The view across the big field of the Plantation House. Previous visitors to this location may notice that the hedge to the right of the house and the English boxed garden in front of the house have been removed.
Another view taken a few days later, on a grey afternoon, image cooked up just a bit.
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.
Looking upstream, this large Live Oak was dipping in the water.
I passed by that tree then looked back to the east to watch the sun’s rays through the Spanish Moss.
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.
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.
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.