Botany Bay v3

Botany Bay

We had a nice short trip down to Charleston, SC last weekend and found a few fun places to explore while we were down there. Among them was a beautiful plantation called Botany Bay. It is an active farm and wildlife preserve which was opened to the public about five years ago with a modest driving tour and a beautiful rough beach full of dead trees being battered by the ocean.

While there is not a lot of information available online about this spot it was easy enough to find down an unassuming dirt road at the end of which you sign in at an entrance so they know who is on the grounds and off you go to explore as you please. From what we were told there are all manner of wildlife living naturally in the area including alligators so you have to watch your step while you explore. While the only wildlife we came across was a couple of wild turkeys we have no doubts that there is plenty other wildlife wandering these woods.

Our favorite part of our time there was the beach, we arrived right around high tide so more or less all visitors were on their way out. After a 1/4 mile walk to the shore we were greeted with dozens of old weathered collapsed trees, the slowly rising waters of the ocean, and hundreds of seashells small and large which they have a strict policy against taking any home. It would be fun to explore again at low tide when the waves weren’t constantly threatening to drench our cameras in saltwater but we did snap a few photos while we climbed around among the surf and trees. I figured a good place to start sharing would be these simple shots of shells collected by visitors and left along the shore.

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  1. DavidR - May 19, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Love all of these, the lighting (and light processing) are all calming and beautiful. I can almost feel the cool sea air. :)

  2. Paul Anthony Webb - May 19, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    These look so fantastic! Looking forward to summer.

  3. Craig Oesterling - May 20, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    I just discovered Botany Bay last year and I’d love to go back! At low tide the beach is wide and flat and you can explore the trees standing in their little clear pools, perhaps with a shell or two nestled down by their roots. I’d like to see it at high tide when you can get shots of those skeletal trees isolated in the endless expanse of ocean.

    By the way, I really like your writing style. It complements your images very well, or vice versa. Every time I come here your site just exudes this sense of calm and quiet. It’s hard to explain. But I like it. Thanks.

  4. John Carey - May 20, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    Thanks so much Craig! Happy to hear you get a calm vibe from the site, thats usually what I shoot for so it’s nice to know it’s not gone un-noticed. I will certainly be back there next time earlier in the day, it’s a gem of a place for sure, thanks for sharing your experience there.

  5. Stelios Stefanidis - June 4, 2014 at 4:37 am

    I think there is something wrong with the .zip file. I downloaded it three times and I always get an error message when I try to unzip it (unexpected end of archive, winRAR).

    Love your wallpapers, great work!

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