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Bee on Trumpet Vine

It was a lazy summer afternoon and a few rather large bees buzzed around a group of Trumpet Vine trumpets. They enter the blossoms head first…

Bee Backing Out of Trumpet Vine Flower
Bee Backing Out of Trumpet Vine Flower

… then awkwardly back out.

Bee Backing Out of Trumpet Vine Flower
Bee Backing Out of Trumpet Vine Flower

Lift off to the next flower.

Bee Flying Away From Trumpet Vine Flower
Bee Flying Away From Trumpet Vine Flower

This one appeared to pause for a moment on the flower ruffle.

Bee On Trumpet Vine Flower
Bee On Trumpet Vine Flower

Pollen sacks loaded but they kept working, this time with a sideways maneuver into the blossom.

Bee On Trumpet Vine Flower
Bee On Trumpet Vine Flower

 

Flowers Around the Swamp

A saw a wide range of colorful blooms in a walk around Magnolia Gardens last week.

A single Morning Glory blossom had opened for the sun pushing a strand of spider web.

Pink Morning Glory
Pink Morning Glory

The Black-eyed Susans were looking a bit bedraggled from the previous afternoon’s pounding rain.

Pair of Black-eyed Susans
Pair of Black-eyed Susans

Texas Star Hibiscus shouts out for attention wherever it blooms.

Red Texas Star Hibiscus
Red Texas Star Hibiscus

This stem of delicate orange blossoms in the shade hadn’t quite dried off. I haven’t noticed it before but sure will look again when I return.

Orange Blooms
Orange Blooms

Orange-yellow Canna Lily

There is a small patch of Canna Lilies at the edge of the big field at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. It’s a wet spot and the lilies and cattails seem pretty happy there.

Orange Canna Lily with Cattails
Orange Canna Lily with Cattails

This dragonfly found an unfurled blossom a nice place to perch on a hot day. True to form he lifted off just as I was ready to shoot then returned to the exact same spot,

Orange Canna Lily Bud with Dragonfly
Orange Canna Lily Bud with Dragonfly

The orange and yellow combination of the flowers is quite attractive, shouting out “summer!”

Orange Canna Lily Bloom
Orange Canna Lily Bloom

Swallowtail Butterfly on Azalea

Azaleas have been planted all around the swamp, many of them bloom off and on through the summer, despite the heat. This reddish colored one was a perfect complement to a Swallowtail Butterfly.

Swallowtail Butterfly on Azalea
Swallowtail Butterfly on Azalea

The flowers must have been providing some nourishment as the Butterfly kept going around the bush.

Swallowtail Butterfly on Azalea
Swallowtail Butterfly on Azalea

He went deep into each blossom, his head disappearing behind the petals.

Swallowtail Butterfly on Azalea
Swallowtail Butterfly on Azalea

Then he gracefully backed out before moving on.

Swallowtail Butterfly on Azalea
Swallowtail Butterfly on Azalea

Cypress Gardens: First Visit

Cypress Gardens, a 170 acre preserve in Monks Corner, was on our list of places to visit when we first visited South Carolina in January 2016. Unfortunately, it had been completely destroyed in October 2015 by the “thousand year flood.” Promises to reopen over the next three years were changed as setbacks to repairs came with Hurricane Matthew in 2016, Tropical Storm Irma in 2017 and the January snowstorm of 2018.

Water depth marker
Water depth marker – during the Thousand Year Flood of 2016 water rose to between the top two white marks on the pole

At long last Berkeley County has overcome the weather and bureaucratic delays, reopening the park in April. After giving them a few weeks to work out the kinks we’ve now had our first excursion there and fittingly, it started raining as we pulled into the parking lot.

Not deterred we started with a guided boat ride through the black water swamp to get a feel for the park layout. It was neat being down close to the water surface and another time I’d take the self-guided (paddle yourself in a small flat bottom boat) so I could stop where I wanted.

Water Lilies in Black Water Swamp
Water Lilies in Black Water Swamp

Plants are being allowed to come back on their own but the management actively is removing the thriving duck weed and creating compost from it.

Water Lily in Black Water Swamp
Water Lily in Black Water Swamp

We saw a few alligators including some under a year old, snakes and song birds. Hopefully wading birds and other wildlife will return  as the landscape heals.

Reflections in Black Water Swamp
Reflections in Black Water Swamp

A few small islands throughout the swamp had cultivated flowers. I don’t know if these somehow survived all the weather events or have been recently planted.

Gladiola
Gladiola

Walking trails around the swamp and into the woods, a butterfly house, a combo aquarium/reptile center, and numerous gardens round out the attractions.

Wild Pink

Wild flowers have been allowed to grow unmolested by the lawnmower at Magnolia Cemetery in Charleston and this morning there were more types than I ever remember seeing there. A nice patch of these pink beauties, perhaps some kind of mallow, caught my eye.

Wild Pink
Wild Pink

A single bloom off on its own shows  delicate pink shades.

Wild Pink
Wild Pink

The ground was dry and after scanning for snakes, ants and other creatures I got down on the ground for a few images

Wild Pink
Wild Pink

Click any image for a larger view.

Pond of Water Lilies

When I first saw these flashes of white from the road I thought they were birds. It was a nice treat to find water lilies, even though I couldn’t get very close.

Pond with Water Lilies
Pond with Water Lilies

There was a small grouping of lilies closer to the dike that runs along the side of the pond.

Pond with Water Lilies
Pond with Water Lilies

A stiff breeze was flapping the lily pads out of the water in an open area where a single Cormorant was fishing.

Pond with Water Lilies
Pond with Water Lilies and Cormorant

The Long White Bridge, 2019

Photographing this iconic spot at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens with Azaleas in bloom is all about timing. The flower blooms, the light, the stillness of the water, the absence of people on the bridge– all things we have no control over. It’s a lovely spot and I tend to take a few captures whenever I pass by, even if the flowers aren’t in bloom.

Long White Bridge and Azaleas
Long White Bridge and Azaleas

Taken 3/22/2019