Harbor Island


  Mrs. Matlock’s seven week  Rainbow Summer School is now in session.

 This week’s color of the Rainbow assignment is Orange~

We just returned from our annual family beach trip and I went through my photos looking for orange shots to share.

 Beautiful sunrises & sunsets are the norm at Harbor Island. Our family has been visiting this barrier island located near Beaufort, S.C. for the past five years. Quiet and relatively secluded, with the exception of pelicans, herons, horseshoe crabs & playful dolphins~  I’m afraid that our secluded family getaway will cease to be secluded, with Southern Living’s article on The South’s Most Secret Beaches, published in the April edition of their magazine.

So Shhhhh~ don’t tell anyone . . .

 Our house was appropriately named, and as luck would have it, a shrimp color (that’s a shade of orange, right?)


  Loggerhead Turtle nesting is taking place up and down the beach~ we counted 27 nest sites.


Loggerhead Turtle tracks we found on our early morning beach walk :-) The turtle people were marking the new nest. . .

 Speaking of shrimp, trawlers and birds are hard at work all morning long . . .

Orange-y palm fronds of the Palmetto Trees, casting shadows . . .

Comfy furniture on the porch . . . it would have been a delightful place to curl up with a book, but there was an “extreme heat advisory” for the S.C. coast the week we were there~ with a heat index of 118 the last half of the week.

 Our “camp” . . .

. . . complete with an orange kayak~

A few treasures that can be found . . .

Our adult beverage of choice~ Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka, mixed with lemonade. . .

Thanks to serendipity, my brother-in-law, packed & wore his orange hat and shirt . . .

 Surf fishing yields surprising results . . .

 A word of caution:   A baby stingray still has a barb that stings. The resulting puncture wound is painful, requiring an up-to-date tetanus shotantibiotics, and an inconvenient trip to Urgent Care as another brother-in-law discovered. If you find yourself in this situation, you can read how to treat the sting here until you see a doctor.

 Pier fishing at Hunting Island State Park is always on our list of things to do. The pier extends out into Fripp Inlet, with views of Fripp Island, where Pat Conroy makes his home. Watch your bait or the birds will take it. . .

 Dining at Dockside is a tradition. . . on this trip we ate there twice.

My nephews cleaned up pretty well :-)

Lots of fishing boats to look at while waiting for a table . . .

My youngest nephew, Seth. . .his food of choice~ chicken fingers & bread, not necessarily in that order.

 A dolphin spotted cruising by looking for dinner too. . .

Thanks to my hostesses to this week’s parties I’m linking to:

 Jenny Matlock’s Aphabe-Thursday for Rainbow Fun

 A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday

And Watery Wednesday–prepare to get your eyes wet

The Tablescaper for Summer Sundays

Hey Harriet for Shadow Shot Sunday

  49 comments for “Harbor Island

  1. August 3, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    So many great shots.

  2. August 3, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    So many photos! I think it is especially cool that you saw the loggerhead footprints! And I love the shells!!

  3. August 3, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Your photos are simply stunning. I am from S.C. and love the natural beauty of my home state. Thanks for this post. I am visiting from Outdoor Wednesday. olive

  4. Ann
    August 3, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Amazing photos of such a beautiful beach – topped off with my favorite Firefly and lemonade – I can almost feel the sand between my toes. Life doesn’t get much better.

  5. Patti
    August 3, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Your photos are like a mini-vacation sans the heat! Beautiful!

  6. August 3, 2010 at 9:32 pm


    My Water Wednesday

  7. August 3, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    This looks like a wonderful family trip! Our family went to St George Island, FL. this summer and loved it. I love the photo of the shrimp boats with the sunset behind them- gorgeous!


  8. August 3, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    What a wonderful journey thru your pictures!!!!!

  9. August 3, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    Mary, you take the most wonderful photos. Thank you for sharing. I feel as if I’ve been to the beach! ~ Sarah

  10. August 4, 2010 at 1:29 am

    Fantastic shots. When we were living at Hilton Head we had to have the exterior lights taken down and replaced because they were confusing the loggerheads. They are just awesome to watch!

  11. August 4, 2010 at 2:31 am

    What an awesome set of photos!!! I think I will have to put that barrier island on my list of places we need to go!! I love vacationing on barrier islands!! We haven’t flown on vacation much since we have the bichons and they do not do well without us around…so we got the RV for them…we spent part of last winter in South Carolina. It’s beautiful there!! Thanks for sharing your wonderful pictures!!

  12. August 4, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Looks like a lovely place to visit – will have to keep in mind! Great shots.

  13. August 4, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Beautiful shots!! Love all of them. Happy Wednesday!

    Watery Wednesday

  14. August 4, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    Wow, gorgeous series of photos, I loved them all!

  15. La
    August 4, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    I felt like I was right there with you on vacation. Your pictures are incredible. I love the Carolina Coast. It feels like my home away from home. Thank you for taking me along….if only vicariously. La

  16. Kat
    August 4, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Oh my goodness, I feel more relaxed just looking at these photos. Your pictures are gorgeous, and this looks like a wonderful place. Our favorite beach has been mentioned in a few magazines, and it is definitely getting more crowded.

  17. August 4, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    You have some amazing shots! I can’t believe how much orange you found – great post!

