Monthly Archives: October 2013

Murrells Inlet

Murrells Inlet is my home! Everybody likes to brag about their home, and guess what — Murrells Inlet is legendary!   It’s the place where hushpuppies were invented, where Blackbeard and other pirates of the high seas stashed their ill-gotten booty. It’s the place where local and visitor alike have reported the chance meeting with one of the Inlet’s local ghosts.   History in our community began writing itself long before this area was officially named Murrells Inlet by the post office in 1913. The origin of this name remains a mystery with theories resting in passed-down legends of pirates and fishermen and incomplete records of landowners, plats and maps. 

By the 1700s, scores of pirates had taken to the high seas to intercept cargo vessels and make off with the goods.  The South Carolina coastal waters were especially productive for pirates and the coves and inlets along Murrells Inlet provided great hiding places for those marauders.

Pirates who became local legends include Edward Teach, also known as Blackbeard because of his coal-black beard, and Drunken Jack, who was left behind on an island with a huge stash of stolen rum (and died with a smile on his face).

Our history includes Native American tribes, 16th century Spanish explorers and English colonists.  By the 1800s successful rice plantations were producing almost 47 million pounds of rice and were more successful than the tobacco  and cotton plantations of the Southeast.

People who summered in Murrells Inlet in the 1800s generally traveled by steamboat docking at the Wachesaw River Landing.  The river steamboats were known for excellent food and many of the steamboats’ cooks settled in Murrells Inlet, giving the area a reputation for savory cuisine long ago.

Yep – Murrells Inlet is where I call home! If you have not ever been here, you owe it to yourself to visit at least once. Put us on your “bucket list”!

This image was from the afternoon of 11 October 2013, click it for larger view:

Stormy Inlet


Posted in Black and White, inlet images, murrells inlet, photography, South Carolina

Featured Photographer – Janine Briggs

Todays Featured Photographer is my friend Janine Briggs.  Here’s Janine telling you a little bit about herself —

I am an amateur photographer and a Massachusetts native, since 2005 my husband Fred and I live in Surfside Beach South Carolina with our golden retriever Ginger. In 2010 we vacationed in Yellow Stone National Park and my passion for wildlife and landscape photography blossomed. I am a member of Carolina Natures Photographers Association of which I have been actively attending meetings, outings and workshops. Through the coaxing of my friends I am now a member of the Seacoast Artist Guild. I am always looking forward to when I can get out and shoot. There are many places of interest in this country, of which, I have only visited a few. My bucket list for places to visit continues to grow as I learn more in the world of photography.
I hope that you all enjoy what I have accomplished.

Thanks, Janine! You can see more of Janine’s work on her Flickr page, at the Charleston Art Shop, at Fine Art America, and on Facebook!

Click on each image for larger view:


IMG_6419_960 IMG_6366_1_960 IMG_4313_960 IMG_0726_960 _MG_6896_H_960

Posted in art and entertainment, CNPA, Featured Photographer, outdoor, photography, Seacoast Artists Guild, South Carolina

Featured Photographer – Jason Bennett

Today’s Featured Photographer is Jason Bennett. Jason and his wife, Erica, own a small video and photography company called Docent Prodigy in Charleston, SC.  The historic surroundings and southern charm of the area provide an easy and inviting canvas on which to paint a photographer’s vision.  Jason has worked in the TV industry for 15 years and branched out into fine art photography as well as portraiture as a way to expand his skills and express himself in new and exciting ways.

To see more about Jason, you can catch him at these links: 

Here are some images that Jason has shared with us. Click on image for larger view:
Docent Prodigy - Diamonds Sunset Docent Prodigy - IOP Pier Docent Prodigy - Pass Time Docent Prodigy - Pineapple Doecnt Prodigy - Morris Island Lighthouse
Posted in Black and White, Charleston, Featured Photographer, Folly Beach, lighthouse, Morris Island Lighthouse, Night photography, photography, South Carolina

Featured Photographer – Kate Silvia

Charleston area photographer Kate Silvia is my “Featured Photographer” today. Like other you have seen so far, Kate is an active member of the Carolinas’ Nature Photographers Association Here is what Kate has to say for herself —
The fact of the matter is, I’ve always loved taking pictures…even when I didn’t really know how. I’ve also always loved teaching others. I was the person who loved to train the new people at whatever job I had. (There’ve been a few…an environmental regulator, an aquarium curator…yes I swam with sharks and got bit by a moray eel, a juggler at the games at Six Flags in my younger years) But I digress…

I really love seeing an aspiring photographer take a shot that they didn’t know they could and just grin ear to ear. I’m tickled by Photoshop newbies when they see how much they can improve what the camera spits out and make the images reflect their emotions when they captured them.

My photographic goals are simple, to Inspire People! In my nature work, I want to inspire people to better appreciate the natural world and hopefully take simple steps to improve the environment. For my portraiture, I want to capture precious moments for families that will bring them joy for years to come.

Thanks, Kate – I know that there are many you have inspired with your work. If you would like to see more of Kates work, visit her website   or her blog   her FaceBook page  and her YouTube page.

Here are some images that Kate has shared with us:  Click on image for larger view


Cowee Sunset 2 Copy Folly Pilings Orion and Twilight 1 Magnolia Hidden Pond cypress and leaf DE Roan Sunset Waterfront Park Fountain Twilight

Posted in art and entertainment, Charleston, CNPA, Featured Photographer, Folly Beach, Night photography, outdoor

Featured Photographer – Maria Delaney

WOW! It’s October already! Where has this year gone? Our Featured Photographer today is Maria Delaney! Here’s what Maria has to say about herself —

Sharing my images and some of my once in a lifetime shots with everyone has become one of my passions. I enjoy capturing the intense colors just before the sun peeks out and brightens the beach and marshes as well as the beautiful sunrises.
I am a published and an award winning photographer who calls Pawleys Island, SC home. My photographs depict glorious nature scenes, beach residents, wildlife, and city scenes that are viewed around the world. My husband and I are S.C.U.T.E. volunteers dedicated to sea turtle conservation. A portion of the sale proceeds from turtle images are used to educate people about these endangered species and to support the adoption of an injured sea turtle.

Four of my photos, Breach, Frolicking, Lunch Time, and Volcano were selected and are being immortalized on the cruise ship, The Royal Princess.
I am a member of the Carolina’s Nature Photographers Association and am on the Board of Directors for Seacoast Artist Guild and the Seacoast Mall Gallery Director at Murrells Inlet.

Here are a few images Maria has chosen to share with us:

Click on image for larger view.

Volcano Pink Glory Lunch Time Frolicking Breach


Posted in art and entertainment, CNPA, Featured Photographer, outdoor, pelican, photography, Seacoast Artists Guild, South Carolina