Category Archives: This and That

Fungi

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.

Tree Fungi
Tree Fungi

A few days later I saw a similarly colored free-standing patch of a similar fungus.

Ground Fungi
Ground Fungi

Around Magnolia Cemetery

A walk around Magnolia Cemetery fills the senses with textures and colors and small views are sometimes the best.

Flowers Through Fence
Flowers Through Fence Decorated with Suns

Shadows and lines surround family plots.

Cemetery Fence
Cemetery Fence

Insects go about their business; this dragonfly was sunning on a deteriorating fence post.

Dragonfly on Fence Post
Dragonfly on Fence Post

September 26, 2019, Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, SC

Boo, A Day Late

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.

Happy Halloween
Happy Halloween

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.

Matching Steps

Not just people like walking on the beach.

Oyster Catcher Walking the Beach
Oyster Catcher Walking the Beach

There’s something about having sand between your toes that is satisfying.

Oyster Catcher Walking the Beach
Oyster Catcher Walking the Beach

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/

Taffeta, Lace and Sparkle

The front window of this bridal shop on Church Street in Charleston is always filled with luxurious wedding wear, but is difficult to photograph. Glare, reflections of cars parked across the street,  and folks passing by are detractors.

Fortunately for those wanting a more intimate peek  of it’s offerings (yes, me!) the shop has taken marketing advantage of its windows on the side street.

Bridal Gown Window
Bridal Gown Window

The gowns are elegant even on a headless, limbless dress form.

Bridal Gown Window
Bridal Gown Window

An entire rack of taffeta, lace and sparkle draws my eye and the bridal march is playing in my head.

Bridal Gown Window
Bridal Gown Window

Labyrinth: Yellow Path

The paths of the labyrinth at Mepkin Abby are currently created by a planting of yellow flowers, mostly Swamp Sunflowers, Helianthus angustifolius. Seen from the Abby’s entrance road it looks like an unkempt field of wildflowers.

Labyrinth From Road
Labyrinth From Road

As you get closer the entrance to the labyrinth invites you in, where you are surrounded by peaceful yellow. In many places the flowers were up to my shoulders.

Entrance to the Labyrinth
Entrance to the Labyrinth

In early October the sunflowers and grasses were heavy with blooms, some sagging into the path.

Labyrinth Path
Labyrinth Path

I saw the sign after I had exited the path. I could see I made it about half way before feeling closed in, stepping over the edge in a thin spot along the back. I didn’t realize how many insects there would be and how many unknown plants I would need to brush up against. Long pants and sleeves would have been a good choice for this journey except it was 90 degrees F (32 C).

Labyrinth Sign
Labyrinth Sign – “It is solved by walking.”

From Mepkin Abby materials:

Mepkin Abby is a community of Roman Catholic monks established in 1949 on the site of the historic Mepkin Plantation on the Cooper River, north of Charleston, SC. The grounds and gardens are open daily to the public as part of their commitment to share their land.

This labyrinth is a seven circuit pattern and is a unicursal line that winds around itself with no dead ends. Follow the line all the way to the center, then reverse direction to exit.