Weekly Photo Challenge: Harbor Town Reflecting

Hilton Head harbor under repair

Hilton Head harbor under repair after Hurricane Matthew

We’re finding that we like renting from AirBnB — good properties, full disclosures, ratings from actual renters.  But sometimes even the owners don’t know the whole story. When we craved a week-long getaway at a South Carolina destination, we found a home away: a condo completely renovated after Hurricane Matthew hit Harbor Town at one end of Hilton Head Island. “Our place” lived up to its excellent rating with its brand new kitchen, bath, carpet, and furnishings that would make HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” jealous.  Except for the view from the balcony.  When we looked out at Harbor Town, we could barely see the lighthouse in front of us for all the platforms, cranes, and boatloads of equipment.  The harbor was closed for repair.

As the week wore on though, we found ourselves taking coffee outside just so we could “sit a spell” and watch the transformation of the harbor.  Workers arrived each morning.  And we watched them with great interest as they hauled, hammered, and handled equipment, all without falling into the brink.

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.  They were done.  Leaving us with a clear shot of Harbor Town lighthouse, reflected in unobstructed waters.

Harbor Town light reflected in uncluttered waters

Harbor Town light reflected in uncluttered waters

Who would have guessed that during a week away we’d see both a favorite coastal town and men dealing with nature’s wrath?

Sundown at Harbor Town, Hilton Head Island

Sundown at Harbor Town, Hilton Head Island

To say the least, it was a week of reflection.

For more reflecting, check out the other entries in this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge.


About Oh, the Places We See

Met at University of Tennessee, been married for 47 years, and still passionate about travel whether we're volunteering with Habitat Global Village, combining work at Discovery with pleasure, or just seeing the world. Hope you'll join us as we try to see it all while we can!
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11 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Harbor Town Reflecting

  1. Tina Schell says:

    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!

    • 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! 🙂 But it is fun to try different settings to see what looks best. Hope spring is morphing beautifully into summer where you are.

  2. Maggie says:

    Beautiful spot to reflect. I love lighthouses.

  3. Great images! The red and white lighthouse is the clear winner here. 🙂

  4. dawnkinster says:

    Very interesting! Love the images but thst last one is simply wonderful.

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  6. Nice choice for the challenge, and a great view. 🙂

    • 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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