things that catch your eye. {part III}

I told you it was coming, and here it is. This is the final installment from our recent vacation to Edisto Island, South Carolina. I hope you have enjoyed looking through these with me.:)If you missed part one, click HERE, part two, click HERE.

Out on our porch we had this friend always greeting us. He didn’t move much on his 2 foot long web, which worked just perfect for me because I wanted to make sure I kept an eye on where he was at all times. YIKES. It was a HUGE spider.

Brett went biking alone one day and found this awesome boardwalk that went out into the marsh.

There are beautiful Egrets around the marshlands.

We took a tour of the old plantations around the island and this is one of the huge live oaks.  If you want a sense of perspective, look for little Brett in the bottom left with his butt sticking out. :)

Sea Oats dancing.  They put on a glorious show.

More marshland.  It was so beautiful.

This is an old abandoned fish house that our friend Heidi clued us in on. (Thanks Heidi!)  What a little treasure.

Cool old sign by the fish house.  I want one.

I wonder what this window has seen.

We visited the cemetery where many of the original plantation owners were buried.  I love history, so hearing their stories and visiting their burial site was amazing.

The story of the grave with the bricks was something like this…a gentleman died and his wife buried him in the Presbyterian cemetery, in their family section.  I don’t remember what it was that made the church mad, but they told the wife that there were going to remove his body from their graveyard.  The wife was very angry, so she was determined to find a way to stop this from happening.  She researched the laws of the Presbyterian Church, and found a rule stating that if a grave is enclosed, it can not be touched.  The night before the church was going to dig up her beloved husband, she sent her slaves to the cemetery and had them enclose the grave with brick and mortar.  His body has remained there since.

Remember the place I told you about in part II that I was DYING to see?  It was a plantation that was privately owned which opened to the public for the first time this past summer.  It was unadulterated beauty.  The beaches were lined with huge conk shells everywhere, and it had the look of a  tree graveyard. I stood there thinking, “pinch me- for I must be dreaming.”  I am a tree fanatic.  We saw this on our way out and we had to hurry, but I loved every moment on that beach.

One of my absolute favorites.

Going home.  As hard as it was, we enjoyed ourselves thoroughly so going home was easy to accept. :)  This is the tunnel back to reality.  Brett snapped it as I drove.

Thanks for going along on this journey with us. So now that you know what we like, any suggestions where we should go on our next vacation?  We would LOVE to hear!!!  Comment below.

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October 23, 2008 - 4:22 pm

jodie - Love these photos! The processing is beautiful. I love the tree photos and hearing the story of the grave… we like historic details like that and have gotten lost on many a trip trying to find this or that historical place! Thanks for sharing your trip!

October 23, 2008 - 5:03 pm

Annie@VarlandPhotography - These are great! I especially like the ones with the trees near the end… The enclosed grave story is neat, too!

October 23, 2008 - 5:20 pm

Heidi - Jessica, I just knew you would do amazing things with the Botany Bay Plantation. I’ve been checking for days in anticipation. On a funnier note…I think we have photos of Brett in the adidas t-shirt from all those years ago. If we find them, I’ll send them your way :)

October 23, 2008 - 6:04 pm

jess w - man, that giant oak tree (with brett in the pic) is breathtaking. i think you should make notecards out of the pics of trees growing out of the sand at coastline.

October 23, 2008 - 6:30 pm

jason - beautiful shots.
i love the tree at the edge of the ocean and the pathway to the field

October 23, 2008 - 8:06 pm

E.M. Skidmore - the story I heard about the grave was that her husband committed suicide and the elders didn’t believe he could be laid to rest in consecrated ground. I also was told the next morning she met the elders at the grave with a gun and that somewhat dampened their enthusiasm for moving the body. All these are stories from my childhood, I suspect the real story is in one of the books like “Tales of Edisto”, but real history should never get in the way of a good story!

Wonderful photos!

October 23, 2008 - 9:27 pm

gina - you were so right, these are beautiful and worth the wait!
i’m from the south, so the live oaks hold a special place for me and you captured their magic.
especially the graveyard shot…with history to boot.
love your choice of processing too:)

October 24, 2008 - 4:34 am

Alex - Seems that you´re also smokin´ landcape photograhers. Love the boardwalk pic and the tree with Brett.

Next vacation? What about Hanover, Germany ;-)


October 24, 2008 - 4:47 pm

wrecklessgirl - i’m so flabbergasted right now…amazing work. all of it. i love the spider shot…all of god’s creation is so delicately crafted…even the small of our sorts. so wonderful to see this post!

October 26, 2008 - 4:02 pm

lucy - jess i love these photos. esp. the trees sprouting from the sand…so freaking cool! and i love those boardwalk/pier shots, love the length and the perspective. total postcard pics.

October 28, 2008 - 5:33 pm

Amber - LOVE the tree pics Jesse!! You did a great job capturing your love for them in the photos!

October 29, 2008 - 2:23 pm

Erin - WOW!! these are fantastic! makes me want to drop everything and photo exploring to find undiscovered beauty. great images, composition and uncompromised creativity.

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