Category Archives: Landscape

House Museum at Middleton Place

Seen through a Camellia hedge across the great lawn, the South Flanker at Middleton Place

Middleton Place, House Museum
Middleton Place, House Museum, South Flanker

March 24, 2021


Prior to the Civil War the main house was flanked by the North Flanker and the South Flanker, which was built in 1755 as gentlemen’s guest quarters and a business office.

From the Middleton Place website:

Both flankers, along with the main house, were burned by Union troops in February, 1865, just two months before the end of the Civil War. The South Flanker was the least damaged of the three buildings and repairs to it began in 1869 and included a new roof, Dutch gable ends and an entry hall leading from the Greensward. Thus strengthened, the South Flanker survived Charleston’s Great Earthquake in 1886 that brought down the gutted walls of the other residential buildings. By 1870 the Middletons had returned to live again at Middleton Place and the South Flanker continued to serve subsequent generations until becoming a House Museum in 1975.
middletonplace.org

Tucked in a Hummock

The big pond at Donnelley Wildlife Management Area is dotted with these little islands covered with clumps of marsh grasses. Maybe not quite technically hummocks, as I’m not sure the ground is in a mound or if the grass is just thriving in a clump.

It’s not uncommon to see Black-crowned Night-herons tucked into the grass, but on this cold day they were joined by a Great Egret and a Double-crested Cormorant was bobbing in the water. I couple other Night Herons came and went while I was watching.

Birds Tucked Into the Grass
Birds Tucked Into the Grass

Look closely and those little blurs are Swallows zipping through the air. By 11:30 AM it had warmed up enough for insects to be active at the water surface.

Birds Tucked Into the Grass
Birds Tucked Into the Grass

These Swallows are fast!

Swallows Over Marsh Grass
Swallows Over Marsh Grass

Update 5: Long White Bridge, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

I ended my last Long White Bridge update with:

Foot traffic was still not allowed on the bridge. I expect the sides will have a railing along the top and there will be caps on the posts, both in black.

Thursday this week was a sunny day and I went back to check on progress. The holiday decorations have been removed, the caps are in place, no black painting has been done, and visitors are still blocked from crossing the bridge.

Long White Bridge
Long White Bridge

I pretty quickly got distracted by a Great Blue Heron posing on the new railing.

Great Blue Heron on Long White Bridge
Great Blue Heron on Long White Bridge

A few minutes later a Little Blue Heron decided to check out the new view, too.

Great Blue Heron and Little Blue Heron on Long White Bridge
Great Blue Heron and Little Blue Heron on Long White Bridge

Surprisingly the Little Blue flew even closer to the GBH.

Great Blue Heron and Little Blue Heron on Long White Bridge
Great Blue Heron and Little Blue Heron on Long White Bridge

Even more surprisingly the LBH  struck the same pose as the GBH, who never moved.

Great Blue Heron and Little Blue Heron on Long White Bridge
Great Blue Heron and Little Blue Heron on Long White Bridge

Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, Charleston, SC
January 28, 2021

The Long White Bridge at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens which was  severely damaged by a falling maple tree on July 7, 2020.

My other photos of the  Long White Bridge

Update 4: Long White Bridge, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

I returned to the Long White Bridge twice the first week in January to find that at the end of December the lattice side work had been completed and the bridge decorated with pine rope garland.

Long White Bridge
Long White Bridge, Great Blue Heron

Foot traffic was still not allowed on the bridge. I expect the sides will have a railing along the top and there will be caps on the posts, both in black.

Long White Bridge
Long White Bridge, Pine Garland Decoration

Wintertime Spanish Moss when there is no other color to reflect in the water makes a harsh image. I’m hoping any vegetation damaged by the falling tree and repair work will rebound as we move into spring.

Long White Bridge
Long White Bridge

The Great Blue Heron took flight, getting awfully close to the bridge before he lifted up and over.

Great Blue Heron Flying to Long White Bridge
Great Blue Heron Flying to Long White Bridge

Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, Charleston, SC
January 4, 2021

The Long White Bridge at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens which was  severely damaged by a falling maple tree on July 7, 2020.

My other photos of the  Long White Bridge

Update 4: Lattice Work

I returned to the Long White Bridge at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens on Monday to find the lattice work being attached.

Long White Bridge, Partial Lattice Work Installed
Long White Bridge, Partial Lattice Work Installed

Installation had been completed about three quarters of the way across on the front side of the bridge.

Long White Bridge, Partial Lattice Work Installed
Long White Bridge, Partial Lattice Work Installed

Two workmen were lining up and attaching supports for the next section of lattice.

Long White Bridge, Edgework
Long White Bridge, Edgework

The Cherub will  be more difficult to photograph through the bridge when the other side of lattice is added.

Long White Bridge, Cherub Statue Through Lattice
Long White Bridge, Cherub Statue Through Lattice

This is a view from the back side of the bridge with three Alligators in the water in the lower right.

Long White Bridge, Partial Lattice Work Installed, Alligators in Water
Long White Bridge, Partial Lattice Work Installed, Alligators in Water

Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, Charleston, SC
December 21, 2020

My other photos of the  Long White Bridge

Update 3C: Long White Bridge, From Gazebo

Obvious progress on repairs to the Long White Bridge at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens has been slow.  These images are from November 6th, the last time I had enough light when I passed by to capture some images.

Update 3A: Long White Bridge, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

Update 3B: Long White Bridge, Supervisor


These views of the bridge under construction were taken from the lawn gazebo.

Long White Bridge, From Gazebo
Long White Bridge, From Gazebo

The tree that fell and destroyed the bridge was on the far side of the left end. Somehow the cherub statue was spared.

Long White Bridge, From Gazebo
Long White Bridge, From Gazebo

The gazebo is metal, recently re-painted gaging by the brightness of the white.

Long White Bridge, From Gazebo
Long White Bridge, From Gazebo

A few late blooming azaleas provide a bit of color under the Spanish Moss draped  Crepe Myrtle.

Long White Bridge, From Gazebo
Long White Bridge, From Gazebo

Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, Charleston, SC
November 6, 2020

My other photos of the  Long White Bridge