July 4 Celebrations

July 4 is always an exciting time to be on Dewees.  The annual beach run and party is always a hit.  It was followed by the golf cart parade, which had a record number of spectators.  (I think I counted 11, but there were another hundred people in 35 carts in the parade.) And then the ice cream social, followed by the Salute from the Shore Flyover, followed by fireworks from the docks. (We [...] Continue Reading…

Arthur Moving in

12 noon: Dewees Island has been feeling effects of Arthur since about 3:00 am, when the wind slammed in. The biggest gust I have measured thus far is 35 mph. The ferry is still running, and some folks are gathering over at Huyler House to play ping pong and watch movies. Storm Team Dewees (Liz, Judy, and Kate) have been out taking photos and checking out puddles and waves. We’ll be on the job [...] Continue Reading…

July 4 Week Activities Planned

It’s that magical time of year!  There is a host of activities planned for island residents and guests this week.  If you would like reminders of things a half an hour ahead, text the word programs to this number: 843-536-0020.  You’ll say “yes” when you enroll, and we promise we won’t send you additional marketing information.   Here is what we know of at this point:
Dewees Island Activities: July 1-6
Tuesday, July 1:

8:30 am.  Turtle [...] Continue Reading…

Wood Storks Down-Listed from Endangered to Threatened

There is some good news on the conservation front this morning.  Yesterday, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced that Wood Storks, Mycteria americana, listed as “endangered” since 1984, have improved to “threatened,” largely due to three decades of conservation efforts.
The down-listing of the wood stork from endangered to threatened demonstrates how the Endangered Species Act can be an effective tool to protect and recover imperiled wildlife from the brink of extinction, especially when [...] Continue Reading…

Washed up sandbags make the news

We are fortunate on the island to have such a pristine beach, so when flotsam and jetsam washes up, it’s very noticeable.  Turtle team members have been finding them on the beach, and started to investigate the source.  To our south, Wild Dunes has been searching for a way to protect the golf course, and they are currently using very large sandbags to try to keep the ocean away from the golf course.  While [...] Continue Reading…

Nature, Red in Tooth and Claw

Living in a nature preserve is an amazing thing, and I have long loved that my children are growing up understanding the rhythms of the tides, where the owls raise their young, how to coax their dinner from the water, how the marsh changes subtly with the seasons.  And, occasionally, we have a moment like the one Tennyson describes, where nature is indeed red in tooth and claw, and it too takes our breath [...] Continue Reading…

Spoleto and Piccolo Spoleto Festivals Well Underway: Island Photographer featured

One of the biggest annual events in Charleston is the great convergence of arts and energy that happens for 17 days each Spring. The Spoleto and Piccolo Spoleto Festivals began last weekend here in Charleston, and there is an amazing array of things to see and do at a wide variety of price points. Free outdoor concerts and theater events, high end opera, photography, jazz, you name it: every arts venue in the area will [...] Continue Reading…

Firefly Magic on Dewees Island

a sad photographic attempt to capture the ephemeral magic of fireflies.

This is my twelfth summer in South Carolina, and until this week, I had never seen a firefly here.  (This might be complicated by the fact that I am largely a morning person.) On Tuesday, we were heading home after stopping by a friend’s house, and came around past Huyler House pond.  Our cart lights weren’t working, so we were using our [...] Continue Reading…

New Meteor Shower this weekend

There might be a new meteor shower this evening. Because there is 60 miles of undeveloped seashore to our north, and the Atlantic to the east, Dewees Island is a great place for skywatching. And this year, we might be treated to a big show for the first time, related to debris from a comet from a century ago. An ensemble of forecast models predict that the earth will pass through the [...] Continue Reading…

Turtle Season begins on the SC Coast

It’s that time of year: our turtles are coming ashore to lay their eggs on the beaches. Every morning, volunteers on the beach walk the high tide line to look for turtle eggs as part of a huge citizen science effort. Visitors are welcome to participate: On Wednesdays the sea turtle interns leave from Osprey Walk, and you are welcome to join them. They will also be doing regular turtle education [...] Continue Reading…