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It’s in our nature

Here in the Lowcountry, we coexist with our natural surroundings.

Back in the 1960s, real estate developer Charles Fraser believed he could create the ideal community. His plan was to turn a sparsely populated sea island into a tranquil master planned community — a place with resort-style amenities and luxury homes that blend in with nature rather than overpowering it.

Publisher Lori Goodridge-Cribb enjoys a glass of adult grape juice on her back deck.

More than 50 years later, communities across the Lowcountry continue to prove Fraser was right. We can (and do) live well while also living in harmony with our beautiful environment.

I am fortunate to live in a home with a marsh view and take great pleasure in seeing and hearing all kinds of wildlife at all times of day from my deck. Marsh hens protecting their nests, the occasional bald eagle, random deer checking out the surroundings and much, much more. I even enjoy watching the little fiddler crabs making their way to the water.

This special issue is a love letter to our natural surroundings — our unique geology and wildlife.

Inside we identify our natural wonders and highlight local nature lovers. We tour the Nature Center at Oldfield, explore the renewed Audubon Newhall Preserve and offer tips for getting the most out of our outdoors.

Are you a camper or a glamper? We’ve got you covered either way. Want to bring the outside in? We’ve got some cool nature home accessories that will do the trick.

Of course, this issue is also filled with stunning images of nature from local photographers. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed putting it together. We also hope this issue is yet another reminder of how lucky we are to live in such a special place. Have a wonderful August!

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