Looking up the river from the rice field dike at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens on a recent morning. The river is tidal, and I find the changes in flow fascinating. Here it was close to low tide and the water appeared to be barely moving.
Looking downriver, towards Charleston, from Magnolia Plantation and Gardens shortly after sunrise.
These pilings are what are left of a dock on the Ashley River at Middleton Place. The tide was going out and a crew of Double-crested Cormorants were using them as perches.
This one seemed to be investigating a crack in the wood.
I looked away and he either jumped or fell into the water.
I thought he might be going fishing but he flew right back out of the water.
There was room for a couple more birds to join them.
Middleton Place, Charleston, SC
April 17, 2021