Freshly dampened by the rain, this Magnolia Blossom was reaching for the sky.
And from a little different angle.
The grounds around Magnolia Plantation and Gardens are dotted with decorative statues. Look close and you will see an alligator tail and a turtle to the right of this lady, sharing the view of the pond.
Symbol of what I do not know, maybe nature saying hello.
This cluster of azalea blooms were a bright spot as the shadows deepened just before sundown on a recent evening at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. An “old photo” treatment takes us back in time.
March 21, 2020
This dead tree trunk with its roots sticking up was laid out in a pond where a dike made a sharp turn giving me different options for angles and reflections.
The first view shows off the “spines” made of the tree limbs and green reflections from a tree line, making the whole thing look like a prehistoric monster.
From a bit further on the spines are hidden, there was no background reflection and I got the impression of antlers.
From the far side, reeds at the edge of the pond came into play and the shifting clouds made an interesting reflection.
This is a somewhat artsy presentation of the Ravenel Bridge through a monument at Magnolia Cemetery.
Nature at her finest.
After taking too many Roseate Spoonbill in flight images with plain blue backgrounds, I tried a monochrome treatment for something a little different. I like the outline of the bird from beak to toenails but miss the pink.
I saw the mailbox first. And then the chair. Ted was driving and we passed by at a steady clip on a main road. “We have to turn around!” After making two U-turns to get back in front of the property there was a wide enough berm to just get the car off the road. I took these out the window as Ted focused on us not getting rear-ended.
There was an awful lot going on across this lawn, with art works created from a wide variety of materials. The Bike-a-mowers were especially imaginative and I wondered if they were ever pressed into service to keep the grass neat.
Metal cutouts of Longhorn and Bison dotted the lawn. I wouldn’t be surprised to know there were more animals that I didn’t even see.
Some of the items, like the tractor behind the bikes, seemed more like abandoned junk than art. But who knows?
The last scene before the end of the property is the stage coach and six horse team at full tilt. Some of the finer details, including the load on top and the harness, have been weather worn, but you can imagine yourself in the scene of an old western movie looking for John Wayne.