travels and the Nature of the South
Studio painting – January.
March 4 - April 30, 2020
Circle Gallery, UGA College of Environment + Design
September 15 – December 9, 2011
The Georgia Museum of Natural History, University of Georgia Campus
January 28 - May 8, 2011
May 28 - Aug 14, 2011
Morris Museum of Art
Isle of Hope, Georgia
March 2 - 27, 2009
Circle Gallery, G14 Caldwell Hall
College of Environment and Design, UGA, Athens, Georgia
Edited by Dorinda Dallmeyer
(Cover image, color plates, and contributing essay by Philip Juras)
Published by Mercer University Press, 2010.
Published in conjunction with Philip’s 2011 exhibition at the Telfair Museum, Savannah, Georgia. With essays by Philip Juras, Dorinda Dallmeyer, Holly Koons McCullough – poem by Janisse Ray – foreword by Steven High. Winner of the Georgia Author of the Year Award (Specialty Book Category) from the Georgia Writers Association, 2012. Published by Telfair Books, 2011. Second printing (paperback) published by the University of Georgia Press, 2015.