A Place in the World: Pawleys Beach at Dawn

Pre-dawn view of Pawleys Pier from the Sea View Inn.

Pre-dawn view of Pawleys Pier from the Sea View Inn.

It’s just been in recent years that I’ve chosen to get up before dawn.  Oh, I did it before retirement, of course — to soothe a waking baby, to catch an early flight, or to set up a conference room for a morning meeting.  But now, I can choose to see dawn unfolding. And nowhere do I love it better than on the beach at Pawleys Island, South Carolina.

Quiet time before sun-up

Quiet time before sun-up

Recently, we stayed a few days at the Sea View Inn, one of the few remaining Old South bed and breakfasts that serve three low-country meals each day.  So getting up meant having time for myself in my place in the world without even having to make coffee. It was there, each and every morning, hot and ready for the taking, even before dawn.

Bathed in early morning light, the Sea View Inn on Pawleys Island.

Bathed in early morning light, the Sea View Inn on Pawleys Island.

Before the guests awake:  Sea View Inn

Before the guests awake: Sea View Inn

I left the porch and moved slowly down the beach, passing houses whose windows were lit with morning glow.

Greeting the sun at Pawleys Island.

Greeting the sun at Pawleys Island.

With salmon tones in the background from the almost-up sun, Pawleys Pier jutted out to greet the seas and make ready for sunny days.

Pink light before dawn at Pawleys Pier

Pink light before dawn at Pawleys Pier

Colors changed from smoky pink to peach and orange with a hint of yellow, but just a hint . . .

Orange skies replace pink as the sun's stonger colors come into play.

Orange skies replace pink as the sun’s stonger colors come into play.

until the sun peeked over the horizon, bathing all in early-morning glow.

At Pawleys, I never take dawn for granted.  Never ask for clear skies or cloudy ones with interesting configurations.  Come what may, it’s my place — albeit a temporary one —  just as it is.

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30 thoughts on “A Place in the World: Pawleys Beach at Dawn

    1. Oh, the Places We See

      Thanks so much. I love staring at the ocean, waiting for the sun to appear. In the meantime, the peacefulness of being almost alone on a beach is something I have to savor since I’m only there once or twice a year.

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  2. restlessjo

    Oh, how very beautiful! 🙂 🙂 Those colours are stunning.
    Traditionally I’m the ‘getty-upper’ in our house, trying to get up noiselessly so as not to disturb him who sleeps, but we don’t live near enough to a beach to indulge in this simple pleasure. Isn’t the world amazing?

    1. Oh, the Places We See

      We don’t live close to a beach, either. It’s an 8-hour drive to Pawleys for us, but worth it. One week there has to do me for a whole year, so I try to catch as many sunrises and sunsets as possible. Thanks for taking a look.

    1. Oh, the Places We See

      I really would love to come to Kiawah. We have a couple of friends who own houses there, but we’ve never vacationed on that island. Our granddaughter has just learned to ride a bike, so it may be a biking/beach vacation in the works! Thanks for taking a look at the sunrise — they’re gorgeous and welcome just about anywhere in the world.

  3. krithya G

    Very atmospheric photographs! I can almost hear the waves in the silence of the dawn.
    It been a while since my last ocean sunrise. After seeing these pics, I want to hop into my car and head to the nearest beach 🙂

    1. Oh, the Places We See

      What an apt quote — and each day is one to look to, for sure. I’m getting into this early-morning thing – greeting the sun and all. And life is good. Thanks for taking a look with me.

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    1. Oh, the Places We See

      Thanks. I love both also, but the pier was especially lovely this year. We didn’t get close ups this time — just didn’t go that way. But I love being right underneath watching the tide come in.

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