I love strawberries, don’t you? And it’s such a treat to get to enjoy strawberry season here in the Lowcountry and then again at home in early July. TWO strawberry seasons! 🙂 Nothing tastes quite as sweet and delicious as a strawberry right off the vine. They truly are nature’s candy. Yummm. Cheers to summer berries!
I love visiting the port Royal Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings. Seeing all of the vendors in the park under these huge oak trees covered in Spanish moss is other worldy, and having access to a summer bounty of produce in April is beyond exciting. I came home with zucchini, summer squash, red potatoes, cauliflower, radishes, strawberries, flowers, collards, sprouts and probably a few other things tool. Thank you, farmers!
I’ve been late to the sunrise every day this week. It’s coming up earlier and earlier and by the time I get to the beach access I can see it beaming over the marsh grass and tidal pools and sand dunes. It doesn’t matter if I make it to the beach before the sun comes up or 10 minutes after, it’s all beautiful. Here’s a painting of the first rays coming through the dune grass at the top of the beach. 🙂
The ocean talks to me every morning. The sound of the waves rolling in along the shore remind to breathe deep. I take in some deep salty air breaths as I walk the edge of the beach with the pups and I can’t help but smile. The beauty, the tranquility, the light. So much to be grateful for each and every day. xox
Tidal Pool Sunrise
I never regret a sunrise walk on the beach, even when I’m feeling sleepy, like this morning. It’s always a gift to witness the start of a new day with the pups in the salt air accompanied by the sound of the surf. And the low tide tidal pools are the best for sunrise reflections.
Yesterday I saw a juvenile bald eagle on the beach which was so impressive. I had never seen one on the ground and so close before. WOW! No eagles today, but lots of pelicans and a couple of horseshoe crabs. Hope you are well! xox. Sending love and light your way. xox
The other morning I was waiting for the sun to come up so that I could take the pups to beach for our sunrise walk and I heard a racket outside. I walked out on the balcony and caught a glimpse of a herd of deer running through the marsh below me at high tide. What an incredibly beautiful sight. The deer on the island are such a wonderful part of the Fripp experience and I decided it was time I paint one of these cuties. This young buck came right up to see what was happening when I was sitting in the sand driveway playing ball with Zoe–just 6 feet from me. So amazing. Those eyes–he has sweetness written all over his face. xoxo
We watched the sunset from the South end of the island the other night. It was a gorgeous one. Even a dolphin came out to watch. The dolphin made its way down the narrow channel between Fripp & Pritchard’s. We could actually hear it breathe and see that sweet dolphin smile. So special with this evening light!
Morning beach walks are the best. They give me time to move my body, breathe the sea air, ease into the day and just appreciate the beauty that surrounds me. And I get to play with our two pups … one in a wheel chair whose spirit is so big, nothing stops her from embracing each day. So many gifts first thing in the morning. xo
Old Sheldon Church Road
I’ve been coming to the South Carolina Sea Islands since I was 13. My dad has a home base here now and I am lucky enough to get to spend a chunk of time here painting and exploring with my partner and pets this Spring. It’s otherworldly down here in the lowcountry with the vegetation, wildlife and landscape. My favorite part of arriving is getting off the highway and riding down Old Sheldon Church Road with the canopy of Spanish moss hanging off of the oak trees. Magical. And then my favorite part of actually being here is the daily sunrise walks on the beach–stay tuned. 🙂 Be well, friends! xox