Storm Brewing

It’s a worrisome night.  In anticipation of Hurricane Matthew, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has declared a state of emergency and ordered an evacuation of more than a million people from the coast.  Now, after a few hours sleep, Dan and Cori (our newlyweds) have closed house in Charleston and are headed our way.

Everyone across the state will breathe easier when the evacuation is complete, but there is still much at stake.  Here are a few photos of the natural beauty and wildlife found across the Carolina Lowcountry, taken just days ago when I traveled with Tim to Kiawah Island for a conference.


Kiawah Island is touted as having the most beautiful of all of South Carolina’s magnificant beaches.


It’s impossible to argue the point, but I think every mile of the Carolina coast is breathtaking.


Just steps from the beach, this male Northern Cardinal enjoyed a breakfast of beautyberry fruits (Callicarpa americana).


Eastern Amberwing (Perithemis tenera)


Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)


Dark form of the Easter Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)


And a first for me–the Long-Tailed Skipper (Urbanus proteus)








35 thoughts on “Storm Brewing

  1. Alice

    We will be on the road shortly. I moved more than 100 container plants to safety (I think) yesterday. After all that work I suspect Matthew might laugh at me and head east. Stay safe everyone.

    1. Marian St.Clair Post author

      Auto–You hit the nail on the head…we never know how it will go. I’m sad to see it looks like Florida is going to be hit hard, though things are looking a tiny bit better for South Carolina.

  2. pbmgarden

    Your photos are wonderful Marian. The Long-Tailed Skipper is interesting to see. Stay safe. My sister and her husband are evacuating from N. Myrtle today, difficult decision but no need to be brave.

  3. Ellen wall

    Our younger son- who just turned 45- was still in diapers when our family began yearly vacations to Kiawah. It was just as beautiful and natural in 1973 as it is now. Major parts were undeveloped then and an old home was located at the end where the ocean golf course is now and was said to have been haunted. Although there has been a lot of growth since then the feeling it had then is still there. A wonderful example of careful planning. Sent from my iPad


  4. susurrus

    I love this crop of pictures. I’ve been tracking the storm and will be thinking of you all. Hopefully it will peter out or head out to sea. Take care!

  5. Gloria Ballard

    Here’s hoping that Matthew’s fury plays itself out quickly and with little damage. Your butterflies are gorgeous, Marian! Congrats on that first long-tailed skipper. I’ve never seen one.

    1. Marian St.Clair Post author

      Gloria–Agreed! We know there will be damage, it’s just a matter of how much. The skippers were really interesting. From what I’ve read, they are native to South America and are often found in south Florida and Texas, but are not common in South Carolina.

    1. Marian St.Clair Post author

      Chloris–Thanks, we’re very nervous about the outcome, but trying not to fret. The Cardinal was a lucky catch. He was perched on a fence and then fluttered over to the beautyberry. I couldn’t believe my good fortune when he snatched a fruit!

  6. Frogend_dweller

    Stay safe. I was thinking about your trees too. Good that you took action last year. Your photos are great and I love the almost hidden blue on the Long-Tailed Skippers. All the best.


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