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Blog for Victoria Bennett Beyer Photography

The photography blog of Victoria Bennett Beyer, featuring travel photographs from road trips across America and botanical photography of plants, flowers and leaves.

Old Santee Canal Park

Victoria Beyer

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While I was in South Carolina in early January, we headed over to Old Santee Canal Park, one of my favorite places in the whole world. It was warm, even at South Carolina standards, at 70+ degrees, and we were hoping to see an alligator. But they were not ready to be out and about. We did spot some other wildlife, including this little anole, and lots of turtles.

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I can’t even explain the peace this place has brought me, especially during this visit. I sincerely hope any nearby development doesn’t negatively impact this natural treasure.

The Bunny Quilt

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We just returned from our post-Christmas trip to South Carolina. My daughter got a wonderful gift from my mother - one that she has been waiting patiently for years to receive. The bunny quilt, handmade by my mom, is one of the most special things my daughter could ever hope to get, and will be a daily reminder of how much Grammy loves her :)

Autumn Passes

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We waited and we waited this year for the leaves to change. And when they finally did, it seemed so sudden. Within just a couple of days they were all on the ground, and now we wait another whole year for them to light up our hills here in western Pennsylvania.

Pearl Fryar Gardens

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Back in South Carolina

Mr. Pearl Fryar

Mr. Pearl Fryar

Mom and I have decided on a new tradition. Each time I come back to SC for a visit, we select a mini-adventure from a stack of index cards we filled out and take off! This August, we headed to Bishopville to see the beautiful gardens of Mr. Pearl Fryar. He has been working on this creation for the last 30 years, primarily using plants that local nurseries were going to throw away. With his dedication and skill, he has coaxed these castoffs into whimsical shapes that swirl and bow throughout his property.

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The gardens are dotted with fantastic sculptures made by Mr. Fryar, too. They are frequently uplifting and positive in nature.

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If this place doesn’t make you feel like a kid again, I don’t know what will. It’s free to visit the gardens, which are open Tuesday-Saturday, from 10-4 p.m. You can park on the lot across the street, but please be mindful of Mr. Fryar’s neighbors and do not block the street. It’s free to visit, but donations are welcomed. And, if you are lucky like me, you might meet Mr. Fryar while he’s out working in the garden. He’s quite friendly and has a lot of knowledge to share.

Elephant Ear

Victoria Beyer

Back in South Carolina

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After my 7-week trip across the country, I still wasn’t done! No summer is complete without a trip to South Carolina to visit my parents. The elephant ears growing beside their back door were huge in August when I was there. They were practically glowing in the late summer sun when I took this.