May River — Bluffton, South Carolina
SC Picture Project | Beaufort County | May River
Bluffton is situated on the north bluff of the May River, giving the Beaufort County town its name. The river winds through the Old Town area of Bluffton, which locals call “the last true coastal village of the South.” In the heart of the Old Town, one can experience the mystery of the river with one of the many outfitters that navigate nature lovers along the waterway to view dolphins, catch shrimp, or just enjoy the rhythm of the tides.
Reflections on the May River
Bluffton’s Russ Greene, who contributed the stunning panorama at the top of this page, explains why he loves the May River: “The May River is a Bluffton tradition. This picture is taken overlooking the ‘bluff’ from which the town’s name originated. Whether buying fresh seafood from the Bluffton Oyster Company, spending lazy summer afternoons on the sandbar, or fishing off of one of the many docks on its shores, the May River is a local treasure.”
The second photo is entitled “Night Music” and it was contributed by friend of the South Carolina Picture Project Lamar Nix, who hails from nearby Seabrook. Lamar took this photo on a swamp off of the May River and writes, “This is a good example of the kind of bold colors and drama one can get from photographing the night sky after sunset. The reflections in the dark waters served to amplify the drama in the sky, and together suggested the title.”
Kim Holstein, also of Bluffton, submitted the final shot on this page and says, “This photo was taken off the Calhoun Street dock facing west down the historic May River. The shrimp boats you see in the distance are docked at the Bluffton Oyster Company, a locally owned family company that still fishes the waters of the May River daily.”
May River Map