Spring Island: Tabby Ruins
Back in the pre-Civil War days, the entire 3,000 acre island was owned by George Edwards, and this is the site for his grand home. Mr. Edwards was known as the Cotton King and Spring Island had rich lowcountry soil perfect for his cotton plantation. Currently, Spring Island is private and allows for about 400 home sites. The Tabby Links golf club, which is right next to the Tabby Ruins, was designed by Arnold Palmer and has the distinction of being a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, and one of the most beautiful courses I've ever seen. The entire island has long stretches of live oaks and pristine lowcountry coastline. The Tabby Ruins are the remains of the Cotton King's estate. Tabby is a native material made of crushed oyster shells, which you can clearly see as you get close to each structure. I ventured out to Spring Island for a second time after a morning rain to capture these photos, and thought they would be perfect for some HDR post-processing. I've been to Spring Island a number of times just to come to this spot for photography and videography.