Hunting Island State Park

Took another trip down to this state park (Official Site), about a 2 hour drive from Charleston, to see what it was like in the summer months.

The marsh grass, Spartina, was much greener than before, but we didn’t see any alligators about like we thought we would around the park.

 

While the Spartina grass is native here, it has been introduced in California and is unfortunately doing too well for the natives’ own good.

On the opposite side of the island from the marsh you will find the beach. It stretches for four miles, with the northern half being covered in snags claimed by the sea and erosion.

We did see a few more wild creatures than the time before. The fiddler crabs were more colorful, almost resembling bird droppings, and as territorial as ever. The little fellow in the photo below spent a lot of energy trying to get the attention of the larger crab in order to spar.

 

Here are a couple other animals spotted around the park, including a Red-bellied woodpecker, a barrier island subspecies of raccoon [though I don’t think the white mask indicates that], an over-heated grackle, and a cute chickadee.

I’m sure if you spent some time, and not just a couple hours, on Hunting Island, you’d see quite the list of creatures! While the island is busy, there are many little quiet spots tucked away for both wildlife and crowd-shy visitors.

As for the lighthouse, they currently charge $2 to climb the 150+ stairs [you have to be over a certain height–not small kid-friendly]. The view was beautiful, though the day cloudy and a little drizzly, so not any great photos from the top. The staircase is nicely detailed and there are signs to read as you climb.  This is the only lighthouse open to the public in South Carolina.

Lighthouse grounds

View from a Lighthouse Window

We went to the Pier to watch the fishermen, but there was more crabbing going on, and anyone with a line in the water was losing their bait to the crabs. Attached to the Pier is the Nature Center–definitely worth the visit!

Scenic Sunday Hunting Island

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Hunting Island State Park is about 13 miles east of Beaufort, SC and has the only lighthouse in the state open to the public [which I didn’t know, so I didn’t go in, oops!].

We strolled down the trail and found this fellow having his lunch.

We also walked along the marshwalk.  On the state park’s website, they say that the Vietnam swamp scenes in Forrest Gump were filmed near by. 

We also walked down the fishing pier.  There are interpretive signs along the way that relate interesting facts about the ecosystem that surrounds you.  At the end of the pier we spotted this bufflehead with his mate.  She was taking her time, so she didn’t make it in this picture.

Hunting Island is a beautiful barrier island that has lush forests, and during the warm months, offers a good chance to see alligators [not unlike the rest of South Carolina!].  But because it’s a barrier island, it won’t remain unchanged, and the next large hurricane could wipe it clean.

This is on the north end of the island, where erosion typically occurs on barrier islands.

Alright, that was a lot of pictures!  Thanks for making it through and visiting!

Sepia Scenes Morris Island

First Sepia Scenes post from South Carolina!

Below is the Morris Island Lighthouse near Folly Beach just south of Charleston, SC.

At first, when I made this into a sepia, I wasn’t fond of it because it looks like the lighthouse is floating.  But considering its history, the floating lighthouse seems to capture the transient nature of this seemingly immoveable man-made monolith.

The first version of this lighthouse was constructed back in 1767.  A larger one replaced it in 1838, but it was later destroyed during the Civil War over fears that the Union would use it as a spy tower.  [Guess they weren’t worried about getting into the harbour safely?]

The current one was built in 1876 and was placed 1200 feet inland, but by 1938 it was already at the water’s edge.   Now, even at low tide, there are waves crashing around it threatening to topple it into the Atlantic. The lighthouse was decommissioned in 1962 and replaced by the more utilitarian Sullivan’s Island Lighthouse, seen below.

Currently, there are projects in the works to restore the lighthouse.  All info gleaned from www.SaveTheLight.com and I didn’t verify, so I have no responsibility for the information except reposting.  Hope you enjoyed!

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