Harbor Town Reflecting

Hilton Head harbor under repair

(This post from 2017 has been reprinted and modified from the original.)

As a development, Hilton Head, South Carolina, has much going for it: pristine beaches, superb restaurants, and a main harbor flanked by chic shops for both men and women. We were fortunate to rent an AirBnB near Harbor Town with a balcony overlooking the boats and a view of people coming and going.

What didn’t expect when we arrived was that the harbor was “under repair.” Hurricane Matthew had come in like a lion, roared enough to tear up what man had created, and then moved on. Our room with a view was still a room with a view, but an unexpected one.

Harbor Town light reflected in uncluttered waters
Harbor Town light reflected in uncluttered waters

But we were drawn to it. In fact, we took our coffee outside each morning to watch the workers hauling, hammering, and handling equipment, all without falling into the brink.

Repairing the docks at Harbor Town
Repairing the docks at Harbor Town
Workers arrive at Harbor Town ready to repair the damage
Workers arrive at Harbor Town ready to repair the damage
Workers and equipment at Hilton Head harbor
Workers and equipment at Hilton Head harbor

By week’s end, they were gone. No more barges piled high with machinery. No cranes lifting beams. No men wielding heavy drills and hammers. Faits accomplis. And the harbor was back to doing what it had always done — harboring boats from all over in one small, but beautiful setting surrounded by pretty shops and gourmet restaurants.

Sundown at Harbor Town, Hilton Head Island
Sundown at Harbor Town, Hilton Head Island

And we had a our view: a clear shot of the lighthouse of Harbor Town, reflected in unobstructed waters.

11 thoughts on “Harbor Town Reflecting

  1. Tina Schell

    We’re about 2 hours north of Hilton Head along the coast and we were so much more fortunate than they were during Matthew. So glad to hear they’re seeing light at the end of the tunnel. Speaking of light though, you did a wonderful job of capturing it! Your full reflection of the red/white beauty is perfect. Nicely done!

    1. Oh, the Places We See

      Wow! What a nice compliment from a photographer I admire. I’m not sure if I used manual settings or not on that one — I’m in love with auto and hate to wean myself! πŸ™‚ But it is fun to try different settings to see what looks best. Hope spring is morphing beautifully into summer where you are.

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    1. Oh, the Places We See

      You’re right about that view, Judy. When we rented the condo, we liked the idea of being near the harbor. But never did we realize we could watch the sun rise and set near the lighthouse. A nice bonus! Thanks for taking a look.

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