Friday, December 11, 2009

Exploring the state: Inspiration

A recent trip to Botany Bay Plantation a new state wildlife preserve, proved to be quite inspiring for marsh painting. This is a jewel nestled in the marsh country south of Charleston. The land was given to the state and is the land of two old plantations bundled together. One of them was "Sea Cloud's Plantation" the other I forget. But after the Civil War they were returned to one family because they really didn't know to whom it belonged. Well in the end it was willed to the state recently and is being well-conserved now for all South Carolinians to come visit. But don't plan on taking anything, wildflowers, seashells from the beach or anything native from the property. And if you bring your lunch, plan on taking your garbage back home with you... no trash cans are on site. This park is a great venue for a leisurely bike ride. There are oak and pine woodlands, marshes and a beautiful natural beach. While we were there we saw porpoises playing just a few feet out from the beach. The marshs are incredible. And I was inspired to do quite a bit of marsh-scapes.

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