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Here you'll find all sorts of news, information, photos and stories behind many of the photos that we've taken over the years. You'll also find announcements of upcoming promotions that we'll be offering for purchasing prints and gifts from our photos. We'd encourage you to subscribe to our blog so that you'll be the first to know and see what's going on along our Carolina and New England shores.

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Happy Browsing - Gerry & Pat

 

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Georgetown Wooden Boat Show

October 20, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

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We've heard about the Georgetown Wooden Boat Show for a number of years now, but we've never had the opportunity up until this year. By coincidence we had planned a little morning adventure with Rover Boat Tours out to North Island in the Thomas Yawkey Preserve in Winyah Bay. When we got back into Georgetown, we decided that we might as well take a cruise around town at the festival. We were soooo happy that we did! We've never seen such incredible wooden boats, so many of them hand made. We really regret not having spent the entire day there, especially since the weather was so fabulous! We'll be planning for next year!

By the way...if you've never been to a wooden boat show, there's still time this year and you won't have to go far! The Southport Wooden Boat Show will be taking place on Yacht Basin in Southport on Saturday, November 6th from 10 AM to 4 PM. We will also once again be one of the vendors for this event so we'd love to have you stop by and visit with us!

Here is a slide show of just a handful of the boats on display at the show, including many of the shrimpers docked at the marina. Enjoy!


North Island Lighthouse ~~ SC's Oldest

October 19, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

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This past weekend we finally got around to visiting South Carolina's oldest ligthouse, North Island Lighthouse (commonly referred to as Georgetown Light) which sits along the shore of North Island in Winyah Bay. Thanks to the philanthropic efforts of the Yawkey family (of Boston Red Sox and Fenway Park fame), North Island, South Island & Cat Island have all been preserved and designated as a barrier island wilderness, never to be developed!

You can access the island and view the lighthouse only by boat via Rover Tours out of Georgetown, SC. The lighthouse nor the grounds around it is open to visitors so the only photos you'll get are from the boat. The trip out to the island is about 45 minutes long each way depending on how much time is spent along the way slowing down to view dolphins, sharks and whatever other marine activities going on! Once at the island, you're given approximately 90 minutes to explore the beach and the dense maritime forest of the island. A variety of shells can be found along the shore and we were lucky enough to see a peregrine falcon watching over us from atop the oaks. There were also countless numbers of monarch butterflies flitting about along the shoreline and in the forest. 

Here is where you'll find the Yawkey Preserve & North Island.

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Here are 3 shots of the lighthouse taken from the boat.

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You can see more lighthouses from up and down the east coast here in our lighthouse gallery.

 



And here are a few more from our 'island adventure!'

 

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Below you'll find a wonderful article that will provide you with all the background that you'd want regarding North Island Lighthouse courtesy of the South Carolina Maritime Museum. Please visit their webpage for so much more valuable information about everything South Carolina maritime!

 

 


2022 Sunset Beach Wall Calendars

September 02, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

Our 2022 Sunset Beach Wall Calendars are NOW available just in time for our Fall & Holiday Marketplace Season which begins on Saturday, 9/11 on Sunset Beach at the One Love Market and continues throughout the year with all of our dates listed here.

If you can't make it to a marketplace event, have no fear as you can order them directly here on our website at a cost of $20 including shipping.

You can view each month of the year in the video below.

 

Sunset Beach ~~ 2022

 

 

 


Kindred Spirit Christmas Cards

August 22, 2021  •  1 Comment

It's that time of year again! Time to start thinking about your love of the Kindred Spirit with all of your friends and family and sharing that love with a Kindred Spirit Christmas Card. Our cards are available now for purchasing right here online or at any one of our upcoming events.

This year the cards are 5x7, folded down to 3 1/2 x 5. They will be priced as follows:

  • Pack of 6   ~~  $6.00 + $4.00 shipping
  • Pack of 12 ~~ $10.00 + $6.00 shipping
  • Pack of 24 ~~ $18.00 + $8.00 shipping

Shipping will be via USPS Priority Mail with delivery between 2 and 4 days depending on specific location. 


***PLEASE NOTE***  If you live locally, ie, Brunswick or Horry County, we will deliver your cards to you to avoid the shipping charge. Please contact us here with how many cards you'd like to order and include your address and phone number and we will arrange delivery and payment, or simply call or text 508-685-7998 with those details.


