Tag Archives: Landscape

Garden Peeks

Gardens are tucked into the sides and rear of many homes on the Charleston Peninsula where space is at a premium. Most are separated from the sidewalk in this residential area by fences and gates but peeking through on a casual walk around these neighborhoods reveals many delights.

Large Succulent Through the Fence
Large Succulent Through the Fence

Some of the fences or walls are covered with plants and include some reptilian occupants peeking back out.

Lizard Peaking Out
Lizard Peaking Out

These Iris were swaying in the breeze behind a fence with wide slats.

Iris Through the Fence
Iris Through the Fence

The well-tended garden below was a colorful oasis backed by a green hedge.

Annuals through the fence
Annuals through the fence

This home has a below ground entry that is guarded by a gate, a lion and a pot of geraniums.

Lion Guarding Red Geraniums
Lion Guarding Red Geraniums

Many of the house lots are so narrow that there is just the house and the paved area to one side. Pots are the only way to make a garden here.

Flower Pots inside the gate
Flower Pots inside the gate

Azalea Season

One of the most photographed spots at Charleston’s Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, the Long White Bridge is a hot spot of activity this week with the Azaleas in full bloom.

Long White Bridge
Long White Bridge and Azaleas – click for larger view

This has been a banner year for Azaleas in the tri-county area. After last year’s disappointment with a late March freeze that severely limited the blooms, the colors are especially welcome this spring.

Shem Creek Pelicans

Brown Pelicans are attracted to Shem Creek by the commercial fishing activity and are often seen cleaning up behind the boats as they clean their catch. Other times they drop into the creek and fish on their own.

Pelicans in Shem Creek
Pelicans in Shem Creek

Shem Creek also hosts a Kayak/Stand Up Paddleboard rental shop and a public boat ramp for those with their own equipment. This pair of paddlers wasn’t paying much attention to the Pelicans gliding by. I’m not sure how that would be possible.

Pelican and Kyakers
Pelican and Kyakers

Pelicans will land on anything and everything. Their sheer size (between 4 and 11 pounds) always makes them stand out. I liked this shot with the colorful hulls in the background.

Pelican Resting on Docked Boat
Pelican Resting on Docked Boat

Shem Creek – click image for larger viewTaken with my new 20mm lens, 3/24/2018.

Sony Alpha 6500, Sony 20mm F2.8

Shem Creek Board Walk

The shrimp boats and a few sail boats were docked for the day along Shem Creek, a long time fishing center turned tourist attraction when the board walk was added. The smaller inlet off the creek winds around the marsh and frequently hosts egrets, herons and other water birds.

Shem Creek

Shem Creek – click image for larger viewTaken with my new 20mm lens, 3/24/2018.

Sony Alpha 6500, Sony 20mm F2.8

Spanish Moss Draped Perch

This tree at Charleston’s Magnolia Cemetery has a huge amount of Spanish Moss draping through its branches. Several of the limbs  hang out over a pond which make it a select spot for a Great Egret.

Spanish Moss Draped Perch for Great Egret
Spanish Moss Draped Perch for Great Egret – click image for larger view

The Egret spent some time grooming then settled to enjoy the sun.

Spanish Moss Draped Perch for Great Egret
Spanish Moss Draped Perch for Great Egret – click image for larger view