  18. August 4, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    Gorgeous shots – looks like a wonderful place to sit, relax and watch the world go by :)

  19. soulintention: signed .............bkm
    August 4, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    Beautiful photos of life on the coast – thank you for sharing…bkm

  20. August 4, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    What a wonderful family vacation! Those are great photos of a beautiful area!

  21. August 5, 2010 at 7:18 am

    What a gorgeous place! Fantastic pictures of the coast life.

  22. JDaniel4's Mom
    August 5, 2010 at 7:48 am

    I love all the orange pictures. It looks like it was a wonderful vacation.

  23. August 5, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Great shots – feel like I’ve just been to the beach! Fabulous post!

    Have a great Rainbow Orange day,


    PS Mine this time is HERE. Hope you can join me.

  24. August 5, 2010 at 10:57 am

    awesome shots…
    lovely beach tour.

  25. August 5, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    If your life were a book, I’d go out, buy it right now, and dive in!



  26. Pondside
    August 5, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    How beautiful. I want to be right there!
    What a lot of gorgeous orange you found.

  27. August 6, 2010 at 10:14 am

    What a wonderful trip! And all that orange – funny what you notice when you are looking!

  28. August 6, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Great shots from your trip. 118 degree heat advisory???????? Ouch. I do love the Carolinas with all my heart and soul. Hope to retire to southeastern NC. Since that’s a ways off, real estate could be waaaaay out of our range by then. I love vicariously through your beautiful posts.

  29. August 6, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Thanks for sharing your photos–great shots! Hope it’s a little cooler, too!

  30. jo
    August 6, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    oh my … first let me say that i am totally jealous …. your trip looks like a slice of heaven … i just want to insert myself into those photos and into that air and sea and sun and surf …. wow … what splendor!
    okay, and wonderful orange post!!!!

  31. August 6, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    Beautiful! Your photographs are outstanding. I can hardly wait to visit this area.

  32. August 7, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    Those are beautiful pictures. It looks like the ideal getaway spot (I won’t tell anyone)!

  33. August 7, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    Spent ten days on Folly Beach 12 years ago. So Wonderful. Thanks for taking me back.

  34. August 8, 2010 at 2:20 am

    Oh my gosh! This is a most wonderful series of photos! I didn’t want it to end. I felt like I was transported away on a little holiday! Thanks so much for sharing these gorgeous images :)

  35. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    August 8, 2010 at 7:29 am

    Beautiful photos, I can almost smell the salt air!

  36. August 8, 2010 at 8:19 am

    These pictures are so lovely! Oh, the salt air is in my blood! I miss it so! We are going to IOP tomorrow for a week before school starts, and I can not wait! These pictures are making me drool!!! Thank you for sharing your lovely vacation! Goodbye summer…

  37. August 8, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Thank you for taking me on this mini vacation! I love vacation pictures! And those SC beaches are amazingly beautiful! You are very lucky to have this family destination. Enjoy! Linda

  38. August 8, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Wow! An entire photo album in one post! Such lovely photos, too. I love the ones of the shells, particularly but they’re all really nice. The natural as well as man-made oranges really compliment the sandy look and feel and that of the water. I’m so glad to have stopped by and seen your gorgeous photos.

  39. August 8, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    Oh, my, how many beautiful shadows. The picket fence, the sea shells, the old little bridge. Such a delight!
    Have a great week!

  40. August 8, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    I have never been to Harbor Island and your secret is safe with me. Such a gorgeous array of beautiful shots from your vacation. I love the idea of going to the same place every year. We do go most years to Bear Lake and love it…the kids love being with their cousins and happy memories are made! Looks like you made some happy memories this year…great orange shots too! Love the water and boat shots! Joni

  41. August 8, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    Such gorgeous photos!!! I’ve never been to that part of the country, but you make me feel like I’m there.

    Thanks so much for being a part of “Summer Sundays”.

    – The Tablescaper

  42. August 9, 2010 at 7:03 am

    what a WONDERFUL vacation & you took some incredible shots, too!
    We’ve been to Beaufort, S.C as my DD & family lived on Hilton Head Island for awhile. Never got to Harbor Island, though. your photo make me want to visit soon.

  43. August 9, 2010 at 8:59 am

    It was very fine touring your orange shots. Really excellent. Your love for the medium shows. Your scenes are so different from my part of the country. I really loved getting back to the ocean with you. Makes me homesick for a visit! Jacqueline

  44. August 9, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    Beautiful pictures! I love the beach and it looks like you had a great time there. Enjoy!

  45. August 9, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    What a breathtaking trip. The scenery was magnificent there. I haven’t been to the Carolinas in years and I’m thinking that needs to be corrected next summer.

    This was an absolutely gorgeous stop on our little journey through Alphabe-Thursdays Rainbow Summer School.

    Your pictures were fantastic!

    Thank you for linking.

    I really enjoyed my stop here today.


  46. August 9, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Thanks for sharing! I feel like I have a bit of sand in my shoes after your lovely journey.

    Getting into truffle

  47. August 9, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    what a beautiful place to be…someday I hope to visit…I love the ocean and the wildlife!

  48. August 14, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    oh. my. god… i LOVE your blog… i soooooooooo enjoy seeing your life, you are just pure art to me :-)

    you sure live the great wet life too~

  49. Mindy
    August 16, 2010 at 8:46 pm


    Can we come next year? What’s two more kids? It looks perfect there. Your description was perfect. Glad you had a nice trip.

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