A reality in Charleston: fancy dress shops and sand bags for days the streets flood.
I pass this tree stump often on my walks around Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. Someday there is going to be something sitting on it for me to photograph, well maybe.
In the meantime I’ll make do with the stump. It reminded me of a waiting stage on this day with the sun giving it a full spotlight.
Nature provided some lovely decorations, including a single blade of grass, looking something like a candle.
Charleston, SC has become a wedding destination and dress shops lead the way of the more obvious related businesses.
This shop is in an 1850s historically recognized home with elegant porches and dramatic windows. Those and interior details I expect contribute to the dress purchase being an “experience”.
The fence and closed gate keep passers by at bay. In an unusual Charleston detail, this home has its large porches facing the street, where most run down the side of the building. Placement was determined by the summer heat looking to maximize breeze and minimize direct sun.
These fungi images were taken a few days apart in October. The first one was tucked up against a tree. The tree stood off a path where I couldn’t get closer. The color was what made me notice.
A few days later I saw a similarly colored free-standing patch of a similar fungus.
From a distance it sure looked like a Dragonfly.
A walk around Magnolia Cemetery fills the senses with textures and colors and small views are sometimes the best.
Shadows and lines surround family plots.
Insects go about their business; this dragonfly was sunning on a deteriorating fence post.
September 26, 2019, Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, SC
This prop gave me a start when I was walking down the exit road at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens a few weeks ago. It was closing in on sunset and there weren’t many folks around.
Staff had left partially assembled decorations lined up under the lawn pavilion, which is separated from the road by some shrubs. I’d probably still be running if it had moved.
Not just people like walking on the beach.
There’s something about having sand between your toes that is satisfying.
Oystercatcher U5 was reported to the American Oystercatcher Working Group.
The American Oystercatcher Working Group seeks to develop, support and implement range-wide research and management efforts that promote the conservation of Atlantic coast American Oystercatchers and their habitats through individual and partnership-based initiatives guided by recommendations of the Working Group’s membership. http://amoywg.org/
Proceed with caution.
An empty shell on the beach, just as nature left it with the outgoing tide.