March 26-29, 2016 Charleston, SC
From Oak Island we went down to Charleston. On our first evening we went out to Botany Bay to the boneyard beach. We got there at low tide so we didn't get the classic trees in the water images. It was very heavily overcast, and after just a few minutes we got caught in a major Thunderstorm and had to leave.
As I say, SHOOT IT NOW. Botany Bay was badly damaged bu Hurricane Matthew in October 2016 and the walkway out to the beach was destroyed. The last time I checked, it still has not been replaced.
In our four days in Charleston, we spent a lot of time stuck inside watching heavy rains. We did find a few good places to shoot during breaks in the weather, and some of my favorites subjects are below.
Shem Creek is where you'll find the shrimp boats, and sunset is a great time to shoot here. There is a park with a walkway that runs along the creek and has good views of the boats.
Sunrise is the perfect time to photograph the iconic pineapple fountain in waterside park. Then walk along nearby Rainbow Row and explore the battery area in the beautiful early morning light.
Charleston is famous for it's historic plantations. We went to Magnolia Gardens and Plantation, which also has the Audubon swamp walkway where you can find turtles, alligators, nesting egrets and Herons, and anhingas.
Sunsets are a great time to shoot the Ravenel bridge. The bridge is lit after sunset until 11 PM. We found a couple of good sites on Patriots Point. BRING BUG SPRAY! We were eaten up by gnats and no-see-ums, but the shots were worth it.
Between Charleston and Beaufort is the Sheldon Church Ruins, and a couple of private plantations with oak lined drives.