Thursday, February 25, 2010
KIAWAH SUNRISE SPIRIT
Waking White Egret--Kiawah Island
One of my great joys of the Kiawah Island experience is photographing the spectacular sunrises and sunsets around the island. On many occasions, I watched at a distance as graceful white egrets were highlighted by the longer sun light rays on the low country breezes or in the shallow island waters. Work days normally require an assist from my trusty clock radio to arise in the morning, but the days first light on Kiawah is the only requisite to stir pilgrims of the sunrise from their nights slumber. As I reverently strolled across the beach access bridge next to a dewy golf fairway, I noticed a shadowy white form at the waters edge of an emerald green lagoon. The still figure was frozen against a dark bank that had sheltered this ethereal spirit through the night. Now, the early morning light created a mirrored reflection in the placid waters. I was presented with a decision to miss the mystical few minutes of a glowing sunrise over the beach or slowly move close enough to the waking egret to capture this serendipitous image. When something as magical as this happens between man and God's creation, Native Americans say, "We have walked together in the shadow of a rainbow". Every sunrise over Kiawah is a unique creation fusing magical light, sky, ocean and shoreline. However, this bonding connection between our kindred spirits was a rare Nirvana moment of the present and so I stayed and was rewarded and renewed.