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Spanish Hammock, Tybee Island

Spanish Hammock, Tybee Island

“Spanish Hammock, Tybee”, oil, 4 x 6”, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Spanish Hammock, Tybee”, oil, 4 x 6”, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

Racing clouds cast strong patterns of light and shadows across both Spanish Hammock and the distant marsh on Tybee Island. But it was the clouds themselves I found most fascinating that day.

All that big movement that comes in the sky just before a storm blows in.

The only thing more fascinating to watch than a storm brewing over the marsh is one over the ocean.

I painted this first in the summer of 2020, but there was something that kept bugging me.

“Spanish Hammock, Tybee”, oil, 4 x 6”, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Spanish Hammock, Tybee”, oil, 4 x 6”, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

Being back in that same spot this summer during a flood tide helped me “fix” it, to get the feeling of land caught between water and sky.

Storm over the Salt Marsh

Storm over the Salt Marsh

“Storm over the Salt Marsh”, oil, 5 x 7″, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Storm over the Salt Marsh”, oil, 5 x 7″, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

The captivating odor of salty air, hot sun on warm cedars and pines, and the rich tang of pluff mud.

That’s the scent of the Lowcountry.

A land full of water…creeks, rivers, inlets, sounds, and of course, the sea.

The wide open spaces of the salt marshes are the perfect meeting of the drama of the sky, and the light across water and grasses.

A late afternoon storm was blowing in with clouds blocking the last of the sun, leaving ribbons of light on the water.

Watching a storm roll in over that big an expanse, whether it’s the marsh or the ocean, is a reminder of how big nature is, and how truly small humans are in the grand scheme of things.

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.

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