I did not see what made the ripples in the water, although a lot of fish were jumping. The water was too deep for the Great Egret to wade out there, he had to be content with hunting the edges.
I got a little wet walking around the old rice field pond and then was treated to a rainbow. I didn’t see the second, fainter rainbow until I was developing the images.
The sun came out, I continued on then another shower, another rainbow. The sun nicely lit the trunk that connects the pond to the Ashly River.
November 6. 2020
Magnolia Plantation Rice Field Pond, Charleston, SC
From the SC Encyclopedia: scencyclopedia.org/
Rice trunks are wooden sluices installed in “banks” or dikes of rice fields for irrigation or flood control. They are long, narrow, wooden boxes made of thick planks, and each has a door at each end. Hung on uprights, the swinging doors, called gates, may be raised or lowered to drain or flood a field.
This tree is affectionately known as the “Spoonbill Tree” by the many photographers that frequent this location.
Some days when I stop by there is lots of activity and this day in September was one of them.
A close look at the exposed roots and the leafless branches tell a story of a tree that is closer to the end of its life than the beginning.
I will not be surprised at any time to discover it has fallen over. In the mean time it is well used as a bird perch.
Donnelley Wildlife Management Area
Green Pond, SC
September 20, 2020
Two Alligators were visible in the canal that runs around an old rice field at Donnelley Wildlife Management Area. Taken September 13th, we are starting to see some changes to fall colors.
A dragonfly perched on a bare branch that was hanging out over a pond. I liked the blue-grey color of the water in the background and hint of color of a flower on the left branch.
Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
August 16, 2020
The sun was up but stubbornly hiding behind a cloud, the birds were a bit far and the water was kind of crinkly, but the company was perfect.
Sunday morning, Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC.
Progress is being made on repairs to the Long White Bridge at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens which was severely damaged by a falling maple tree on July 7.
Some of the safety barricades that were in place on my last Update have been re-positioned which allowed a closer look when I was there on August 20.
A garden cherub is supervising the whole process, but couldn’t tell me what this yellow thing is.
The maple tree that fell was at the far left, on the other side of the bridge. That end of the bridge sustained the most damage, but cracking of the fascia and decking, along with the support framing went the length of the structure, leading to a major overhaul.
The view through the gazebo is not as dramatic without the white bridge; a few long blooming Azaleas spiff up the lawn. I look forward to taking a similar shot when the repairs are complete.
Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, Charleston, SC
August 20, 2020
My other photos of the Long White Bridge
Surely they didn’t mean us!
A pair of juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Herons that flushed out of a tree when I passed by landed on a dock that sits on the Ashley River.
The river is tidal and the tide was in so there would be no river bank fishing for this duo for several hours.
It was hot. One loan Alligator was visible getting some float time.
August 4, 2020