Category Archives: Landscape

Ravenel Bridge Across the Marsh

Charleston’s Ravenel Bridge is part of the landscape seen from the back of Magnolia Cemetery. The Cooper River runs under the bridge and creates the marsh that edges the cemetery, which is just barely above the level of the river.

Ravenel Bridge, Charleston
Ravenel Bridge, Charleston

A storm was predicted for the morning I was there but the clouds drifted higher before anything dramatic looking happened.

Ravenel Bridge, Charleston
Ravenel Bridge, Charleston

May 3, 2019

Pond with Water Lowered

These images were taken 4/5/2019 as the water was dropping in this pond. Repairs were being done to the pond out-flow and adjacent road that required the water to be lowered.

It was fascinating to see what had been under the two to three feet (up to one meter) of water. This first image is an alligator ramp that is the same one seen in Wood Stork King of the Ramp.

Pond with water lowered
Pond with water lowered

The reddish material is Mosquito Fern. Next is another Alligator ramp that had just barely been sticking out of the water on the high end.

Pond with water lowered
Pond with water lowered

Lastly, this is a view of a bridge that connects a couple of the pond’s islands as part of the path around the pond. Great Blue Herons can easily walk under the bridge.

Pond with water lowered
Pond with water lowered

As of last week management is adding some water to this pond. Unless we have a big rain I expect it will be weeks and maybe more before the water is back to the previous level.

Pond of Water Lilies

When I first saw these flashes of white from the road I thought they were birds. It was a nice treat to find water lilies, even though I couldn’t get very close.

Pond with Water Lilies
Pond with Water Lilies

There was a small grouping of lilies closer to the dike that runs along the side of the pond.

Pond with Water Lilies
Pond with Water Lilies

A stiff breeze was flapping the lily pads out of the water in an open area where a single Cormorant was fishing.

Pond with Water Lilies
Pond with Water Lilies and Cormorant

The Long White Bridge, 2019

Photographing this iconic spot at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens with Azaleas in bloom is all about timing. The flower blooms, the light, the stillness of the water, the absence of people on the bridge– all things we have no control over. It’s a lovely spot and I tend to take a few captures whenever I pass by, even if the flowers aren’t in bloom.

Long White Bridge and Azaleas
Long White Bridge and Azaleas

Taken 3/22/2019

Ravenswood Pond, Puffy Clouds

The sky was filled with fluffy white clouds and the water was still, making beautiful reflections.

Both images were taken from the more manicured short side of this rectangular man-made pond, looking towards the far end. The corner where I took the first one widens a bit into an overflow outlet where I was standing.

Ravenswood Pond, White Puffy Clouds
Ravenswood Pond, White Puffy Clouds

The second image was taken from the other end of that short side. The trees standing in the water and small island are home to many of the wading bird nests I photograph.

Ravenswood Pond, White Puffy Clouds
Ravenswood Pond, White Puffy Clouds

April 5, 2019

Rice Field Canal, Two Views

The old rice fields along South Carolina’s coast that are maintained as part of the wildlife management areas are connected by canals and the water flow is controlled by openingĀ  or closing a series of “trunks.”

Taken March 28, trees are budding and leafing out all around but there are still a lot of brown dead reeds from last year on the edges of the canals.

Canal Behind Trunk
Canal Behind Trunk

This second view is the same canal from a slightly different angle without the trunk.

Rice Field Canal
Rice Field Canal