Morris Island Lighthouse Sunrise

I am often asked my favorite places on the Charleston Coast to watch the sunrise.  While there are many great spots, it’s hard to beat the northern end of Folly Beach looking toward Morris Island and the Morris Island Lighthouse.   After a short (5 to 10 minutes) walk down an old closed road or along the beach you get to the end where you will find lots of old driftwood trees, rock jetties, marsh, wildlife and of course the best view of the lighthouse in town.  Make sure to arrive at least 30 minutes before sunrise to give yourself enough time to walk out and find the perfect spot.  This is an image I captured on June 1, 2018, as the sun rose next to the lighthouse.

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Pitt Steet Bridge in Mt. Pleasant

A nearby favorite spot of mine to visit is Pitt Street Bridge in Mt. Pleasant.  Pitt Street Bridge once provided access to Sullivan’s Island but was eventually closed and turned into a scenic walkway for residents of the Charleston area to enjoy.    Although not much of a secret to locals, it’s not exactly a spot tourist visit making it a somewhat hidden gem.  It is a great spot to walk, take your dog, fish, bird watch, bike, or just eat lunch and take in the beautiful scenery.  Here are a few recent images of mine from the location!  Next time you are in town make a point to visit.  Just keep it on the hush hush!

 

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Cloudy Days are for Black and Whites

The alarm went off at 5 AM and even though the weather forecast was telling me it was a day to stay in bed I decided to head out the door anticipating them being wrong.  Anyone who has lived on the coast long enough knows how hard weather is to predict and sometimes the best days come from the worst forecast.   As I got to the beach it became apparent there wasn’t going to be a beautiful, fire in the sky type sunset I was hoping for, but when life doesn’t give you exactly what you want to shoot you shoot long exposures in black and white.  After messing around with a few compositions I found my spot just under/beside the Isle of Palms Pier shooting 1.5 to 2 seconds exposures as waves quickly rushed in with the rising tide.   Below is one of my favorite images from the cloudy but beautiful morning.

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Spring Clouds on Sullivan’s Island

Nothing but rain in the forecast on Monday and Tuesday they said.  Well, I am glad the weatherman was wrong because on both Monday and Tuesday we had amazing clouds and for the most part (minus the humidity) beautiful weather.  Here are a few pics from Sullivan’s Island at Station 18 I thought I would share.

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Spring Trip to the Mountains

Here is to mountain air we breathe ~

 

I just returned from a much needed weeklong trip to the North Carolina Mountains.  Although the heat and humidity aren’t yet in full bloom here in Charleston the cooler mountain air was nice to get out and enjoy.    The trip was not my typical selfish photography trip where I venture off on my own to shoot but more of a family comes along trip (which is fine) where I am kind of at the mercy of others.  Nonetheless, we did some exploration and hiking and I even was able to photograph a waterfall on the Cat Gap Loop Trail I never have before.  While I didn’t get the breathtaking sunset photo I hope for with each trip I did manage to capture a variety of images.  Enjoy!

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