Muhly Grass Meadows

Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
Oil on canvas
30 x 42 in. (76.2 x 106.7 cm)

Collection of Little St. Simons Island

Little St. Simons is the best place on the Atlantic seaboard, and probably in the world, to see extensive muhly grass-dominated meadows—a component of the maritime shrub thicket and grassland ecological community. Muhly grass, also known as sweetgrass, has been used for centuries in Lowcountry basket making. Its feathery blooms in October tinge the low dune ridges with a pinkish purple haze, often in concert with clumps of bright-green dog fennel and yellow drifts of flat-topped goldenrod. Vine-entangled wax myrtles, with the occasional cabbage palm and toothache tree, form dense thickets in the swales between the grassy dunes. This is the perfect habitat for marsh rabbits, cotton rats, cotton mice, and the snakes that prey on them.  – excerpted from The Wild Treasury of Nature

I took multiple photographs of this view in October of 2011 and completed the painting in March 2014. It now hangs in LSSI’s River House.

Also see Windmill.

The viewpoint of the painting is located about a half mile down Windmill Road. (Google Maps: 31.2583, -81.28504)

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