Tag Archives: Landscape

Rainbow Leading to the Trunk

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.

Double Rainbow Over Ashley River
Double Rainbow Over Ashley River

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.

Rainbow From Magnolia Rice Pond
Rainbow From Magnolia Rice Pond

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.

Spoonie Tree with Roseate Spoonbills, and More

This tree is affectionately known as the “Spoonbill Tree” by the many photographers that frequent this location.

Alligators and Spoonbills
Alligator in water, Alligator under the Tree, and Roseate Spoonbills

Some days when I stop by there is lots of activity and this day in September was one of them.

Alligators and Spoonbills
Spoonbills Sleeping in the Spoonie Tree

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.

Alligators and Spoonbills
Alligators and Spoonbills

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.

Great Egret and Spoonbills
Great Egret and Spoonbills

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area
Green Pond, SC
September 20, 2020

Update 2: Long White Bridge, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

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.

Long White Bridge
Long White Bridge, Back side, planking in place for repair access

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.

Long White Bridge
Long White Bridge, Front side, Reflections

A garden cherub is supervising the whole process, but couldn’t tell me what this yellow thing is.

Long White Bridge
Long White Bridge, old and new

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.

Long White Bridge
Long White Bridge, Front side

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.

Long White Bridge
Long White Bridge, through the Gazebo

Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, Charleston, SC
August 20, 2020

My other photos of the  Long White Bridge

Did You See a Sign?

Surely they didn’t mean us!

Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Herons on Dock
Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Herons on Dock, Ashley River, Charleston

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.

Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron on Dock
Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron on Dock

The river is tidal and the tide was in so there would be no river bank fishing for this duo for several hours.

Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron on Dock
Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron on Dock