Monday, October 17, 2011

A great day!

Saturday was Daniel's birthday. And we decided to celebrate it just the two of us. This has been a busy quarter for Daniel at school and with me taking a class, we don't see each other as often as we usually do. So, we decided to take Saturday off and play. 
Our day started early (Ramses decided that 5:30 was the proper time to get up), but it was a cool morning and we enjoyed it on our back porch with birthday waffles and a fire in our chiminea. Frankly, life doesn't get much better than that...
Later in the morning, we went to visit Oatland Island Wildlife Center, which is really close to us and we we'd never visited together. I had been there once with visitors, but for Daniel this was new.
It's a fairly large wilderness area with trails through woods and across marshes and with large enclosures housing animals native to Georgia.
The weather was perfect as you can see!
And the views stunning - I can't believe we live in a gorgeous place like that!

We even found a few signs of fall.
And some stunning colors in nature.

We both loved this old structure - what great texture and color.
Now, as to the animals, we saw a few ibis,

all of the wolves (I'm glad Daniel had the close-up lens on the camera so we could get some good photos),

the bison,
and of course alligators, which are everywhere around here. This one was a baby - you can still see the stripes.
Another one was much bigger, but quite peaceful around all the turtles in this pond.
It must not have been hungry.
Now, when we were looking at the turtles, Daniel started talking about how wonderful it would be to have a turtle that could just live in our back yard.
He'd been mentioning this on and off for a couple of weeks, but on Saturday it sounded like he really, really wanted one.
And guess what happened? We went home and while eating lunch on our back porch, Daniel spied this beautiful little visitor who had found his (or her) way into our backyard. Daniel was like a little boy who had gotten a pony for his birthday.
Can you believe this happened?! We were stunned! And just loved it!! We are not sure if it's still in our backyard or if it has moved on, but it sure made Daniel's day! Thank you, little turtle.
In the evening we decided to have dinner in one of our favorite restaurants by the beach and then go for walk barefoot in the sand.
The day had been warm, but it sure cooled off at night and walking into the water felt a little cold at first. But hey, it's mid-October and we are at the beach - how great is that?!?
And, to celebrate this special day the sky put on a show that had us speechless.

A perfect day!!


  1. Glad you had such fun celebrating Daniel's birthday! Here's to many, many more!

  2. Glad you guys had such perfect day. It looked like so much fun. What an adventure indeed. Thanks so much for stopping by and being so kind as to leave a comment he he he he! Bless you. I just love Savannah, GA my family lives in low country so I am always going for a visit. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Thanks for the tour of your day. It was wonderful. Happy late Birthday Daniel and many more. Looks like it was a beautiful. I love that turtle, it was awesome.

  4. Belated best wishes for Daniel - it sure looks like it was a perfect day for a perfect couple!

  5. Liebe Silke,


    Alles Liebe
    Angela und Elisabeth

  6. The last photo is my favourite, seeing you both so beautiful and in love! :)

  7. What an exceptional day! (and love Ramses eyes in that first pic!) Beautiful photos, beautiful nature to enjoy....and the visit by the box turtle? Just too good! Exceptional color on it too. Ours are yellow and dark here.
    I think you both shared the perfect day!


  8. You did have just the perfect day and the box turtle in the yard the icing on the cake!!

  9. Happy Birthday dear Daniel, Silke you both look like you had an amazing day, thank you for sharing it with us. The photo's are so beautiful and I can't wait to show Bram the turtle one's he will love them! xx

  10. What a lovely day - the sunset was just magical! Belated birthday wishes to Daniel!

  11. Happy belated birthday to Daniel! You truly did have a perfect day together and that last photo of the two of you is wonderful.
    ♥ audrey
    Terry's birthday was Monday. We celebrated over the weekend too ~ as you enjoyed the wonders of the beach, we enjoyed the beauty of the Fall colors.

  12. May I just mention something about the beautiful purple berry in your photo? I am pleased to tell you that I think that is the same that blooms in Stone Mountain, Georgia. It is called a beautyberry! Isn't that a wonderful name? Please visit my blog for some photos of Stone Mountain!

  13. Oh, I was so exited over the beautyberry that I forgot to say what a lovely post this was, all the photos of the wildlife and the beach, how happy ya'll were with the turtle, everything! I do forget to say what I mean to say!

  14. Hallo Silke, gerade habe ich gesehen, dass du seit heute meinem Blog folgst - vielen Dank! Natürlich habe ich sofort geschaut, was du so im Blogland machst :-)
    Der Geburtstag war wirklich Klasse; bis auf das frühe Aufstehen um 5.30 Uhr hätte ich alles sofort mitgemacht!
    Bis bald,