SC Palmetto Tree – Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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This beautiful Myrtle Beach indigo sky provides a perfect background for the beloved South Carolina palmetto moon. The scene captured is reminiscent of our South Carolina state flag, which was designed by Colonel William Moultrie after his victory over the British at Fort Moultrie.
The branchless, evergreen palmetto tree (Sabal palmetto) is a species adapted to withstand the elements of the coast, such as strong winds, salt spray, and sea worms. The trunk of a palmetto tree is actually a fibrous stem that is soft enough to bend during a storm rather than break. This characteristic is what made the trees such a successful building material during the Revolutionary War; forts absorbed the shock of artillery rather than succumbed to it.
Over the years the palmetto tree has become an iconic image in South Carolina culture. Interpretations of the tree appear on clothing, in art, and even on bumper stickers.
Reflections on the South Carolina Palmetto Tree
Contributor Andy Hunter shares his story about capturing his photo above, “While vacationing at Surfside Beach, I’d get up everyday and go somewhere to catch the sunrise. This morning I went to downtown Myrtle Beach and, having several friends who love anything related to Palmetto Trees, wanted to also get some decent photos of the trees. The location of these two is obvious as you can see Myrtle Beach’s Skywheel in the background.”
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