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Fences Between Neighbors

Many of the borders of family plots in older sections of Charleston’s Magnolia Cemetery are marked by decorative metal fences. The styles are as varied as the families must have been and all are in some state of decay.

This fence with a Lyre and Star motif is particularly intricate. Sadly a large chunk of it is gone.

Lyre and Star Fence
Lyre and Star Fence

The cemetery is dotted with centuries old Live Oaks and giant Magnolias that take a toll on the fences and stone work below with every big storm that passes over Charleston.

Lyre and Star Fence Gate
Lyre and Star Fence Gate

From the cemetery’s website:

Magnolia Cemetery first opened in 1850. It is on the land of a former rice plantation. The property was designed during a new rural cemetery movement that crossed from Europe to America in the mid-19th century. With lovingly landscaped paths and ponds, trees and green space, Charlestonians would come to Magnolia to picnic and play, as well as visit lost loved ones.

Aside from status, the fences may have been a way to protect a wealthy family’s plot from the picnickers. The cemetery occupies over 130 acres at the edge of a marsh on the Cooper river and it remains a beautiful spot to visit.

Lyre and Star Fence
Lyre and Star Fence

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Pond Reflections

We changed our plan on Friday and I’m so glad we did. We were going to walk the dike around the old rice fields but after seeing the Great Blue Herons starting to nest on Thursday we headed to the rookery first.

The light was spectacular and the pond was as still as glass.

Pond Reflections
Pond Reflections – view from the corner where you first arrive

There was some bird activity but the landscape opportunities were what got my attention.

Pond Reflections
Pond Reflections with Great Blue Heron Flying Low

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Taken with the Sony Alpha 6500, 18-105 Lens, Processed in Lightroom and NIK Color FX Pro 4.

Great Blue Herons Are Back

A small number of Great Blue Herons have returned to our area and started working on finding a mate and a nest, not necessarily in that order. The view-able nests from last year are reduced to just a few twigs and are going to require a lot of nestoration to make them able to hold eggs.

Nesting Tree
Nesting Tree and Island, with at least eight Great Blue Herons

Below is the long side of the pond to the left of the scene above. This afternoon the light was ideal and the water was still for a reflection shot. We’ll be returning here often to photograph the Great Blues work on their homes and families.

Trees Reflecting in the Pond
Trees Reflecting in the Pond

This is about three weeks before we saw this same activity last winter. It seems early and hopefully the coming January cold will not push the herons to abandon their nests.

Little Blue Heron Studying

This Little Blue Heron was very intent on looking in the water for food along the edge of the canal. He had a small white patch on his chest that stands out like a badge, likely the final remnant of his juvenile coloration.

Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron

Waiting and watching, the Little Blues are a study in patience.

Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron

He probed the water a couple of times but I didn’t see him catch anything.

Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron

After awhile he moved a little deeper into the water. He eventually turned his back on me and I moved on.

Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron