A Tricolored Heron in flight at Huntinton Beach State Park.
The iconic Sunset Beach Swing Bridge is no longer the link between the island's beaches after it was replaced with a modern spanner bridge in 2011. The bridge was one of two platoon bridges in the US and serviced the community for over 50 years.
Guests hold their hands in the air as the rollercoaster "The Hurricane" travels during The Myrtle Beach Pavilion Last Ride event in September.The summer marked the last season for The Myrtle Beach Pavilion as it closed after 58 years along the heart of the Grand Strand.
Kristina Gray, left, and Tara Hutchinson, perform as villagers at the Bethlehem Inn during The Church of the Resurrection's 3rd annual Return to Bethlehem Drive-Thru Nativity presentation Sunday night in Surfside Beach. About 75 actors, performed by parishioners of the church, told the story of the Nativity in seven stages where viewers could watch from the warmth of their cars. The event was free to the public and included live animals to give the presentation authenticity.
The sun pops above the edge of the ocean illuminating sea oaks along the dunes at Myrtle Beach State Park.
Phil Ulrich (Rear seat) takes Kassie Wood of Conway for a thrill ride aboard his 1940 Waco UPF-7 open cockpit biplane in the skies above North Myrtle Beach, S.C. Ulrich's business, Classic Air Ventures, operates from the Grand Strand Airport in North Myrtle Beach from May through October and gives rides starting from $50. Although the tourist industry in the Grand Strand area was slower this summer, Ulrich claims to have had a banner year. Only 600 of the UPF-7 planes were built between 1939-42. According to Ulrich, the planes were used as the primary trainer for the US military during WWII.
Light curtains hang from the 250 year-old trees at Live Oak Allee during the annual Nights of a Thousand Candles at Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet.
The Chanticleers Marching Band performs before the start of action between Coastal Carolina and VMI Saturday at Brooks Stadium.
Friends watch as Josh Walker,17, of Myrtle Beach does a somersault off the Red Bluff Landing bridge and into the cool waters of the Waccamaw River in rural Horry County. The top of the bridge is about 25 feet above the river.
Fireworks are just part of the landscape Wednesday evening looking South from Plyler Park during the weekly fireworks display during the summer series Hot Summer Nights in Myrtle Beach.
Norris Jones of Aynor, speads tobacco on top of a "last over" machine used to strip tobacco from it stalk. Jones was working on the Hamp Squires Farm just inside the town limits of Aynor.
Taken from the top floor of the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, a wild fire glows the sky red near the upscale development in Myrtle Beach. The wild fire destroyed more than 70 homes in nearby North Myrtle Beach.
Charlotte Motor Speedway
An exhibit in the Egyptian Art section at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The Museum was founded in1870, for the purpose of establishing and maintaining the study of the fine arts, and the application of arts in practical life.
Poo Center of Meditation, Chiang Mai, Thailand
A biker and his passenger ride down 9th Ave. N in Myrtle Beach Wednesday during the first day of the fall motorcycle rally The Pilgrimage.
Conductor Jerry Stevens walks the foot path while checking the connections of the Waccamaw River Swing Bridge before a train's crossing to Myrtle Beach. The Conway Southern Railroad is the only trainline in the Grand Strand.
Abbott Phrakru Buddhamonpricha (L) and monk Bun Reang Reangsisai meditate at the Wat Carolina on Saturday night in September. The monks at the temple meditate and chant twice a day. Morning meditation starts at 8AM and evening meditation is at 8PM.
A storm moves fast over the Cherry Grove Point in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.
The moon sets over the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge that leads into Charleston, South Carolina on December 18, 2013. Finished in 2005, the bridge has quickly become an iconic image for the historical city. Charleston with a non-union labor force, business friendly government and heavy tax incentives, are luring companies like Boeing to South Carolina. It also helps with Charleston's reputation as a top tourist destinations and a place rich in history and culture. For the third consecutive year, Charleston's been voted the No. 1 city in the United States by Condé Nast Traveler. REUTERS/Randall Hill (UNITED STATES)