Any time on the beach at Pawleys Island, South Carolina, is magical for us. But with this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #186: Low Light from Sofia, we only had to look back to a brief stay in December 2021 to find that we were truly in love with night-time at the beach.
The night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.Vincent Van Gogh
Even without meaning to, we sometimes find ourselves on the beach at dusk. And it feels as if darkness overtakes us quickly but probably because we’re focused on so much more — the rolling in of the waves, the last glimpses of shells on the beach, the thinning out of crowds. We hardly notice that house lights are gradually come on and people turn to the working of puzzles, the reading of books, the chiming in with to conversations among those lucky enough to be at the beach.
Sometimes we stroll Atlantic Avenue to catch sundown on the marsh and how the lingering rays provide backlighting for the sweet chapel and reflections beneath the dock beside the church.
From our rooftop widow’s walk, we watch as low lights of evening cast shadows on roofs and gabled windows — the last colors of day giving it their last gasp before setting.
Visiting in December also affords another low-light adventure as Brookgreen Gardens invites residents and guests to tour the grounds where tiny lights delight and surprise. From strings of light draped from tall trees dripping in Spanish moss to reflections on pools of water, the little lights laugh at the dark as they form a fairyland from one section to another.
Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.Edgar Allan Poe
Just before sunset, we drive down to the North End, park the car, and walk the access bridge to the beach. It is there that we wrap ourselves in low, lower, lowest light and find solace beside Pawleys Pier. In contrast to the openness of sun-filled days, it’s the time of dreams, of reflections, of unsolved problems of life that will all be exposed again the following day.
But for now, it’s the magic of night.
For more great low-light shots, head to Photographia and Sofia’s photo challenge #186. You’ll find more of the stuff of which dreams are made.
Travel in the waning light,
Rusha & Bert