Monday, May 23, 2011

Hunting Island

camping on Hunting Island

Thank-you for your well wishes as we headed off to Hunting Island on Friday!  How is it that I spent f.o.r.e.v.e.r packing for camping and yet still forget so many things?  Yes, we were "really" camping - in tents and everything.  This is our yearly haunt, where beachfront spots mean maximum time enjoying sand and surf on a blissfully uncrowded beach.

down trees

This year we were surprised to discover so many down trees along the beach.  We have heard that Hunting Island is among the fastest eroding islands on the east coast.  Sadly, it looses 15 feet of sand per year.  Not far from our spot on the beach was this enchanting stack of trunks and limbs.

a natural jungle gym

a natural jungle gym enjoyed by every single one of us.


Though the pictures of grown-ups balancing are not nearly so cute.

 Erin, Myself and Laura

I am not a huge fan of camping.  But, camping + beach + friends = a wonderful trip!  I'm the one squinting in the center ;)

Hunting Island Beach Erosion

Awhile farther down the beach was a forest in ruins - really quite eery and worthy of film.  The tide rolls in and out amongst huge oaks, pines and palms lying stacked and half-buried with roots exposed.


Recent storms?  Ongoing erosion? Probably both. 

lovely, lovely

It's a sad vision, and yet filled with such beauty.  All the textures and shapes of nature are endlessly fascinating. 

Hunting Island wildlife

I can't help but notice, though, that people bring the color to the beach.  The otherwise muted tones are injected with a riot of umbrellas, fluttering  kites, blankets, towels and a parade of printed swimsuits.  I came home from our trip determined to make our family a large patchwork beach blanket in bold, summer-inspired prints.  Nothing too complicated, just really happy.  I hope to have some fabric ideas to show you real soon!


  1. Looks wonderful - just a huge bit jealous!

  2. love! and love seeing L.R.!! :)

  3. Beautiful pictures Rachel! That place looks magical!

  4. Looks like a fun and peaceful adventure was had by all. Love that the sun made an appearance for you!

  5. What a captivating post! Your pictures are amazing and make me wish I was there with you! Enjoy :)

  6. Hunting Island is so beautiful! I camped there several years ago and was hoping to go back this year, but couldn't find an available site when I can get off work.

  7. Yes!! We spent a week near there a couple of years ago. We loved Beaufort and the islands.

  8. looks so pretty and so relaxing!!!

  9. looks beautiful Rachel! Nature is an amazing creature with the way that it destroys and creates. Definitely photo worthy!

  10. Wonderful pictures and looks like you had a super time. So glad for you. Can't wait to see what you have in mind for the beach quilt.

  11. Love the photos. Looks like you had an excellent time. I just knew the squinting one in the middle was you, cause you look like your kids. (Well duh! I guess that's hereditary!)

  12. I love your photos. What kind of camera do you use?

  13. I just use some Canon point and shoot camera. Oh, but those pics were taken with my husbands expensive SLR camera. He sets it for me. I need to learn!


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