Flying to Amelia Island

August 2nd, 2011

My dear brother Burke brought the family Ercoupe down to Charleston.  On Friday, we flew from Johns Island Airport to Amelia Island (GA) to shoot for a commission.  I took over 1,000 photographs on this flight.  The trip was so exciting and I shot every barrier island on the way.  What made it special was that when I began my career with © Island From the Sky, this was the exact same path we flew in the 70’s.  Now I’m using digital and Burke and I are a well-oiled team.  Chase Cribb, my intern from the Art Institute of Charleston, got a chance to fly too and took these beautiful photographs of me and Burke with the Ercoupe and the view of my home on James Island Creek. 

Mary Edna Travels to Australia

September 28th, 2009

Mary Edna is on a great adventure to Australia, one of her favorite destinations. While touring Australia she will visit with friends, shop for Kimono Silk, lecture, teach and exhibit her Kimono Silk batiks.

Her journey begins…

Dear Friends,

I am in the Sydney Airport after being delayed a full day in travel by the flooding in Atlanta and dust storm halting all traffic here. Looks like Mother Nature is getting a little climate change revenge.

Tonight I land in Melbourne where my college buddy, De Grebner, will take me out to hear music, visit nature and regenerate my system. She works to replant trees We went to East Carolina University in NC together 1970 – 74. Maybe De will give me an interview of some of our escapades.

I shot some interesting aerials over the Rockies approaching LA and will try to get them posted over the next few days. The blue sky contrasted with the orange earth and dark mountains were engaging.


Mary Edna

Welcome to

September 7th, 2009

Mary Edna Fraser is a master of the ancient art of batik on silk. With the largest batiks in the world, she illustrates her bird’s eye view of threatened landscapes.

Captivated by the complex patterns from the air, she’s been photographing France, Indonesia, Australia, and most of the coastal U.S. for more than a quarter century. She often illustrates the immense undeveloped coastline of her South Carolina home, where beach, marsh, and mainland entwine. She works from her creek-side studio on James Island, where she exhibits her silks and monotypes.

She has been collaborating with Dr. Orrin Pilkey since 1993 beginning with a Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum exhibition. In 2003, they published A Celebration of the World’s Barrier Islands (Columbia University Press), which included about 50 batiks. Their current book and exhibition about global warming will be put out by Duke University Press in 2010.

Exhibiting and lecturing internationally, she has been featured by Duke University, the National Science Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, the Peabody Essex Museum, and National Geographic. Private and public collectors include, most notably, the Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University, the Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment, the New England Aquarium in Boston, the American Embassy in Thailand, and NASA. She has many commissioned works, including a collaboration with master blacksmith Phillip Simmons at the Charleston International Airport.