From The Heart by ©Dawne M. Dunton


Myrtle Beach, South Carolina / USA

278 views as of April 16, 2013, photo taken on February 9, 2013

My moment in time that will never be forgotten,

My childhood friend since 1974 Yvonne Carroll’s birthday was February 9, 2013. It would have been her 49th birthday. In 32 days March 12, 2013, will be a year ago she passed away from cancer. I went to the Springmaid Pier to remember Yvonne on her birthday. I was hoping for a beautiful sunrise or even a dolphin or two since they had been spotted there several times in the past week. After about a half hour of taking photos I found 3 bottles with messages in them, all within 10 feet of each other. I thought it was a joke or set up, so I really didn’t think much of it. Seriously, who finds 3 bottles with messages in them at one time, it’s rare to find 1, and I found 3. I did bring one bottle home with me…what the heck…if it’s a joke then the jokes on me. It was actually a plastic bottle and the cork was hard to get out since it was saturated with water, so I cut the top of the bottle off with a knife. The paper was damp and tweezers were damaging the paper, so I used my blow dryer to dry the paper. When I was able to get the paper out all I could do was cry. The message said…I’m praying for you and love you. I felt like Yvonne was watching over me and was there with me on that day…on her birthday. She knew I was there to celebrate her. She will always be in my heart. Best day I had in a long time. I love and miss my friend very much!!

On March 12, 2013, I wrote my story about Yvonne on paper and in a beautiful corked bottle that I had for years as a nick knack, I put the story in it. I hopefully sealed it tightly enough with the cork then I dipped the top in wax several times. The morning of the 12th was rainy and I didn’t make it to the pier, but as sunset was coming soon the skies cleared and I went to the end of Springmaid Pier and sent Yvonne’s story into the ocean. I made sure to add Yvonne’s message…I’m praying for you and love you. I also left my name and contact information. I hope someone finds it and it brings a smile to their face, as it did for me on Yvonne’s birthday.

The bottle with the message.

My friend Yvonne and I at our 25 year class reunion in 2007.

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My name is Dawne Dunton, I’ll be honest and say I can’t really call myself an artist or a professional photographer. I’ve never taken a class, I’m purely an amateur that wants to be more. I take photos of just about everything that catches my eye, and I mean everything. Some of my photos may be odd to you, but I like the odd. I hope you enjoy what I see!!

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  • Vicki Spindler (VHS Photography)
    Vicki Spindler...about 2 years ago

    What a wonderful shot!! Love this image, fantastic work!!! :))))))))))))))

  • Thank you Vicki! The story behind finding this bottle means so much and I’m so glad I found it and captured the moment of it.

    – ©Dawne M. Dunton

  • RobynLee
    RobynLeeabout 2 years ago

    Lovely Shot;i l always wanted to do that(put a message in a bottle & send it out to sea,that is:-)

  • Thank you! I hope you get the chance to send a message. You never know who’s day you could make just a little better with a wonderful message!! If you read my description on this photo, you’ll see this was one of the best things that happened to me!! :)

    – ©Dawne M. Dunton

  • Tammera
    Tammeraabout 2 years ago

    Congratulations! Superb Work!

  • Thank you so much for the feature!

    – ©Dawne M. Dunton

  • Lissie EJ
    Lissie EJabout 2 years ago

  • Wonderful! Thank you very much!

    – ©Dawne M. Dunton

  • aprilann
    aprilannabout 2 years ago


  • Thank you aprilann!

    – ©Dawne M. Dunton

  • Bine
    Bineabout 2 years ago

    Your story paired with this beautiful image brought tears to my eyes………. Yvonne is lucky to have had a friend like you. She will forever live in your heart and the memories you have of your time together;

  • Bine, thank you so much for your comment!! I was so blessed to have Yvonne in my life for so long and thankful she shared her last days with me. She will never be forgotten and always loved. I’ve already decided on March 12th the day she passed to write my experience on paper and put it in a bottle. I’m going down to the beach where I found the other bottles and toss mine into the ocean. I hope that whoever finds mine and reads the story will experience the same feeling of love and prayer as I did.

    – ©Dawne M. Dunton

  • aprilann
    aprilannabout 2 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your Meaningful Moment with the group!

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    your host, April

  • Thank you so much for this April! I know you know what this means to me!! HUGZ

    – ©Dawne M. Dunton

  • Keeawe
    Keeaweabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful! Love the compositiion of this.

  • Thank you so much Keeawe!!

    – ©Dawne M. Dunton

  • jeanlphotos
    jeanlphotosover 1 year ago

    Thanks for sharing with us in the Just for you Group…Beautifully captured

  • Thank you!!

    – ©Dawne M. Dunton

  • vigor
    vigorover 1 year ago

    Beautiful shot and story and dedication!

  • Thank you very much!!

    – ©Dawne M. Dunton

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