5: The presence of
is impossible to escape the fact that Savannah was built with the money of the
wealthy plantation owners and sea merchants, who built homes in the city, away
from their farms yet close to the sea, to entertain and impress. And impress they
city has been going through a kind of renaissance for the last few years, and
homes that fell into ruin were resuscitated and now sell for millions of dollars.
They are what shine about this place. The multitude of tailored squares that they
line around as well are an impressive reminder that the original city planners
wanted to create a place that would linger in the memory, a town that would be
a stellar example of the South.
little joys of this place are not lost on me, especially the birds, and there
are multitudes of them all over the region, and once I found this out, I couldn't
wait to explore every open space to watch them and be part of their world.
is a bird sanctuary an hour's drive from Savannah and the wonderful scope of that
island breathes new life into my soul and I felt so refreshed upon my return.
There were so many different types of birds there, but the most amazing encounter
was with a tiny little Golden Crowned Kinglet, a bird not much bigger than a chicken
egg. Delicate gray feathers cover its tiny body and at the top of its head, a
smudge of bright yellow with black bars on either side. The little one's fascination
with me held me riveted to the spot, watching as he flitted from branch to branch,
curious and fearless. I promised to return many times, especially after spying
an Eastern Bluebird, hundreds of snowy egrets, and a Bald Eagle. This little side
trip made up for the palmetto bugs.