South Carolina

South Carolina’s Coast: Photographing the Lowcountry

Make the South Carolina Lowcountry and its iconic coastal zone the subject for newly learned photographic skills in the field and in the classroom with an expert instructor.
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Program No. 23353RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

From Charleston to Savannah, Georgia, the iconic South Carolina Lowcountry spans marshes, rivers, tidal creeks and coastal maritime forests that were once part of an ancient sea. Join an expert photography instructor as you explore this rich region and capture its natural beauty with your camera, especially the birds that call the salt marshes of the Lowcountry home. Begin your days with optional nature walks, journey to local natural areas on field trips for hands-on photography lessons and discuss editing techniques and more in the classroom. Along the way, learn about Lowcountry culture and cuisine as you taste fresh homemade Southern biscuits, grits, collards, rice, Hoppin' John, a Lowcountry Boil and oysters roasted over an open fire.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Getting in/out of vans; driving up to 1 hour each way. Walking up to 4 miles total throughout the day; periods of standing; carrying your own camera gear; variable terrain from flat, paved walkways to uneven dirt trails with some inclines
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Visit the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge and Pinckney Island National Refuge for a chance to photograph alligators, birds, butterflies, wildflowers and more.
  • Stop in Old Bluffton along the meandering May River shoreline for spectacular views of what locals call “the last true coastal village of the South.”
  • On Hilton Head Island, follow a shaded trail through a maritime forest leading to a photogenic shoreline and beach, pelicans, fiddler crabs, dragonflies and more.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a value-priced single room. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
Featured Expert
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Bob Speare
Bob Speare has been a professional naturalist for over 25 years. He enjoys teaching about all aspects of natural history and has conducted birding tours across the US and internationally. Bob moved from Massachusetts to the Lowcountry in 2015. He is certified as a Lowcountry Master Naturalist and a South Carolina Master Gardener, and regularly works with the Audubon Society. Bob has also conducted photography programs and trips for over 20 years and has experience in teaching adult, children and family programs.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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