I recently returned from a wonderful vacation to South Carolina. We spent a week in Myrtle Beach and had the opportunity to explore the area a bit.
Of course, we spent a good bit of time at the beach. I don’t know who had more fun collecting seashells, my 5-year-old daughter or me! I was fascinated by the beautiful colors often found on the underside of of the big chunks of clamshells that wash up on the beach. I also found a few interesting shapes and sizes and even a bit of coral.
The whole lot.
Some coral in the center and although it isn’t obvious in the photo, the shell on the left has beautiful pink and purple tones on it.
Loved the shape of this one in the center. Beautiful spiral.
Lots of interesting textures, patterns, and colors.
I didn’t have much time to draw while there, but I did a few quick sketches. I can’t wait to do more and in color!
In addition to the beach, we had a chance to visit the gorgeous Brookgreen Gardens. Located just south of Myrtle Beach, Brookgreen Gardens is “a National Historic Landmark with the most significant collection of figurative sculpture in an outdoor setting by American artists in the world and has the only zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums on the coast of the Carolinas.”
We took a Lowcountry boat tour through historic rice fields, saw a wonderful sculpture exhibit on the American West, had a fantastic lunch there, and while my husband, sister and brother took my girls to the zoo, I did a quick walk through some of the gardens near the main visitor center.
I really enjoyed the magnolia trees everywhere and saw many trees with the fruits developing and flowers just starting to emerge.
One of my very favorite parts of the garden was Live Oak Allee. Here, huge Southern Live Oaks, approximately 250 years old, line the walkway. Spanish moss hangs down off of them and their majestic presence is just amazing.
Of course, I took more photos than I have room for here. I can’t wait to go back for another visit. One nice thing about the gardens is that if you are down for a visit, your tickets are good for 7 consecutive days, so you can return to see more without additional cost. We only had time for one day, but next time, I’ll be sure to plan some return trips!