A SnapShot in Time = A Piece of History
An intriguing location, Edisto Beach in South Carolina ranks among some of the most popular photographed sites by professional photographers worldwide. I had not heard of it until last spring, but after visiting, I can understand why so many photographers want to go and capture this very special place.
Boneyard Beach ~ South Carolina
Travel to this "Boneyard Beach" was an absolutely amazing opportunity for my husband and me this past June. Up before dawn, using flashlights to hike from the car we navigated with a local guide, and set up our cameras before the sun could peak over the horizon. It was quite dark when we arrived and we had no clue what it would look like as the dawn became sunrise. I was mesmerized by the empty beach and surrounded with an amazing visual that I will never forget.
We were in the hands of a truly remarkable local photographer that timed the event perfectly for us. Luckily the weather and clouds cooperated and the results were amazing. I did not want to leave.
This first photo is my entry for Dick Greenbergs contest in Real Life Photography/ Miscellaneous Category.
I chose this category as it is a location that is mysterious, peaceful, a bit scary looking, sad and beautiful all in one shot. The sad part about the "Boneyard" as it is called, is that a hurricane in October took down most of the remaining trees that were still standing.
Photographs of this location are a documentation of the short period time that a few of us were able to capture over the last 7 or 8 years. I'm told the last of the trees remaining are very few in number. What you see here was taken prior to the storm. Erosion is what caused the boneyard to exist in the first place, and so this was inevitable that one day all the beautiful trees would be gone. I don't know yet which tree is still standing in the water, but I hear it is one of the most popular for many photographers.
I will be returning this spring to attend another conference and I'm hoping that we can get out to this beach again. I have no doubt that it will look very different this time, but I want to see it again. I'm so grateful that I was able to capture these moments that could never be duplicated with another visit. I will cherish the photos I have that bring me back to a morning on a beach with a camera.