I recently went on an adventure to Botany Bay Plantation Heritage Preserve on Edisto Island and found an abundance of photographic opportunities and places to explore. That first trek through the park revealed an amazing trail of terrain and plant life, some of which was unfamiliar to me—live oaks wrapped in mossy garlands stretching their long arms out over the water while tiny crabs scurried about beneath them; seabirds swooping over the edge of the marshlands to scoop up their dinner and then soar back upwards to the sky; and tree skeletons lining the shore of the Boneyard like so many petrified soldiers unwilling to release their hold on this ever-changing landscape.
Some favorite photographs captured during this experience include the featured photograph in this posting, “Clouds Illusions”, of one of the marshes there. This series of photographs became one of my most popular with many customers having purchased a similar photograph of the marsh captured at a different time of day, “Wind-kissed Marsh”. Other cherished photographs captured around the same time are “Surreal Sunset” and “Surreal Sunset II“.
My hope for this ruggedly beautiful natural environment is that the strong tides and erosion will not erase it altogether, especially for the many species and endangered species who call it home.