Sunday, March 2, 2014

The Lion and The Lamb

It seems that March is being ushered in under the guise of a lamb, but the weather forecast speaks to the fact that a lion will soon be taking the place of our lamb like temperatures by bringing us snow, and worse still, ice!

It's hard to believe that this time last week I was enjoying short sleeved weather while visiting Hilton Head, South Carolina.  I did my best to envision bringing that weather back with me, but alas it was not to be.

It's ok though, at least I was able to suspend my reality for a few days and remind myself that warm weather is just around the corner.  And I took plenty of pictures to keep me busy if we do get snowed in for a long time.

It had been nearly 30 years since I last visited Hilton Head, though I've been to other parts of SC since that time, and the last time I was there I spent most of my time on the beach or playing in tennis tournaments, so this visit was vastly different.

This time, far removed from my youth, I paid attention to things like architecture instead of cute guys on the beach.  I was already with my own cute guy after all, so I could focus on other matters this time around.

I love how architecture speaks to an area and its heritage, and I feel a close kinship to my southern roots through the beautiful architecture of the south.

Throw in a bit of spanish moss for good measure, and I'm in hog heaven.

I also love the way most people slow down when they are at the beach.  They seem to reconnect with a part of themselves they often put on the back burner in their everyday lives, and find solace in the simple pleasures like surf fishing...

Or watching the waves come and go, wondering if the sea foam will reveal tales of mermaids and sea creatures.

Old Oaks, draped in moss, could tell tales of storms and other hardships they and others have endured over the years.  Or maybe they would entertain us with fanciful yarns about young love and first kisses stolen under their arching branches.

That is the joy of venturing outside our own four walls, it opens us up to beautiful places, new people, and things we might not otherwise experience.  As in weather, life is full of lions and lambs, each meant to broaden our horizons and make us appreciate all that we have.

I hope you each have a lamb of a week or that the lion won't roar too loudly!


  1. Ah I love HHI! I'm headed back in June. But I love being there in the off-season most. Glad you enjoyed your trip. And that storm was supposed to dump a foot on us and we only got three perhaps it'll be more lamb like :)

  2. Yes, March has come in like a lamb here in Ireland, with sunshine and Spring showers, but I'm also conscious that Winter can make an unwelcome return.
    Love your photos of the old oaks draped in moss.

  3. So lovely there...looks like a wonderful getaway! Beautiful photos!

  4. I for one can't wait for spring...and living on the water...someday soon, we hope!


  5. Another snow day at home for us in DC! Can you believe this weather?? Geez! I've never been to Hilton Head - looks very charming and beautiful. Kat, you need to come up to Maine and do your photo magic there. Stay warm, my friend! xoxo

  6. You know, Kat- I wish I could just print and frame all your photos. You have an amazing eye! Amazing! I have not been to Hilton Head in years and years. I think I need to return! xo Diana

  7. Your photos in this post have sent chills through me with the beauty you have captured here. That's how it is with images I see that go straight to my spirit. But it was also your words today that did this. Hilton Head looks like a beautiful place to be in the spring.
    March came in as quite a lamb for us here, but surely the lion will have his way with us is spring in Idaho after all :)
    sending hugs from here...

  8. These photos are gorgeous. That wave against the sand . . . magazine worthy. All of it just so lovely. Time does slow down when we're at the beach.

  9. Beautiful images here...the Spanish moss draped trees are breath taking and your talk of the stories this draping could tell was soulful.
    I hope that the chilling days ahead will warm with life in full beauty.
    For all it's worth I am most certain in the worst of storms you are the one that will encourage grace from it.


  10. This sounds {and looks!} heavenly.
    So happy that you had such a
    wonderful getaway. It's been a very
    long--and in our case here in MN--
    severe winter, so the thought of warm
    sun on my arms and legs is SO nice!

    I visited my girl in SoCal last weekend,
    but it was overcast, rainy and cool the
    entire time. A few more weeks until I
    feel that lovely sunshine!

    xo Suzanne

  11. Kat-- I'm just so happy to be on the downside of winter--
    Hilton Head is truly lovely and your photos capture it beautifully--/ I'd love to be there right now:)



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