The door swung open has I reached in to grab my backpack. It was a little heavier than usual but it was carrying my camera and two lenses, the typical setup for my outdoor explorations. The spring humidity finally kicked in which meant the nats and mosquitos were going to be annoying me all day, I figured I should probably spray on some bug repellant just in case. I closed the door to the Jeep and began walking down the trail. I was headed to Botany Bay Beach, part of Edisto Island. I saw a few pictures on the internet of the place and decided it was a good place to explore on the last day of my southern excursion. The temperature fulfilled the spring promised beauty for which the south is known for, it was definitely a good change of pace from the colder temperatures of the winter.
I arrived fairly late in the afternoon because earlier that morning I visited the Flowertown Festival. Although I didn’t get much other than the pictures of the Azaleas, it was fun to be surround by the excited of the festival after so many years. The closer I got to the coast, the more people I found packing up and hiking back to the parking lot. I didn’t understand it. One thing that never seizes to amaze me is how 99% of the people (probably an exaggeration, but still a lot) seem to always pack up and call it a day just before the sun begins to shine it’s warm rich colors of the evening sunset. When that happens its the absolute best time of the entire day. Everything is washed with remarkable golden tones which always renders incredible images. For the most part, early morning and late evening is when almost all landscapes are taken. Why? Because the quality of light is so ravishing. During the mid-afternoon, the sun is high in the sky and creates very harsh direct light that is extremely hard to photograph in. However, the evening light creates soft, balanced light which is warm and colorful. Today was a perfect example of that and thus stands as my argument that there is no substitution for good light.
As my thoughts wandered off I continued down the coast looking for interesting things. One of those included the rotten trees submerged with water around the base. I have yet to learn how exactly these trees manage to survive the crashing waves of the ocean but somehow they do. I spent about another hour on the beach relaxing as I listened ocean’s natural music and the sand blowing through the trees. I believe that Botany Beach is a relatively unfamiliar place, well its not exactly a swimmer friendly beach and most certainly not an exotic resort. But to those of us looking for a quiet place to enjoy, I highly recommend exploring the area, plus its free, apart from the gas.
This weekend trip has been a refreshing time for me. It has allowed me to process through some ideas and come up with a few new ones that will benefit you guys as clients. Some of those I will be announcing in the upcoming weeks, but right now I’m still working out the details. I’m excited for future of STUDIO 1250 and the potential we have together.
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