Jenkins Creek Dawn
Photograph - Digital Photography
Pre-dawn I rise to catch first light on Jenkin's Creek, St. Helena Island, Dawtaw, South Carolina. Near Beaufort, South Carolina, this is a beautiful area, tidal creek, and the long vista over marshes and water.
Images and textures have been layered to create a composite art print of a original photograph.
Women Photographers - One a Day group
Photography and Textures make Fine Art group
Dataw Island is one of 64 significant islands to be found in Beaufort County.
Once a prosperous sea island cotton plantation, Dataw Island is now a successful gated community of 1100 properties offering its residents the best in coastal, island living. Both Dataw Island and Beaufort, SC consistently rank high in nationally published lists of preferred places to live.
Dataw Island greeted the Spanish Europeans in the early 1500s. Captain Pedro de Salaza discovered the area in 1514, which establishes Beaufort county as the econd landing in the new world by the Europeans, preceded only by Ponce de Leon's founding of St. Augustine, Florida, just one year earlier.
Over the course of the next 200 years, the English gradually replaced the early Spanish settlers. In 1685, Caleb Westbrook, an entrepreneurial Scotsman, established a trading post on Dataw Island, trading with the Indians for deerskins, a valued commodity in England. Slow but steady settlement of the area continued through the pre-Revolutionary War years. With the beginning of the Plantation Age, the great sea islands of South Carolina became the "Newport of the South", with large, opulent homes financed by the enormous cash crops of indigo, used for cloth dying, and sea island cotton, the finest in the world.
In the late 1700s, William Sams selected Dataw Island as the site for his indigo fields which later became Sea Island Cotton fields. The remains of the family's magnificent tabby home are a carefully preserved treasure. The Civil War heralded the end of a gracious and privileged lifestyle and for over 100 years Dataw Island was a quiet hunting preserve.
The acquisition of Dataw Island by Alcoa Properties, Inc., in 1983, assures that the next era of the island's history will be recorded as the sensitive and responsible development of one of the more beautiful islands in this part of South Carolina.
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April 19th, 2013
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