Discovering Edisto Island

September 30, 2015  •  1 Comment

3V9A0842Sunrise EdistoMorning greets Edisto Island, South Carolina. Last winter one of my clients saw some of my Florida images and after a discussion about the best beach destinations, he told me about a place that he and his family had been coming for years, Edisto Island, South Carolina. Honestly, I had never heard of it. Then he asked if I would be interested in going there to photograph it for his family? It didn’t take long for me to answer that question, even though I had no idea where I was going or what I was going to find there. But, my adventurous landscape photographer heart kind of knew it must be pretty good or he wouldn’t care to have it photographed. I mean a beach is a beach...right. Not.

Edisto Island is a lot like my beloved Greenbrier River in that much of it is as it’s been since the beginning of time. Thousands of protected acres at Botany Bay Plantation, private communities that have great respect for nature and wildlife and a throwback small beach town with no hotels and few restaurants. This is a place where you can really get away from it all. And, did I mention it’s incredibly beautiful.

ShellingShellingShelling on Edisto Island.

I guess those who come here regularly must have their blood pressure drop just thinking about it. Driving in on highway 174 through the low country slows you down before you even get here, as you drive by mom and pop businesses, vegetable stands and art galleries. No big box stores or Walmarts out here, just the essentials, and you really don’t need much to live the good life on Edisto.

Take a look at these images from my trip and if you are looking for a place to get away from it all, you may have found it. I know for sure that I will be back.

3V9A1166Low CountryThe South Carolina Low Country is part of the Edisto Island experience.

from Wikipedia-

Edisto Island is one of South Carolina's Sea Islands, the larger part of which lies in Charleston County, with its southern tip in Colleton County. The town of Edisto Beach is in Colleton County, while the Charleston County part of the island is unincorporated.

The island, town, and Edisto River are named after the historic Edisto people, a Native American subtribe of the Cusabo Indians, who inhabited the island as well as nearby mainland areas.

Botany Bay Plantation Heritage Preserve/Wildlife Management Area is a state preserve on Edisto Island, South Carolina.

Botany Bay Plantation was formed in the 1930s from the merger of the Colonial-era Sea Cloud Plantation and Bleak Hall Plantation. In 1977, it was bequeathed to the state as a wildlife preserve; it was opened to the public in 2008.

The preserve includes a number of registered historic sites, including two listed in the National Register of Historic Places: a set of three surviving 1840s outbuildings from Bleak Hall Plantation, and the prehistoric Fig Island shell rings.

DSC01877Botany BayBirds fly over Botany Bay on Edisto Island.

Botany Bay Plantation WMA includes a variety of habitats: 2,500 acres (1,000 ha) of marine and estuarine wetlands, including 2 miles (3 km) of beachfront used for nesting by endangered loggerhead sea turtles and least terns; 1,847 acres (747 ha) of upland, consisting chiefly of mixed pine-hardwood forest; and 283 acres (115 ha) of agricultural fields, managed for dove hunting and as food plots for wildlife.[16] A set of dikes creates freshwater and brackish ponds.[11]


Sam Lybrand(non-registered)
I was raised on Edisto Beach during the 1940s and early 1950s and have written a book on my coming up with lots of pictures. It is titled Sam's Edisto Island Paradise. It is available on Amazon and is now one of the most popular books about Edisto being read on Edisto. If you want to talk about Edisto call me at 843-869-2307 or write me at P.O. Box 431, Edisto Island, SC 29438.
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