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Let’s hear it for Mother Nature. While you pondered the existence of the Comey tapes or binged the Handmaid’s Tale, a new island has appeared off the coast of North Carolina.
Nicknamed “Shelly Island”
for its a bounty of pretty shells, the island appeared off the coast of
popular vacation spot Hatteras, North Carolina, at the end of May. It’s
a mile long and just 300 feet wide.
The island is located at the tip of Cape Point, a spit of land that sticks out from Hatteras “like a sore thumb,” per the Outer Banks visitor guide.
Cape Point typically attracts many large fish species — making
it a coveted destination for vacationers with a passion for sport fishing.
The new island could help people gain access to even better fishing
spots, Bill Smith, president of the North Carolina Buggy Association,
told the Virginian Pilot. Read more (6/27/17)
GULLAH PEOPLE OF THE SEA ISLANDS, SOUTH CAROLINA- BASIS OF AMERICAN MUSIC
The Gullah are the descendants of enslaved Africans who lived in the Low country regions of the US states of Georgia, and South Carolina, which includes both the coastal plain and the Sea Islands.
Discover the remarkable history and heritage of the Gullah people, a storied civilization and culture prevailing on the Sea Islands of South Carolina’s Low country. The Gullah people have sustained their treasured West African traditions and ways of life for generations, and their cultural impact on the Low country is undeniable.
I recently went on a field trip to the coast for my plant community ecology class, stopping at various ecosystems along the way to learn about the plants that form each community. Over the next few weeks expect a lot of flower photos - but if you’re following me for the mycology, don’t worry. Mushrooms will return.
On the Sea Islands along the coasts of South Carolina and Georgia, a painful chapter of American history is playing out again.
These islands are home to the Gullah or Geechee people, the descendants of enslaved Africans who were brought to work at the plantations that once ran down the southern Atlantic coast. After the Civil War, many former slaves on the Sea Islands bought portions of the land where their descendants have lived and farmed for generations. That property, much of it undeveloped waterfront land, is now some of the most expensive real estate in the country.
But the Gullah are now discovering that land ownership on the Sea Islands isn’t quite what it seemed. Local landowners are struggling to hold on to their ancestral land as resort developers with deep pockets exploit obscure legal loopholes to force the property into court-mandated auctions. These tactics have successfully fueled a tourism boom that now attracts more than 2 million visitors a year. Gullah communities have all but disappeared, replaced by upscale resorts and opulent gated developments that new locals — golfers, tourists, and mostly white retirees — fondly call “plantations.”
Faced with an epic case of déjà vu, the Gullah are scrambling for solutions as their livelihood and culture vanish, one waterfront mansion at a time.
This month, researchers from Monitor National Marine Sanctuary and the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science are conducting surveys and biological assessments of shipwrecks off the North Carolina coast. Fish like this barracuda tend to congregate around shipwrecks, so the researchers are seeking to better understand how fish communities use North Carolina shipwrecks.
In 1991 Julie Dash premiered her first feature, Daughters of the Dust, at the Sundance Film Festival, which went on to win the award for Excellence in Cinematography. The film is set in the early 1900s and follows a Gullah family of women preparing to move from the Sea Islands off the coast of South Carolina to mainland America. Daughters of the Dust was the first film directed by an African American woman to receive a national release.
The film appears to be a source of inspiration for Beyonce’s Lemonade. The visual album echoes imagery from the film with shots of young African-American women in the Southern wild and desolate beaches wearing turn of the century garments.
Daughters of the Dust screened at the Festival again in 2012 as a part of the “From the Collection” program. The film has recently been digitally restored by Cohen Film Collection and will screen at film festivals and theaters in addition to a Blu-ray release this fall. Click here to view a trailer for Daughters of the Dust.
Dionaea muscipula, the famous Venus Flytrap native to coastal North Carolina. These plants are increasingly close to extinction in their native ranges due to over collection, suppression of fires in their native range, and the destruction of suitable habitat. Poaching alone is a huge issue, and an incredibly sad and pathetic one at that. Venus Flytraps are among the easiest of plants to propagate at home, in nurseries, or in cloning labs. Poachers often steal plants for pay averaging less than $0.50 a piece from State and National Parks, and many times these plants end up at Lowes, Home Depot, etc. Buy your VFTs from a reputable source, and dont let this amazing creation of Nature’s go extinct in the wild!
i learned yesterday that venus flytraps are native ONLY to the coast of north & south carolina, i had always just assumed they were like…. from jungles in south america, or at least that they were found in lots of places all over the world, but no it turns out that they just live like, practically next door to me, and only there. what the fuck.