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Tricolored Heron Breakfast

It was another one of those mornings when the sun stubbornly stayed behind a bank of low clouds.

Tricolored Heron in Reeds
Tricolored Heron in Reeds

So the light wasn’t great but I was surrounded by wading birds. This Tricolored Heron was working on acquiring breakfast.

Tricolored Heron in Reeds
Tricolored Heron in Reeds

Stealthily and slowly he worked his way into the open water.

Tricolored Heron with Breakfast
Tricolored Heron with Breakfast

And was rewarded with a very small morsel.

Tricolored Heron with Breakfast
Tricolored Heron with Breakfast

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

A Spoonbill and an Ibis

No, they didn’t meet in a bar.

Roseate Spoonbill and Glossy Ibis
Roseate Spoonbill and Glossy Ibis

And when they did meet nothing happened, not even a glance.

Roseate Spoonbill and Glossy Ibis
Roseate Spoonbill and Glossy Ibis

They were just passing by.

Roseate Spoonbill and Glossy Ibis
Roseate Spoonbill and Glossy Ibis

In a couple of minutes they had both wandered to the left, searching the mud for lunch.

Roseate Spoonbill and Glossy Ibis
Roseate Spoonbill and Glossy Ibis, Snowy Egret and Tricolored Heron in background

Lodge Pond, Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
August 16, 2020

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

Patrolling the Pond

Alligators take casual swims around this pond, often looking for a sunny spot to get out of the water. After some heavy rains they have less places to choose.

Alligator Patrolling Pond
Alligator Patrolling Pond

I liked the mottled reflections of the trees in the pond, dissected by the passing Alligator.

Alligator Patrolling Pond
Alligator Patrolling Pond

Lines and more lines of an Alligator, a dead branch, lots of vegetation and all of their reflections.

Alligator Patrolling Pond
Alligator Patrolling Pond