Early Spring Wildflowers

There are slow signs of spring on the island, for sure. Many of the early spring wildflowers are blooming, the pollen is thick on the porches and in the puddles, and the falcate orangetips, the first butterflies to emerge have been flitting about. Trailing bluets carpet sections of the forest where the sun gets through.

Bluets have begun to peek up their heads falcate orangetip

 

 

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“No River Between Us,” An Interview with Jeffery Deal, author

This Thursday night, March 20, is a special Book Club meeting here on Dewees Island, and a conversation with Dewees Islander Jeffery Deal, author of this month’s book. As we discussed in an earlier post, one of the really awesome things about book club is the chance to read books you otherwise wouldn’t. I probably NEVER would have picked out this book, but once I started, I couldn’t put it down. Jeff has written [...] Continue Reading…

Dewees Island Book Club

The Dewees Island Book Club is another example of what makes the community of Dewees unique and special.  It’s run by volunteers and meets at Huyler House, usually on a Thursday night.  Everyone is welcome: sometimes there are two or three generations in the room, and the group includes both men and women. Books are chosen in advance and proposed at the meetings, where one member volunteers to host and lead the discussion. [...] Continue Reading…

Dewees Eagles have Two Chicks!

The Dewees Eagles have two chicks! Technically referred to as eaglets, we got a clear view of them today. I have been watching the eagles from my porch, and there’s been a different sort of activity for the last 8 or 9 days. Instead of quietly sitting on the nest, the adults have been standing, flying off in search of food, and bending down into the nest. Last year, the first time [...] Continue Reading…

Great Backyard Bird Count

Anybody want to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count this afternoon?  We’ll meet at the flagpole at 2:30 and do a quick loop around the Huyler House Pond to see what we can find.  It should be a big year for cedar waxwings, who have been all over the island in great whistling flocks.

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Charleston County Schools closed for two days, bridges closed

The temperature on the island is hovering between 33 and 34 degrees, with rain (occasionally horizontal rain!) Although we have seen some icing on deck railings, our temperature has generally been high enough to prevent icing.  It is expected to get cold again overnight, so Charleston County has already closed again for tomorrow. We’ve had .7 inches of rain, with more on the way overnight. This frosty rain is rather miserable to play in, [...] Continue Reading…

Yes, we were THAT excited about frozen precipitation!

Ice is in the forecast again, though it probably won’t get this far to the coast. In the last storm, we cleared barely an inch of frozen stuff, and for four nights in a row we stayed up later than usual, celebrating an altered schedule on the school calendar the next day. Our northern friends were shaking their heads over the standstill the ice wrought, and the pure joy with which we embraced it, [...] Continue Reading…

Dewees Ice-land

Egrets feeding along Lake Timicau Drive

A wintry punch blew into the lowcountry last night and this morning, and we are enjoying some quiet time at home and on the island with family and friends.  The power flickered once, but otherwise has remained on, and we are all safe and warm.  The 9:30 Roundtable coffee group even met this morning to connect with neighbors and warm up at Huyler House.

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Claudia gets great shots of Otters in the Impoundment

Claudia DeMayo caught these shots of river otters playing in the impoundment, and we think otters are a great way to start the new year!  We also caught a glimpse of these three from our deck later in the afternoon, but didn’t have a chance to get a photo: Bravo, Claudia! Keep your eyes peeled for these graceful and powerful swimmers; otters are sinuous and fluid as they slip past. I have [...] Continue Reading…