“Edisto Palmetto", oil, 7 x 5", © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Edisto Palmetto”, oil, 7 x 5″, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

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Edisto’s been on my mind a lot lately. The island took a hard hit from Hurricane Matthew, as did the other Sea Islands between Charleston, Savannah, and St. Augustine.

I was just down there in September to teach a plein air painting workshop so the sounds and smells of the island are still fresh. This painting was the first one of the workshop, done at a friend’s house along St. Pierre Creek.

This old palmetto was nestled among a cluster of other palmettos and small trees at the base of a large pine. The late afternoon light caught across the fronds, creating a zig zag of light.

I’m hoping that both trees are still there, but hurricanes have a way of giving nature a great big ol’ hard pruning, part of the natural cycle.

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