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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

Garden Pond Reflections

This is the same garden pond taken the same day as yesterday’s Sepia Pond post. Taken from different angles towards the water and a quarter way round the pond, the reflections were much different.

Garden Pond with White Bridge and Statue
Garden Pond with White Bridge and Statue

Crossing over the white bridge leads to a path that runs along the side of the rice field canal and eventually all the way around the impoundment.

Garden Pond with White Bridge
Garden Pond with White Bridge, Statue is behind the Spanish Moss

Pond Changes

This little pond doesn’t get much attention at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, probably because it isn’t lined with flowers like some of the others. I always liked to stop by looking for turtles and wading birds that found it attractive.

Staff cleared years’ worth of fallen trees and limbs from the water and tidied the edges last fall. This made for a great reflection , but I haven’t seen much in the way of wildlife there since.

Pond at Magnolia Plantation
Pond at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

April 12, 2018.

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.

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.

Great Blue Heron Chicks

The chicks have started to hatch and what a sight! These photographs are highly cropped and not the best quality due to the distance and small size of the chicks. Based on activity I have seen and other photographers’ observations these two might be three or four days old. Photos as they grow should be better!

A nest closer to the walk way also has two chicks that I could see. That pair was younger and much smaller so the photos I took may not amount to anything; I started with the best first.

The adult seemed content to bask in the late day sun as the little ones bounced around the nest. I am looking forward to documenting their growth.

Magnolia Plantation, Charleston, SC.