Summer morning on the Southeastern coast…
Have you ever been in a sauna?
That’s what it feels like after the breeze dies, the humidity rises, and cicadas pulse in the heat.
While the morning started cool, pleasant, and breezy, by 11:30 the air was still and the sauna was going full blast.
It’s the afternoon thunderstorms that are to blame. They tend to build and hit between 3-5pm, all. summer. long.
But as uncomfortable as the humidity can be, it creates beautiful rich atmospheric effects.
All of that moisture in the air made the distant shoreline here a blue-green haze.
The other thing that’s unique about this time of year, the color of the light.
It’s white for most of the day, but especially in late morning/early afternoon.
Which just adds to the sense of building heat.
White light, soft color, humidity, and the buzzing of cicadas…that’s a Lowcountry summer morning.
You can get a taste of that in the video below!
On this morning I was painting with a friend at Battery Park on Tybee Island, right on the edge of the marsh, looking towards Ft. Pulaski in the distance.