Click on the video below to see all 4 panels of the card and clcik on the photo below to be taken to the order page.

 

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Calling All New Englanders

July 23, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

It's an easy task these days down here in the Carolinas to run into folks who have made the plunge into the sub tropical climate from the New England area. Most everyone still has some sort of tie to New England and for whatever faults it may have (like maybe the weather???), most everyone misses some of it. We are certainly no different and we have many family ties to New England that send us back there at least a couple of times every year. Aside from family, it's not hard to understand how the beauty of the montains, the fertile valleys, the Cape & the Islands can draw you back in, just when you thought you were out! It's a photographer's heaven to boot!

 

With our market season finishing up for the Summer season this Saturday, we're preparing for our Summer sojourn up to New England so naturally, photos from our past visits have come to mind, as well as anticipation of what new beauty we'll find. I'm anxious to take our 4 yr old grandson out with his new digital camera and see if he can teach me a few tricks! One place we both love to visit is Marthas Vineyard where he can play with his 2 aunts and rub elbows with the rich and snotty famous! If you've never visited the Vineyard or just want to refresh your memory of the beauty of the island, I hope that these photos will bring back memories or prompt you to go!

If you'd like to bring some of these photos into your home, we are offering all Marthas Vineyard photos printed on canvas for 33% off. (UPS shipping is $8 extra) Simply choose your photo(s) of choice from theis slide show or from the entire gallery, go to the shop and use the code "MV33" to receive your discount. This offer expires on Aug 9th.

Click the photo to cycle through the slide show or view singularly from the filmstrip below the photo.


For The Love of Fences

July 21, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

IMGP5069Safety from the cliffsOverlooking the red clay cliffs of Aquinnah Fences are fascinating! Having grown up in New England, the fences we were so accustomed to were stone fences rambling through the wood, up and down the hills, setting lines of demarkation and the introducing the concept of private property, borders and nationalism. It brings to mind another lovely poem by Robert Frost: "Mending Wall."

 

 

Mending Wall
BY ROBERT FROST


Something there is that doesn't love a wall,
That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it,
And spills the upper boulders in the sun;
And makes gaps even two can pass abreast.
The work of hunters is another thing:
I have come after them and made repair
Where they have left not one stone on a stone,
But they would have the rabbit out of hiding,
To please the yelping dogs. The gaps I mean,
No one has seen them made or heard them made,
But at spring mending-time we find them there.
I let my neighbor know beyond the hill;
And on a day we meet to walk the line
And set the wall between us once again.
We keep the wall between us as we go.
To each the boulders that have fallen to each.
And some are loaves and some so nearly balls
We have to use a spell to make them balance:
‘Stay where you are until our backs are turned!’
We wear our fingers rough with handling them.
Oh, just another kind of out-door game,
One on a side. It comes to little more:
There where it is we do not need the wall:
He is all pine and I am apple orchard.
My apple trees will never get across
And eat the cones under his pines, I tell him.
He only says, ‘Good fences make good neighbors.’
Spring is the mischief in me, and I wonder
If I could put a notion in his head:
‘Why do they make good neighbors? Isn't it
Where there are cows? But here there are no cows.
Before I built a wall I'd ask to know
What I was walling in or walling out,
And to whom I was like to give offense.
Something there is that doesn't love a wall,
That wants it down.’ I could say ‘Elves’ to him,
But it's not elves exactly, and I'd rather
He said it for himself. I see him there
Bringing a stone grasped firmly by the top
In each hand, like an old-stone savage armed.
He moves in darkness as it seems to me,
Not of woods only and the shade of trees.
He will not go behind his father's saying,
And he likes having thought of it so well
He says again, ‘Good fences make good neighbors.’

Also from living in New England. we became accustomed to seeing the wooden snow fences lining the fields and the roadways protecting from the onslaught of New England snowstorms, not to mention pulling double duty on the shore holding back the snow and protecting the dunes. We hope that you enjoy the slideshow of fences here. We also invite you to visit the gallery where any of the photos can be purchased in many formats. If you'd like to print on your own, digital downloads, which affords you unlimited non-commercial use, are available for just $2.00.