The Most Beautiful Sunrise I've Ever Witnessed!

Real Estate Agent with Key Properties of the Hudson Valley NYS DRE #40BO1055114

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 SC

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. 

Unique Sunrise at Boneyard Beach SC

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. 


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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I would vote for your picture, perfect one for a blow up picture.  Hope you have a great day!

Nov 27, 2016 09:24 AM #1
Lottie Kendall
Today | Sotheby's International Realty - San Carlos, CA
Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco

Gorgeous shots. I like the mysterious aspect of them.

Nov 27, 2016 09:29 AM #2
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


That is a gorgeous photo.  That is one of those memorable shots that should be printed and framed.  A

Nov 27, 2016 09:31 AM #3
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

Gorgeous photos...the first one, of course, captures the sunrise perfectly, but I am partial to the second because of the trees.  I hope some survived the storm.

Nov 27, 2016 10:32 AM #4
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Janis what fantastic pictures. Did you have prior knowledge about this contest in June? Is that why you and your husband got up such ungodly hour to take these pictures? Just kidding. Great photo and good choice for Dick Greenberg  contest, Endre

Nov 27, 2016 10:47 AM #5
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Janis, that is a great photo and you captured it all in this shot, mystery, beauty, serenity, spooky and the name Boneyard Beach...perfect.

Nov 27, 2016 10:50 AM #6
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Janis - That's a wonderful photo of an amazing place and a perfect time. Thanks for another contest entry!

Nov 27, 2016 11:45 AM #7
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Wow Janis, what a stunning sunset. I love how you framed the sun between the branches. You've got talent 

Nov 27, 2016 12:24 PM #8
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Oh, Janis, that was SO worth the wait for you and for me both! A piece of history will now be in your soul forever and it won't change, even if the NOW of this wondrous place has. 

I was thinking to myself, how could she even pick just ONE sunrise as her favorite? Now I know why. 


Nov 27, 2016 12:44 PM #9
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Too stunning for words, Janis. Almost doesn't look real. Never heard of Boneyard Beach in SC and I live right on the SC border in south Charlotte.

Nov 27, 2016 01:46 PM #10
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

i don't know if it is the most beautiful one I have seen, but it really is an awesome one for sure!!

Nov 27, 2016 03:57 PM #11
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Janis- I am in awe of this beautiful photo and am so glad that you took us along when you discovered Boneyard Beach!  I hope you do go back because I'd love to see what remains. 

Nov 27, 2016 04:34 PM #12
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I've never heard of it, but I won't forget it now! Gorgeous!

Dec 01, 2016 07:02 AM #13
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

That is a gorgeous shot.  You should sell prints.  Could make a second career out of it.

Dec 06, 2016 02:09 PM #14
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

I missed this when you first posted it. What beautiful pictures! I would have been mesmerized as well.

Dec 07, 2016 04:43 AM #15
Janice Hope Zaltman Realtor,LEED AP
United Realty Group - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Gorgeous sunrise. The colors are beautiful. So interesting how the colors of a sunrise differ in different parts of the country and day by day. Look forward to them. 

Dec 12, 2016 05:58 PM #16
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

You've taken the perfect photos for Boneyard Beach! Your sunsets are just gorgeous!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Dec 22, 2016 08:14 PM #17
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