Monday, November 4, 2013

Reflections Along the Waccamaw River

An anchorage along the Waccamaw River
      One of the most scenic areas along the many diverse sections of the Intracoastal Waterway is the Waccamaw River in South Carolina. The water along this stretch is known as black water due to the tannins from decaying leaves and other decaying elements along this riverfront forest. Black water is highly reflective due to its' dense quality and can be ideal for photography at certain times of the day. Sunset can be particularly wonderful when clouds are reflected in the water.
Delightful fall colors


Ospreys and eagles nest along the river where
abandoned rice fields change the landscape.
 The bald cypress forest supports a wide variety of flora and fauna including the black bear that lives in the Waccamaw's upper reaches on the North and South Carolina border. Along the ICW the river transforms from heavily forested bald cypress trees with exposed knees in the swamp areas to abandoned rice fields as the river merges with the Pee Dee River and Winyah Bay near Georgetown, SC.

Bald cypress knees in the swamp.


Sunset on the Waccamaw by Joe Boulay

     Our overnight anchorage at Butler Island was a spectacular setting since we were treated to a windless sunset which provided a highly reflective water surface and an eerie fog shrouded sunrise the next morning. We hope you'll enjoy the images of our time transiting the Waccamaw River.

Fog at sunrise on the Waccamaw by Joe Boulay