Category Archives: Landscape

Sunset Over Marsh

I was standing on the eastern end of Folly Island, facing the marsh behind the barrier island. The pool of water in the foreground has been created by the shifting shape of this beach where a low spot has recently been carved out above the normal high tide line. Tidal action and storms continuously change the barrier islands and I won’t be surprised if the next big storm carves a piece of this land into its own island or washes it away completely.

Sunset Over Marsh
Sunset Over Marsh

Saint Phillips Island, 2

Saint Phillips Island is a mixture of marsh, maritime forest, and sand dunes. The south coastal barrier islands are known to have had indigenous populations going back thousands of years and at least one ancient shell mound has been located here.

From the air the island looks like corduroy fabric, with the wales running parallel to the mainland. Various amounts of water are in the wales and the island can only be traversed lengthwise. This peaceful scene is near the center of the island. And yes, there were plenty of mosquitoes.

Fresh Water on St Phillips Island
Fresh Water on St Phillips Island

Sun Going Down

This was our first night in the area and I scouted a sunset spot using Google Maps and The Photographer’s Ephemeris phone app. The color was subtle over Brickyard Creek and there wasn’t much of a foreground but it ended up being a pretty good choice.

Sun Setting Over Brickyard Creek
Sun Setting Over Brickyard Creek

After the sun disappeared three kayakers  worked their way back to the boat launch, impressed with what they had seen. Voices really carry over water!

Sun Set After Glow Over Brickyard Creek
Sun Set After Glow Over Brickyard Creek

Click on either image for a larger view. 

Horseshoe Falls

Cedar Shoals Creek drops down this small rock falls just before it runs into the Enoree River at the site of South Carolina’s Battle of Musgrove Mill State Historic Site. 

Horseshoe Falls
Horseshoe Falls

It has been abnormally dry in this region of the state so there were limited splash options to photograph, on the other hand more of the textured rock was visible than there would be with a big flow. And I was able to  get different angles without getting my feet wet!

Horseshoe Falls
Horseshoe Falls

As falls go this one is quite modest, but as I’ve been living in the SC Low Country that is just above sea level for three years any elevation is something to see.

Horseshoe Falls
Horseshoe Falls

Musgrove Mill Battle Site

This pretty spot on the Enoree River in Clinton, SC, was the impetus of the August 19, 1780 Revolutionary War Battle of Musgrove’s Mill. Possession of this easy to ford section of the river in the rural, agricultural area was the impetus behind the skirmish.

Enoree River at Musgrove Mill State Historic Site
Enoree River at Musgrove Mill State Historic Site

A modern bridge less than 1000 feet (300 Meters) downstream made this site obsolete for river passage a long time ago.

Turtle in Enoree River at Musgrove
Turtle in Enoree River at Musgrove

The day I visited a few turtles playing “king of the hill” was the extent of the activity.

Turtle in Enoree River at Musgrove
Turtles in Enoree River at Musgrove