Something about Kiawah you can’t quite put your finger on. Yes, the Island has world-class golf courses, top-notch restaurants, and luxurious seaside swimming pools. And the best-of lists rank Kiawah as a top place to live, to visit. But there’s more—something deep and seductive that draws you in for keeps.
Kiawah land planner Mark Permar once said that “man’s relationship with nature is about mystery and exploration.” That is the magic of Kiawah. The weight of the sultry Southern air, the smell of the earthy maritime forest, the warm Atlantic breeze at sunrise—it can’t be qualified.
The allure lies in the native, preserved landscape. Under the thoughtful guidance of people like Permar, and organizations like the Architectural Review Board and the Kiawah Conservancy, Kiawah remains fairly wild. Bobcats still roam and native plants thrive because of the deep convictions and foresight of these dedicated stewards.
In this issue of Legends I’ve sought to capture the lifestyle, the culture, and the vibrant community of this lovely sea island, but also to celebrate the deep and inherent love of nature, of all things mysterious.