Cypress Trees

By Renate Maria Bell

Minutes from the cobblestone streets of Charleston, South Carolina where natives mingle with tourists (you can seldom tell them apart), where savory aromatic smells drift into the sidewalks from restaurants’ open doors, and horse-drawn carriages are more popular than taxis, you will find some of the most pristine cypress swamps to explore.

Renate Bell - Reflection (2)I captured this photograph at Cypress Gardens in Moncks Corner, thirty miles north of Charleston. Best known for being the backdrop in the movies The Notebook and The Patriot, locals and foreigners alike enjoy the natural environment which has been preserved since 1927.

If you happen to be in the area and are seeking a suitable spot to slip away from stress, from work, from the internet and technology, and from all that excessive “concrete” thinking, this beautiful location awaits you. Let your daily worries and concerns dissolve while strolling along the shore canopied by water-loving cypress trees and centuries-old oaks. You will find that it is nearly impossible to avoid reflecting on nothing else but the beauty of this world.

[view more of Renate’s work here.]

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