Is beauty in the eye of the beholder? What causes some people see beauty in something while others see it as an eyesore? The photos presented are of two beaches that are separated by less than twenty miles. Beauty or eyesore—what do you think?
My wife and I recently vacationed for a week on Edisto Island in South Carolina, where we were beholders of beauty, and in some ways, the fragility of life. The beaches we visited are known as Edisto Beach and Botany Bay Wildlife Management Area (4,000 acres).
I sensed it was going to be a nice week when I saw the view from the rear deck of the house we rented—a golf course. However, I never even touched my clubs. I did witness many golfers feeding golf balls to the fish with some very poor tee shots—some even did it multiple times. Maybe that’s why I decided not to play.
Our next opportunity to behold the beauty of Edisto Beach came the first day on the beach. The Lord painted a canvas with a glorious sunset. The following four photos depict the transition in the final moments as the sun dropped below the horizon. It was a nice way to end the first day on the beach.
SUNSET – DAY 4
THUNDERSTORM BLOCKED SUNSET – FINAL DAY
Our trip to Botany Bay was nothing short of AWESOME! The journey began on a dirt road through a canopy of live oak trees that led to a narrow footpath to the beach.
The walk to the beach was a bit long, but the beautiful view of the marshlands was enough to keep us moving forward to our ultimate goal—the beach. The tide was ebbing, so there were hordes of fiddler crabs scurrying about on the mud flats in search of food.
As we made our way onto the beach, we saw a display of life, death, and destruction intertwined in mystery. The salty waters of the Atlantic Ocean have reclaimed some of the shoreline by sucking the life from trees and plants that once thrived, providing shelter for a variety of creatures. The massive quantity of driftwood was a sight I had never seen before.
It was with a sense of both sadness and awe that I looked to the left and right on the beach to see just how fragile life really is. Yet, at the same time, I wondered what the shore may have looked like many years ago and who might have visited this site when the trees were full of life. One can only imagine.
In addition to the driftwood on the shore, there was evidence of creatures that once lived in the ocean. Thousands and thousands of seashells covered the beach, providing further evidence of life once lived.
Unfortunately, the only living creatures we saw, excluding a few other nature lovers, were three pelicans gliding gracefully just above the lifeless trees.
As we were leaving the beach, we may have spotted the reason for the lack of life—the Beast of Botany Bay. The Beast (center of photo) comes out each evening to roam the shoreline in search of new prey. Well, not really. The Beast is just my imagination working overtime. The Beast is nothing more than another lifeless tree. If you ever have a chance to visit Botany Bay, see if you can locate the Beast.
EDISTO BEACH and BOTANY BAY—did you behold beauty, an eyesore, or both? Each beholder will answer the question based on their personal perspective, but whether you beheld beauty or an eyesore, a visit to Edisto Beach and Botany Bay is well worth your time and effort.
I leave you with this true Beauty on Botany Bay (my wife) and another beast (that would be me).
AND THE BEAST
Now, we’re moving on in search of more beauty in nature. I hope you will do the same. Enjoy every day you have!
Note – I apologize for the poor photo quality, but it was the best I could do with my cell phone.
Tom Tatum – Author – 2016
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