Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A New Arrival

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Quite a treat at the beach yesterday. According to the regulars that walk the beach, this tree washed up overnight during the spring tide of January's Full Moon.

The east coast shoreline is always in constant flux. On Hilton Head Island the beach erodes on the north end and the south end gains beach. 

Just south of Charleston, South Carolina, there is a plantation that's now wildlife management area called Botany Bay Plantation Heritage Preserve. It has 4,687 acres and part of it runs along the Atlantic ocean. It recently opened to the public in 2008 and we've only just begun to explore this treasure. 

I mention this place because along the plantation's shoreline there are many dead trees that protrude out of the sand. Land that's been reclaimed by the sea.  It's eerie and fascinatingly beautiful at the same time. I was thinking that it's totally possible that this tree traveled the tides from Botany Bay down to our beach on Hilton Head Island.  What stories this beauty of a tree could tell!


  1. Really cool! It's amazing how something dead can be so beautiful.

  2. Thanks, mpsteen2. Anyone working in wood... especially wood turners would have carted this off if they could :)

  3. Your tree looks very 3-dimensional with the shading you've done. Very nice.

  4. Aaah, what a beautiful find Pam... and you've depicted it so beautifully. Just LOVE beach finds...

  5. Thanks, Claire. Mother nature's a good teacher :)

    Thanks, Maree! Me too :)

  6. Hey Pam! this is a great sketch. Lucky you to have been in the right place at the right time.

  7. It IS a lovely sketch! I love the contrast of the dead wood and the lively sea and sky.


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