Pawleys Island in the time of Covid

Pawleys Island during Covid?

It was a decision fraught with more than a bit of terror and trepidation—to go to Pawleys Island for a week of landscape and nature photography or stay safe, hunkered down at home?  The Covid-19 case numbers were trending higher in South Carolina, but actually not higher than the stupid-high numbers at home in Louisiana; would it really make much difference which hotspot I spent the week in? Eventually, armed with face masks, Lysol spray and alcohol wipes, we headed out, determined to spend a week staring at something besides our own 4 walls at home.

My favorite time of day, early morning. Pawleys Island, South Carolina. (Photo Copyright 2020 G. Andrew Boyd)

My wife and I have been road warriors since the earliest days of our relationship. As crazy as it might sound, driving 800 miles in a day is not something that gives us much pause. 
We didn’t want to risk a hotel room and once at Pawleys Island we would have a beach house all to ourselves. 

Starfish in the surf, Pawleys Island, South Carolina. (Photo Copyright 2020 G. Andrew Boyd)

The experts have said that the beach with its ocean breezes is one of the safer outdoor spaces to occupy. Early in the morning is also one of my favorite times to photograph and the sands, surf and sky make for fantastic inspiration. Nearby Huntington Beach State Park is also an amazing place to photograph shore birds. So here are some of the preliminary images from our photo safari. Eventually some of these images, once edited carefully and toned, may end up over on my art photography website. Hope these brighten your day!

Breakfast at the Shoreline, or EverybodyÕs Gotta Eat. (Photo Copyright 2020 G. Andrew Boyd)
Tricolored Heron, Huntington Beach State Park. (Photo Copyright 2020 G. Andrew Boyd)
Snowy Egret, Huntington Beach State Park. The park has an extensive boardwalk that goes out over the inland salt marsh, providing excellent viewing opportunities. (Photo Copyright 2020 G. Andrew Boyd)
Sunrise at Pawleys Island, South Carolina. (Photo Copyright 2020 G. Andrew Boyd)
A small crab washed up on the beach. (Photo Copyright 2020 G. Andrew Boyd)
Tricolored Heron in flight, Huntington Beach State Park. (Photo Copyright 2020 G. Andrew Boyd)
A gull flies to meet the sunrise, Pawleys Island, South Carolina. (Photo Copyright 2020 G. Andrew Boyd)
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Photographer, videographer and photo editor. Host and creator of The Discerning Photographer web site. Currently a Canon shooter.

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