Touring South Carolina’s Lowcountry

“Home isn’t where you’re from, it’s where you find light when all grows dark.”

Pierce Brown

MAGNIFICENT MARSH

MAGNIFICENT MARSH

This week Krista has asked us to give a virtual tour of our world. It’s been a very busy few weeks here but I couldn’t miss a chance to highlight some of the incredible beauty with which I’m fortunate to be surrounded every single day.

GRAND OAKS

GRAND OAKS

“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.”

Gary Snyder

As noted in my opening quote, South Carolina is not where I’m “from” –  that would be the northeastern US where the winters are cold and the roads are busy. Don’t get me wrong, there are some magnificent vistas in the north, but here in the lowcountry it’s hard to drive a mile without seeing something breathtaking.  We are surrounded by the peaceful views of our beautiful marshes which are further enhanced by the majesty of  live oak trees clothed in lovely Spanish mosses. 

BEACH SCENE

BEACH SCENE

“If light is in you, you will find your way home.”

Rumi

Of course we are best known for our beautiful 10-mile-long beach, which is NEVER crowded and always wonderfully photogenic. The waters are warm and the sands often present treasures like starfish, sand dollars and ghost crabs for those on the hunt. Birds love our beaches and along with gulls and terns they also provide welcome respite for endangered species like red knots and piping plovers.

GAP-TOOTHED GATOR

GAP-TOOTHED GATOR

“The best part of going away for a vacation is coming home again.”

Madeleine l’Engle

Beyond the beautiful scenery, our area is filled with incredible wildlife who seem to enjoy our scenery as much as we do. I’ve posted this alligator capture before as it’s one of my favorites. We see these prehistoric creatures everywhere and know they won’t bother us if we don’t bother them. For the most part we find them drowsily basking in the southern sun or lurking in our ponds and lagoons. It’s not often we catch them with mouths wide open seemingly enjoying playtime with the local plant life!

HAPPY DOLPHIN

HAPPY DOLPHIN

“Where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.”

Oliver Wendell Holmes 

Speaking of our beaches, our area is well-known for its dolphins – recently featured on National Geographic’s Predator series. It seems the coasts of South Carolina and Georgia are the only places in the world where dolphins work as a team to corral bait fish and push them onto the beach. They then follow them onto the beach to feast before sliding back into the water. I’ve been fortunate to have seen this behavior several time and it truly is an amazing sight.

CHARLESTON BATTERY

CHARLESTON BATTERY

“If there is such a thing as complete happiness, it is knowing that you are in the right place.”

Fanny Flag

Finally, if one tires of being surrounded by peaceful beauty and nature, we are a mere 30-minute drive from the delightful city of Charleston – home to wonderful restaurants, music, theatre and a great deal of interesting history.

Our little island may not be right for everyone, but it’s certainly the right place for me  😊

 

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115 thoughts on “Touring South Carolina’s Lowcountry

  1. I always love seeing your photos and reading your “thoughts”. I did photograph much more when we lived there. Good news is we are planning on returning to KI (on a part-time basis). It will be good to see you and Bailey again. Thanks as always for sharing.

  2. This is such a beautiful post Tina! Now I’m curious. Where are you from and how did you choose your island to relocate? I’ve enjoyed getting to know the beauty of your home through the years of following your blog!

    • Thanks Nicole! I’m originally from the northeast (NY, NJ, PA). We decided to move south when we retired (early😊) and chose Kiawah for its 4 mild seasons and beautiful coastal communities. It’s been the best decision ever! Glad you’re sharing it with me😊

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      • Wonderful Tina! I am sure it has been wonderful! My parents left MN right when I left for college and moved to Arizona. They spend summers in the mountains so they get the best of both worlds. Mild seasons are great!

  3. Thank you, Tina, I just forwarded this to my niece who spent five days in Kiawah trying to see an alligator. This is better than the real thing!

  4. ”Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.” And you have a beautiful home, Tina. Great shots, and my favorite is the oaks – I could live with them forever.

  5. Really love the grand oaks and menacing clouds by the coast, Tina. So jealous to hear that your beaches aren’t crowded. So much nature and room for you to enjoy in peace. It also sounds like the lesser crowds are also great for the wildlife, coming out and roaming around without being disturb. Such great timing with that dolphin shot and it does look like it is smiling 🙂 Lovely to hear that this place is right for you, and may it be home for you for many years to come 😊

  6. well it seems like many of your posts could qualify as a tour guide take.. and I like the choices here.
    the grand oaks is my fav photo and have a quick question – who is the Gary Snyder you quoted.
    We had a friend pass away in 2001 with that name – just curious

  7. The oaks are wonderful (as are all the shots). I hope you had a good telephoto for the ‘gator, though. 🙂 I enjoyed the quotes as always, but I think the best part of vacation is both going on vacation and coming home. I know it’s not grammatically correct, but you get the idea. I love both.

    janet

      • Many of us snowbirds talk about how we would never, ever consider a visit in July and August. The crowds, oh the crowds, must be almost unbearable – not to mention the traffic with your lack of intersections with lights and cars turning mid road. Driving in this area takes skill to a whole other level. 🙂

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