Now well below the horizon, the sun no longer touched even the highest clouds, but its fiery glow still brightened the western sky and hung in the atmosphere between the most distant clouds and me. Closer in, floating over the wide waters of the Dawhoo River, the leftovers of a day full of cloud-building found little light to reflect from the approaching blue of night. The quieting breezes still stirred the waters of the Dawhoo River, though they weren’t strong enough to push away the no-see-ums.
For a long time, this sort of open-water scene was a constant for all who wished to travel the southeastern coast, and so it still is for a few today. For most us, however, it is only a glimpse caught briefly on highway crossings of coastal estuaries. The view in this case is from the embankment of the old bridge that formerly crossed the intercoastal waterway to Edisto Island, South Carolina. Now used only as a fishing pier next to the new bridge, it offered me a place among the no-see-ums to observe, paint, and photograph the last light of the day.
* This is an excerpt from Philip’s essay appearing in: Bartram’s Living Legacy: Travels and the Nature of the South
Studio painting – July.
The Southern Frontier, Landscapes Inspired by Bartram’s Travels
January 28 - May 8, 2011
May 28 - Aug 14, 2011
Morris Museum of Art
Scenes from the Southern Frontier
October 21 – December 31, 2011
The Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences
Bartram’s Living Legacy: The Travels and the Nature of the South
Edited by Dorinda Dallmeyer
(Cover image, color plates, and contributing essay by Philip Juras)
Published by Mercer University Press, 2010.
Philip Juras: The Southern Frontier, Landscapes Inspired by Bartram’s “Travels”
Published in conjunction with Philip’s 2011 exhibition at the Telfair Museum, Savannah, Georgia. With essays by Philip Juras, Dorinda Dallmeyer, Holly Koons McCullough – poem by Janisse Ray – foreword by Steven High. Winner of the Georgia Author of the Year Award (Specialty Book Category) from the Georgia Writers Association, 2012. Published by Telfair Books, 2011. Second printing (paperback) published by the University of Georgia Press, 2015.