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Strawberry Chapel, The Outside From Further Back

Strawberry Chapel from the back of the three acre property, at least as far back as it is cleared.

Strawberry Chapel
Strawberry Chapel

This tree has been witness to a lot of history.

Strawberry Chapel
Strawberry Chapel

September 10, 2022
Strawberry Chapel
Cordesville, South Carolina

The Anglican Church established “chapels of ease” throughout rural South Carolina in the 1700s for members to attend services close to home without trekking to an actual church.

Built in 1725, Strawberry Chapel is the only remaining structure from the Childsbury settlement on the Cooper River.

Alligators, Doing Their Thing

And their thing isn’t much, or wasn’t on this day. This fellow was just hanging out at the edge of the pond.

Alligator In The Weeds
Alligator In The Weeds

Not really a photobomber because it’s not so easy to see, but there is a Belted Kingfisher sitting on the stick at the center top of the image as the Alligator glided by.

Alligator Crossing The Pond
Alligator Crossing The Pond, Belted Kingfisher on the stick

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
August 27, 2022

 

Strawberry Chapel, Windows From Inside

I was impressed by the number and size of the glass windows at Strawberry Chapel given that it was built in 1725. Considerable expense would have been involved.

This window on the west side of the building has a view of the brick receiving crypt where remains would be kept prior to a funeral.

Strawberry Chapel Window
Strawberry Chapel Window, Some panes have been replaced due to vandalism

This is the view from the front of the room, one of the fenced burial plots is visible out the left window. I didn’t hear mention if these were the original pews, but most of the floor down the middle is original tile.

Strawberry Chapel Back Door and Window
Strawberry Chapel Back Door and Window

And the same view again, including the decorative window at the peak.

Strawberry Chapel Back Door and Window
Strawberry Chapel Back Door and Window

The west door has the same view as from that window to the left, shown in the first image. A matching door and small anti-room are on the opposite side.

Strawberry Chapel Side Door
Strawberry Chapel Side Door

September 10, 2022
Strawberry Chapel
Cordesville, South Carolina

The Anglican Church established “chapels of ease” throughout rural South Carolina in the 1700s for members to attend services close to home without trekking to an actual church.

Built in 1725, Strawberry Chapel is the only remaining structure from the Childsbury settlement on the Cooper River. The chapel is private property and Ted and I attended an educational / history event on the site.

Dragonfly on Pokeweed

I almost deleted this image then saw the antennae sticking out from the stem below the dragonfly.

Dragonfly on Pokeweed
Dragonfly on Pokeweed, With Grasshopper Photobomber

The dragonfly shifted to another branch right after I took the first image, giving me a little better view.

Dragonfly on Pokeweed
Dragonfly on Pokeweed

And then one more time, this time choosing a leaf as his perch.

Dragonfly on Pokeweed
Dragonfly on Pokeweed

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
August 27, 2022

 

Milky Way From Bulls Island

Light pollution keeps us from seeing much of the sky’s offerings at night anywhere around Charleston. We had a fabulous opportunity to go out to Bulls Island last night at the new moon with the milky way fully extended above us.

I read up all sorts of tips and tutorials; in the end just doing it was the best teacher.

On the negative side I could not get sharp focus on the stars so my images are all soft and I didn’t get to a place with a good foreground element. On the plus side, it was a fabulous experience seeing the milky way, listening to the ocean, and taking it all in. I definitely want to do it again.

Milky Way Over North End of Bulls Island
Milky Way Over North End of Bulls Island

Some swaying sea oats lend some visual interest:

Milky Way Over North End of Bulls Island
Milky Way Over North End of Bulls Island

Canon 7D Mark II
Canon 24mm, F2.8, ISO 3200, 20 seconds

Bulls Island, Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, SC
September 24, 2022

Strawberry Chapel, The Outside

The grounds at Strawberry Chapel have a number of haphazardly placed brick-walled enclosures for family burial plots.

Strawberry Chapel
Strawberry Chapel

With doors on three sides, the layout maximized any available air flow for gatherings during the hot low-country summers.

Strawberry Chapel
Strawberry Chapel

The decedents of this family don’t keep up their enclosed section. The chapel owners have all they can do to maintain the open sections of the grounds.

Strawberry Chapel
Strawberry Chapel

The rectangular building has a “jerkin head” roof, essentially a gable end that has a hip. The chapel will be celebrating 300 years in 2025 so the structure was a good choice.

Strawberry Chapel
Strawberry Chapel

September 10, 2022
Strawberry Chapel
Cordesville, South Carolina

The Anglican Church established “chapels of ease” throughout rural South Carolina in the 1700s for members to attend services close to home without trekking to an actual church.

Built in 1725, Strawberry Chapel is the only remaining structure from the Childsbury settlement on the Cooper River.

Grasshopper at the Swamp

The trail that runs along the edge of the swamp at Magnolia Plantation often offers some interesting peeks at the little creatures.

Grasshopper Silhouette
Grasshopper Silhouette, Canon 100-400mm

I tried to see him from the other side of the leaf, but he had moved along.

Grasshopper
Grasshopper, Canon 100-400mm

Another shot with the 100mm macro lens.

Grasshopper
Grasshopper, Canon 100mm Macro

The grasshopper had places to go.

Grasshopper
Grasshopper

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
September 16, 2022

Drayton Hall, First Visit

Ted and I visited Drayton Hall, one of the historic plantations on the Ashley River for the first time today.

Due to a confluence of circumstances of our timing, a day where the heat index was going over 90 F (32 C) so they were limiting traffic in the house, and busloads of other visitors we did not go inside.

Drayton Hall, River Side
Drayton Hall, River Side, Some excavation work being done on lower right side of building

From the front, or at least the more opulent, entrance. I found it odd that there were no gardens or plantings immediately around the house.

Drayton Hall
Drayton Hall, Framed by a very large live oak tree.

We’ll go back after it cools off a bit here, and the tourist traffic slows.

Drayton Hall, Charleston, SC
September 21, 2022