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Photographer: Jason Frye
Description: This image was captured on my second trip to Edisto Island's "Botany Bay" in South Carolina back in August 2016. The beach there naturally erodes, leaving these wonderful old live oaks (or "bones") standing in the surf, braving tide after tide, tropical storms and hurricanes, and somehow continue to stand for years. On this morning, storms were clearing off the coast with occasional lightning in the distance, which I had hoped to capture. There was never any great light at sunrise, but eventually, some clearing skies gave way to some nice sidelight, which I really favor. I used the foreground stump of a live oak that had seen better days to contrast against the one still fighting the fight but knowing its days were numbered. Sadly, the standing tree didn't survive but another couple of months as it succumbed to the churning sea of Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.
Gear & Settings: Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 16-35mm f2.8/L II, 26mm, 1sec, ƒ/16, ISO 100.