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Golden Fall, Botany Bay

Golden Fall, Botany Bay

“Golden Fall, Botany Bay”, oil, 6 x 6”, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Golden Fall, Botany Bay”, oil, 6 x 6”, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

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The golden fall light paints the marshes of Botany Bay with rich color beyond the usual green.

Fall takes its time arriving in the Lowcountry, but the gold and haze are characteristic. Heat and lower angled light.

Botany Bay is a state heritage/wildlife management site on Edisto Island, protected and open to the public.

The “Boneyard Beach”, where the trees killed by advancing salt water have fallen, is dramatic and the main attraction for most visitors.

But my favorite sections are the pine and oak woods on the edges of the old fields, and wide open marshes.

Dawn Light, Edisto

Dawn Light, Edisto

“Dawn Light, Edisto”, oil, 8 x 10”, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Dawn Light, Edisto”, oil, 8 x 10”, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

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I love the pre-dawn early morning light.

I’ve stayed in a house right on Scott Creek on Edisto Island several times in October, right during some of the most beautiful weather we have here.

Watching the sunrise with a cup of coffee on the porch is one of the real treats of being there.

Just before the sun comes up the light is all blue and dark. Then that first streak appears.

Fave moment of the day.

And that blue says fall to me.

That rich cobalt blue that happens between October and March, filling both the water and the sky with the taste of blueberries

The color of a flock of bluebirds rising from a fall field, the salty smell of the sea.

Marsh, Late Afternoon

Marsh, Late Afternoon

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Marsh, Late Afternoon

8 x 10″

Oil on panel 

From The Lowcountry Collection by Mary Bentz Gilkerson, inspired by sights and scents of the South Carolina/Georgia Lowcountry, a magical rich area full of captivating odors – salty air, hot sun on warm cedars and pines, and the fecund rich tang of puff mud…

Dawn Clouds

Dawn Clouds

“Dawn Clouds”, oil, 5 x 7”, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Dawn Clouds”, oil, 5 x 7”, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

 

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The first morning light gives a silvery light to the clouds in the western sky and reflect across the flooded marshes. Full high tide and morning light make a beautiful duo. All other colors are muted in comparison to the opalescent morning light.

Late Afternoon Light, Edisto Island

Late Afternoon Light, Edisto Island

“Late Afternoon Light, Edisto Island", oil, 4 x 6", © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Late Afternoon Light, Edisto Island”, oil, 4 x 6″, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

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The last blaze of intense light on a late winter/early spring afternoon on Edisto Island. The marshes along Fishing Creek are subdued, without their summertime glaring greens.

This one is about 30 minutes before the time in Evening Light, Edisto Island. Here, the sun is still above the horizon, shooting light between the fingers of land out over the distant marsh.

Fall and spring are some of my favorite times on the island, quieter with a changing palette of color. Lots of lavenders, roses, mango oranges, and silvery greys.

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Evening Light, Edisto Island

Evening Light, Edisto Island

“Evening Light, Edisto Island", oil, 6 x 8", © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Evening Light, Edisto Island”, oil, 6 x 8″, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

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An early spring sunset casts a soft hazy pink glow over Edisto Island. Light flickers out across the marshes from the dozens of small creeks that split the grasses into tiny islands of their own. The heat of the day meets the coolness of evening, and the pink, mango orange of the sky becomes part of the mist rising off the land. It’s one of my favorite times of day to paint, whether I’m in the wide open fields of Lower Richland, or the vast expanse of the Edisto marshes.
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