Philip Juras  2015

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Buttermilk Sound Sandbar

Little St. Simons Island, Georgia, 2015
Oil on canvas
24" x 42"




More than any other part of Little St. Simons, the northwestern end of the island is the domain of the great tidal channels that carry the Altamaha River's waters—and sediment—out to sea. I purposely came at low tide to see if I might be able to capture the essence of that unending process. To that end I focused on the Island’s Buttermilk Sound shoreline where the Altamaha piles sand into shallow bars between a string of small, marshy islands. In the background of this view, a few cedars grow on the remains of an abandoned agricultural dike, built by slaves two centuries ago.

- adapted from The Wild Treasury of Nature: A Portrait of Little St. Simons Island (UGA Press 2016)