Edisto Beach Trip: Day 5 – Botany Bay

Day 5, Fun

For those of you that have been following my Edisto Beach posts, you probably noticed that day four is missing.  There is a simple explanation for that.  Botany Bay is closed one day a week.  I used that day to scout, hang out, relax, and do some vacation stuff.  Nothing created during that time made the cut so there is no day four entry.


I was prepared and ready for day five though.  I had checked the status of my battery the night before and the camera indicated that it was full.  I learned a valuable lesson the morning of day five: ALWAYS carry a backup battery.  I can’t explain what happened because my camera was off and the auto shut off is set for three seconds, but when I got on the beach the morning of day five and set up my first shot, nothing happened.  The camera was completely dead.  I was initially confused because I knew that the battery was full the night before.  I thought maybe something horrible had happened to the camera and it had died.  I couldn’t do anything and wasn’t able to create a single composition.  The only thing I could do was pack up and go back to the cabin.  The first thing I did was to take the battery out and put it on the charger.  To my dismay, the charger indicated that it was completely run down.  I brought two batteries with me, but I wasn’t even carrying the backup and it hadn’t been charged.  I read that letting a battery drain down without using it will shorten life expectancy so I wasn’t charging both of them at the same time – until that morning.  After the suspect battery had some juice back in it, I took it off the charger and put it back in the camera.  The camera came to life immediately with nothing apparently wrong with it at all.  Which was both a relief and a concern.  On the one hand, there didn’t appear to be anything wrong with the camera, and, on the other, I had just experienced a battery going completely dead from a full charge overnight.  I took the battery back out and put it on the charger until it was full.  Then I charged my backup until it was full.  From that day forward, I’ve carried two batteries that are both charged.


The morning of day five was spent charging batteries.  I talked to Clarence after my battery fiasco, and if I hadn’t already made up my mind to carry two fully charged batteries, he would have convinced me.  First, he told me that he had experienced the same thing on more than one occasion.  And, secondly, he informed me how good the clouds were at the beach when I didn’t have any power.


Bleak House Ice House in Botany Bay near Edisto Beach, South Carolina

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After lunch, with full batteries, I returned to Botany Bay.  As I wasn’t completely satisfied with the sky in previous attempts, I used the circular polarizer for my Churchlike piece.  That brought out the color saturation in the blues and greens.


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Mast Farm Inn Cabin In Valle Crucis, NC

Mast Farm Inn Cabin

Mast Farm Inn Cabin in Valle Crucis, North Carolina
Mast Farm Inn Cabin

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While vacationing in Boone, NC, I was walking around the grounds at the Mast Farm Inn in Valle Crucis, NC when I came upon a composition that I could not deny.  I love cabins and when they are in or near the mountains, they’re even better.  Their old cabin, known as the Loom House, feels like the epitome of mountain living.  Maybe it’s because I’ve spent many vacations in the Blue Ridge Mountains staying in cabins, but to me just the sight of one brings back feelings of excitement and reminds me of adventure, recreation, hiking, and sightseeing.  I love the hand-made qualities of this one and how inviting and relaxing the two rocking chairs on the front porch look.  I felt that the big trees and barn in the background added authenticity and made it feel charming, warmer, homey and well-loved (as if it held more than a hundred years of good memories).

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Fishing Pond At Mast Farm Inn In Valle Crucis, NC

Ole Fishing Hole

Fishing dock at Mast Farm Inn in Valle Crucis, North Carolina
Ole Fishing Hole

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While vacationing in Boone, NC, I was walking around the grounds at the Mast Farm Inn in Valle Crucis, NC when I discovered a scene that felt simultaneously serene and inviting.  The way the chairs were positioned on the dock made me feel like it was someplace I could just sit and relax while listening to and watching nature around me.  If I had been staying there, I would have wanted to grab that pole and cast my line out to see what I could catch.  I maneuvered around to where I could add some color into the composition via the Orange Jewelweed, and created my Ole Fishing Hole piece.

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