Category Archives: Landscape

Sunset Black Point Wildlife Drive, 1

Just before the sun went down, wispy clouds seemed to materialize from nothing.

Sunset Black Point Wildlife Drive
Sunset Black Point Wildlife Drive

After the sun was below the horizon, looking a bit further north across another pond:

Sunset Black Point Wildlife Drive
Sunset Black Point Wildlife Drive

A bit further along the drive a Great Blue Heron stood in what had become a pink glow.

Great Blue Heron at Sunset
Great Blue Heron at Sunset

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Florida
January 18, 2023

Sun Rising Over Ashley River

The Ashley River was clear as glass on Friday morning, and the water didn’t appear to moving, as often happens around high tide. The water coming downstream, from the left in this first image, and the rising tide are equalizing.

Sun Rising Over Ashley River
Sun Rising Over Ashley River, Some Mist Rising Along the Bank

Looking upstream, this large Live Oak was dipping in the water.

Sun Rising Over Ashley River
Sun Rising Over Ashley River

I passed by that tree then looked back to the east to watch the sun’s rays through the Spanish Moss.

Sun Rising Over Ashley River
Sun Rising Over Ashley River Through A Live Oak

Ashley River From Magnolia Plantation, Charleston, SC
January 6, 2023

Consolidated from Wikipedia and Google: The Ashley River is a blackwater and tidal river, rising from the Wassamassaw and Great Cypress Swamps in western Berkeley County. It widens into a tidal estuary just south of Fort Dorchester, which was a colonial settlement. Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site is about 7 miles, as the crow flies, upriver from Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.

Boat Pond Maintenance, False Start

Conditions were right on Wednesday for the fire to be set in the Boat Pond at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens to help manage the invading cattails and other reeds. Unfortunately it started to rain before the burn was complete so there will be another session. This morning the perimeter trail was still closed so I couldn’t really see what has happened.

This is what it looked like in September, before the water was drained.

Boat Pond, Choked With Cattails and Reeds
Boat Pond, Choked With Cattails and Reeds
Channel Around Boat Pond
Channel Around Boat Pond
Alligator in Boat Pond Channel
Alligator in Boat Pond Channel

This river-side pond was created as a rice cultivation field, probably in the 1700s. It’s referred to as the Boat Pond because Magnolia offers nature tours by boat around the pond. The channel seen in the second image was dredged and widened three or four years ago.

Alligator and Yellow-bellied Sliders

Late on a warm November afternoon Alligators and Yellow-bellied Sliders were hanging out on the alligator ramps.

Alligator and Yellow-bellied Slider
Alligator and Yellow-bellied Slider

A touch of fall foliage reflected in the water.

Alligator and Yellow-bellied Slider
Alligator and Yellow-bellied Slider

A wider view at a different angle shows the alligator ramp from the first image, with another one a bit further to the left.

Alligator and Yellow-bellied Slider
Alligator and Yellow-bellied Slider

Ravenswood Pond
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
November 28, 2022