Notes on Kite Aerial Photography: Photo Gallery

East Beach
St. Simons Island, Georgia

ssbeach6.gif (38382 bytes)My family on the beach - brother Tino Sheridan, mother Mary Sheridan, and father Val Sheridan - taken during an evening stroll on East Beach (26K jpg right, Yashica T4 Super, August 1997).

I am a Southern boy, born and raised in Macon, Georgia, and still visit the family on occasion.  When I was young the family would escape the hot-humid summers of Georgia by vacationing at St. Simons Island along the Atlantic shore. I am still very fond of the Georgia Coast.  Here I married Claudia in the lovely Christ Church on St. Simons Island.   Here too the boys were christened in Faith Chapel on Jekyll Island.  So on our summer trips to Georgia we invariably schedule a session down at the beach.  Last year's visit was the first one since I began KAPing so this was my first chance to fly kites in Georgia. This gallery page and the four that follow contain images from the Georgia Coast.

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On the left is a view over East Beach and the marsh toward St. Simons Island proper. We were staying in a condominium near the photograph's center.  On the right is the old main entry to the King & Prince Hotel on East Beach.  Claudia and I spent our honeymoon night here before moving over to Sea Island (30K jpg left and 28K jpg right, Yashica T4 Super, August 1997).

It is difficult to imagine a coastal landscape more different from California's rocky, cold Pacific frontage than the warm, silty waters of the Southeast's Altantic Coast.  Along the Georgia coast the topography varies little, taking 300 kilometers of horizontal distance to slope the last 100 meters of elevation to the sea.  The coast itself is an intruiguing transition from swamp to marsh, from marsh to barrier islands, and from islands to the sea itself.  The resulting gradient provides a beautiful, biologically rich landscape.  The ocean moderates Georgia's warm summer temperatures and provides a sea breeze during the day. The shots were taken along East Beach on St. Simons Island.  East Beach seems to have been in an erosion mode during the last couple of decades - the barrier islands are shifty by nature. The rock you see in the photos is not indigenous, it is rip-rap imported to protect the shore.

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A midday, high altitude view of the King & Prince "beachfront". Rip-rap separates the beach from the pool deck in a dacades long struccgle to fend off the ocean.  On the right are Charlie and Thomas on beach tricylces under the high midday sun. (39K jpg left and 26K jpg right, Yashica T4 Super, August 1997).

I forget how hot this sun can be. Though I do confess that I schedule our trips home for the summer so Claudia will not get too nolstagic for her home territory.  On this day, I spent a few hours flying the kites during the bright portion of the day.  Brightness seems such a characteristic condition for the climate that I figured I should take some midday shots. The beach is a fine, grey hardpack which extends quite a distance at low tide and disappears altogether at high tide.

ssbeach8.gif (38461 bytes)ssbeach7.gif (32284 bytes)The couple in the lefthand image kindly looked after my KAP bag while we took the kite for a walk.  The woman was a bit camera shy. Note the ample number of tricycle tracks on the beach surface.  On the right is a beach umbrella on the same beach.  The tide has washed the beach clean of tricycle tracks - sort of like a giant Etch-a-Sketch. (24K jpg left and 17K jpg right, Yashica T4 Super, August 1997).

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