Thursday, March 1, 2018

Botany Bay, Edisto Island, SC

On Sunday we headed up to Botany Bay on Edisto Island, SC.  We had been here before about 3 years ago and wanted to see the island once again. Below is a description I took off of the DNR website that describes the place perfectly

"The 4,630-acre plantation on Edisto Island was a gift from the Margaret Pepper family. It was given to the state in 1977 by Mr. Pepper but was only able to be used after his wife passed away so she would have the opportunity to continue her years on the land she loved, as per her husband’s request.
In July 2008, the land – now a Wildlife Management Area operated by South Carolina’s Department of Natural Resources – was made open to the public.
The land itself is full of nature’s rich beauty – from the sunflower fields to the salt marsh and fresh water ponds to the Spanish moss draped oaks to the miles of private beach; it is emblematic of South Carolina’s unique environment.
Take a walk down any of the trails and view the many species – including deer, alligators, fiddler crabs, and egrets – native to the unspoiled land. It’s the home and nesting area of more than 100 Loggerhead turtles.
Visitors are welcome to explore the virtually untouched beach and admire the variety of sea shells and other natural artifacts, but nothing is allowed to be taken off the beach. Walk the beach in either direction and find yourself on soft sand surrounded by the ocean, marsh, and trees. Both Seabrook Island and Edisto Beach can be seen from the beach at Botany Bay."

Below are the photos I took while visiting the island.  After 2 major hurricane's, Matthew and Irma the place looks a whole lot different than when we were here 3 years ago  The shoreline has changed drastically, the shells that used to literally carpet the beaches are gone and many more trees have been uprooted.  It's still a beautiful place to see but to quote a friend of mine.  "Mother nature has rearranged the furniture".  I love though how folks have taken the shells and placed them in places all over the trees.  It is like a scavenger hunt for shells.  

My favorite photo of the day.

I wonder what it will look like in another 3 years.