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Update: Long White Bridge, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

Yesterday I went to Magnolia Plantation and Gardens for the first time since the Long White Bridge was damaged on July 7.

In an email update today Magnolia said that “during an inspection on Thursday morning, July 8 that the hard realities were revealed.”

“Decking boards were pulled up. Upright posts with railing and lattice detail were analyzed. Copper sheeting for waterproofing under the deck and 100 years of assorted hardware, straps and layers of wood structure were exposed. On that brilliant morning, the bridge showed every one of its 180 years of age.”

Two South Carolina companies have joined forces to recreate the bridge: one that specialize in old growth wide planks and slabs, including recovery of old growth sinker cypress and heart pine and another that custom mills lumber products.

Long White Bridge
Long White Bridge

A Little Blue Heron, just visible in the lower left corner, had the best view of the exposed bridge structure.

Long White Bridge
Long White Bridge

Access to the immediate area of the bridge is restricted for safety, limiting what you can see. Enlarge this close up for more detail on the condition and how the bridge was put together in the 1840s.

Long White Bridge
Detail of Long White Bridge

Amazingly, Magnolia Plantation & Gardens reports that no one heard or saw the tree that landed on the bridge come down.

“At 6:00 PM, the bridge was whole. At 8:00 PM, more than forty percent of the railing was in pieces and the structure was torqued in both the vertical and horizontal planes.”

View from the back side of the bridge, with a temporary structure for worker access. Remember, there are Alligators in this water!

Long White Bridge
Long White Bridge, Back Side

The next image is a similar view that I took in March.

Long White Bridge, March 2020
Long White Bridge, Back Side, March  16, 2020

This small replica of the bridge was the centerpiece of a display at the United States Botanic Garden in Washington DC for their 2019 Gardens Across America exhibit.

Replica of Long White Bridge
Replica of Long White Bridge

Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, Charleston, SC
July 30, 2020

Quotes from Magnolia Plantation & Gardens public email and Facebook page, July 31, 2020

My other photos of the  Long White Bridge

Long White Bridge, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

I’ve taken hundreds of pictures of the Long White Bridge at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens over the last five years. Even when there isn’t anything extra going on, like blooming azaleas, a Great Blue Heron hunting, or a perfect reflection–it just calls out to be photographed.  I took this image the last time I was there, July 3rd.

Long White Bridge
Long White Bridge, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC

On Tuesday this week a large tree on the left end of the bridge came down on the bridge. Fortunately, no one was hurt, but there was extensive damage to the structure. The bridge dates to the 1840s and plans are underway to rebuild promptly and exactly as it was.

My other photos of the  Long White Bridge

GBH at Long White Bridge

The azalea blooms have gone by but the Long White Bridge is still a big attraction at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. On a recent afternoon this Great Blue Heron and I had the view to ourselves.

Great Blue Heron at Long White Bridge
Great Blue Heron at Long White Bridge

The heron slowly waded around the perimeter, creating a small ripple in the water. There was just enough breeze to move the entire surface of the water so no mirror-like reflections this time.

Great Blue Heron at Long White Bridge
Great Blue Heron at Long White Bridge

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

The Long White Bridge April and June

A scene that includes the “Long White Bridge” at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is hard to pass up no matter how many times I’ve taken it.

Long White Bridge at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
Long White Bridge at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens – April 12
Sony Alpha 6500 with Sony 20mm lens, f 2.8

Neither of these shots, taken about eight weeks apart, have much for colorful flowers and there isn’t a bird in sight but the  reflections of the old trees in the still water intrigue me.

Long White Bridge at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
Long White Bridge at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens – June 4
Sony Alpha 6500 with Sony 18-105mm lens, at 18mm, f 16

Click on the images for a larger view.