SRM St Isabella Just Got Real: A look at the RL Sea Islands

 ~by the SL Parade’s own The Captain~

As soon as Indea Vaher’s installation series on SRM St Isabella hit the SLP site, The Captain immediately contacted ReRe Sandalwood and let her know that he LIVES on one of the Gullah Islands in RL!  Called the Low Country, The Captain became so enamored with Indea Vaher’s article, as well as her SIM, he decided to dedicate an article to the RL Sea Islands…complete with pictures and a poetic insight that is both touching and engaging.  Please take a look, and ask yourself how many similarities are present between the RL Low Country, and SRM St Isabella Island.  To start your voyage, please be sure to visit the SRM St Isabella SIM by clicking the following link:  SRM St Isabella SIM

…either way, it is a breathtaking comparison…

The Low Country

Since I live in the Low Country region, specifically on one of the “Sea Islands” called Hilton Head Island, I thought it would be nice to show The SL Parade readers some of it, and to compare it to Indea Vaher’s SRM St Isabella Island, USA.  With this in mind, lets start off with the sea:

gulla MOTIONThis is a shrimp boat trolling along the beach. Both shrimp and oysters are important to the local economy! According to South Carolina’s Department of Natural Resources website, the commercial fishery in South Carolina is dominated by shrimp trawlers, which consists of boats ranging in length from 17 to 85 feet (SCDNR Website).

Because trawling is allowed only in the ocean (except for short periods during fall when trawlers may work in the lower areas of Winyah and North Santee Bays), shrimp boats like the one pictured are very necessary to insure a good seasonal harvest (SCDNR Website). Most shrimpers trawl within three or four miles of the beach (SCDNR Website).

Like the South Carolina shrimp industry, the beaches also act as a source of revenue.  In fact, there are a slew of celebrities that not only regularly visit the Sea Island beaches, but many more who grew up there and have written bestselling novels and other works of literature.  According to Catherine O’Neal’s article entitled, “The Sea Islands of South Carolina,” literary giant Pat Conroy, author of The Great Santini, The Prince of Tides, and Beach Music, lived in the Sea Islands as a teenager and later taught at Beaufort High School (O’Neal 2009). O’Neal continues, “His prose mines the mysteries of these islands, evoking sensations found nowhere else. In The Prince of Tides, he writes: ‘Breathe deeply, and you . . . remember that smell for the rest of your life, the bold, fecund aroma of the tidal marsh, exquisite and sensual, the smell of the South in heat, a smell like new milk, semen, and spilled wine, all perfumed with seawater'” (O’Neal 2009).

Take a look at this view of the beach:


The above photo is of South Carolina’s Folly Beach, and is provided courtesy of the World’s Best Beach Towns website.

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Besides the beaches, the low country has an array of trees.  Yet, perhaps one of the most prevalent trees featured in the Low Country is the palmetto palm; this tree is also featured on the South Carolina flag.

Another thing that a person can come across while perusing around the Low Country are alligators…..wait, look…this pic shows one of our local residents HOLDING an alligator! Judging by the photo, it looks like this gator was caught walking down the wrong street at the wrong time…Yes the are plenty of Gators here!
Another unexpected site in the low country are cactus!  Pines are found all over the Low Country:
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The Low Country community where I found this particular cactus has water on both sides of it, and may have water on a third portion of it too.





To better explain this, I have included a picture of an area surrounded by water here:

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Besides the surrounding water and the cactus, the low country also has the king of trees:  the live oac (yes they spell it that way here):

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There is a lot of history, as well as a host of locals that can give you more information about this great place…take a look at these photos and see for yourself….

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  • South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Website, Shrimp section (SCDNR Website)


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