Harbingers of Happiness!

Wood Storks on Edisto Island

The Wood Storks found me this spring. On my land here on Edisto Island, named Allee de Lune (Alley of the Moon), one lone stork arrived one late afternoon, on the low spot on my front acre, to hunt for dinner in the pools of water, remnants of the very wet winter.

Amazed at the size and grandeur of the bird, my attention was riveted. The next day there were two. Then Three. Finally TEN Wood Storks, a blue heron, a snowy egret and several smaller birds. I could not help but feel blessed by these amazing creatures.

Wood Stork in flight

Researching exotic storks, I find that they were considered harbingers of happiness and prosperity, which came most likely from the fairy tales of the Netherlands and northern Germany.

Indeed! Harbingers of happiness! The wood storks flew over my car as I left the island that week, three over my car, as I turned onto the mainland. When I returned home from my trip they had vanished.

The gift they left I will keep. And I trust someday they will return to my Allee of the Moon.

I was called to be an artist. And as an old old midwife said to me "If the Lord wants you to do something, you won't have no good luck' til you do." So, here I am, sharing what I love, longing to illuminate the work of art, which is everywhere.

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3 comments on “Harbingers of Happiness!
  1. featherheart says:

    Charlotte, I love this story. The first photo is especially beautiful with the reflections in the water…breathtaking… “harbingers of happiness,” fairy tales and all.

  2. Pam says:

    I was out on Bear Island a few months ago now – and ‘ran into’ some wood storks – how nice to know that they are incorporated into fairy tales. But ten wood storks, all at once – what a treat!

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Welcome to my blog about the Lowcountry of South Carolina, a place proud with beauty, history and art. Sometimes we feel a call, to be, to go, to do. I was called to be an artist, and as an old midwife from Alabama said, “If the good Lord wants you to do something, you won’t have no good luck until you do it.”

So here I am writing about what I know, about the 'under glimmer' as the poet Basho, says, the way I have learned to see, to notice. I am inspired by, and talking about the history and art and culture of this place that has called me to herself. By the ancestors.

My background includes a degree in fine arts from a small private college in Florida, and before that, four years of all girls' boarding school in Asheville. I worked as a professional photographer, helped my children grow up, and now and I love seasoned things, good food, better conversation, beauty, my beloved and beautiful Italian Greyhound, Beau. Moved by the sacred places and stories of this beautiful historic land called the Lowcountry, I am here in spirit and I hope to infect you with my love of this place.

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