Bay Point Island saved from development – for now

We are blessed to live in a huge country with lots of room for everyone, which makes it all the more distasteful when developers come after fragile but essential natural ecosystems for the purpose of making more money and catering to wealthy people who have plenty of other destinations to enjoy. Bay Point Island, part of St. Helena Island in Beaufort is zoned as a natural preserve, and was a target of just this type of development. Thanks to the passionate pushback from concerned citizens and conservation watchdogs, these development plans been halted, for the moment.

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“Gullah/Geechees have continued to use Bay Point as a fishing area over the decades.  This area has seen between 5,000 and 8,000 shorebirds land there every winter.  According to the Audubon, “no other area within miles approaches the holding power of this island and inlet to shorebirds in the winter.”  107 loggerhead sea turtle nests were recorded there during 2019.  All of this speaks volumes to how important this 60 acre area is to the quality of life in this area.”

More information on yesterday’s ruling can be found on the Post & Courier website here: https://www.postandcourier.com/business/real_estate/board-denies-controversial-plan-to-put-luxury-ecotourism-resort-on-sc-barrier-island/article_50d8228c-fe74-11ea-9ddf-9f0c9e4d8ed3.html?fbclid=IwAR3pE0f1n5s08i9CB_W4TYcvcpp0miZJwTBJfAtdeHEFiDMcdcmachbfGcI

Trenchard’s Inlet between Pritchard Island and Bay Point Island

Just love Family Portraits!

Studio portraits are great because you can exercise so much more control over the environment, lighting, background, etc. Conversely, outdoor portraits are fun because there is an embedded potential for unpredictability, especially when smaller kids are involved! The weather was kinda blah, and the wind was howling, which made for some interesting hair effects. Some images had to be trashed because of Marilyn Monroe type flying hems, but overall I think we captured the essence of family, which after all is the point of the shoot.

New Promo Shots for Gracie & Lacy

We spent some time in my studio a couple days ago creating some new promotional material for entertainers Gracie & Lacy , high energy singers, dancers, and Corporate entertainers who travel nationally, but who are based here in Charleston. It was a lot of fun and I think we came away with some great new material.

Isaias’ Target

When I heard that Hurricane Isaias came ashore at Oak Island, North Carolina, I was dismayed, remembering this beautiful part of the OBX that I had explored on foot and by air last year. These images were shot last Summer and it was so sad to see the latest video footage of the destruction caused this past week. My best to the people of Oak Island and Bald Head Island, I know they will bounce back strong.

The Newly Renovated Cathedral of John the Baptist, Charleston SC

Because of my association with one of the contractors who worked on this amazing project, I was asked to photograph the end result. This has been ongoing for many months and a massive amount of work has been done in many different categories. It is beautifully restored. Congratulations to all who contributed to this very impressive result.

Unscripted

So this is when you set out with a purpose and vision for an image, and things don’t quite go the way you planned. I drove an hour to Lake Moultrie one of the evenings during Comet NEOWISE’s visit, and the clouds were just way too thick to reveal any celestial activity. When ya don’t get what you want, you just shoot what ya got!

Comet NEOWISE

It seems that everyone was taken a little by surprise by the visit of Comet C/2020 F3, also known as NEOWISE, an acronym for the Near-Earth Object Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer space telescope that first noticed it earlier this year. As someone keenly interested in the night sky, I began hunting it down as soon as it was close enough to record it with my camera. Photographers were confronted by several factors that made it a fairly challenging subject, not the least of which was that it is difficult to spot with the naked eye. It provided a fun and welcome diversion however during this trying COVID 19 season. Here are a few images that I captured.

The Shorebirds are back at Bird Key

Every Summer sees the congregation of thousands of diverse shore birds on Bird Key, a small island in the Stono Inlet between Folly and Kiawah, managed by SC Department of Natural Resources. I notice that it is now being referred to as the Stono Seabird Sanctuary. Regardless, it is recognized as an important bird area by Audubon and it is forbidden to land on the island during nesting season. It makes for a great boat ride in the evening. Even the Stono Bridge looked beautiful in the late afternoon light.

Another Fine Georgia Weekend

Last weekend I spent in the Georgia mountains, and this weekend it was the Georgia coast. A friend invited me down to Jekyll Island and showed me all around this unique piece of coastal heaven. I had visited many years ago, but had come away disappointed, not knowing where I should have spent time and feeling that I had wasted it. This time was different and I was introduced to all the locals’ favorite beaches that the visitors either don’t know about, or are unwilling to walk far enough to reach. On the way back to Charleston, we stopped at Darien to check on the shrimp trawler fleet. Some remain, but not nearly as many as there were years ago.

Weekend Getaway at Kaya Vineyard & Winery

A good friend had a big birthday recently, and what better way to celebrate it than spending a weekend with a few girlfriends in a Georgia mountain vineyard. Every moment (including leisure “do nothing” moments) was meticulously planned ahead of time, as well as amazing meals, and trips (with transportation) to other local vineyards for wine-tasting expeditions. I had never visited this part of Georgia before, but it is beautiful and I plan to go back in the fall. Happy Birthday Pam!!

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