Tag Archives: South Carolina

Two Ponds, Two Alligators, Different Light

These two Alligators were swimming in different ponds, taken about an hour apart on a recent June morning.

Alligator
Alligator and small tree with reflection, 8:15 am

The bank where I was standing was much higher above the water in the second image, the sun was higher in the sky, and there was a remarkable difference in how the water appeared. The second Alligator was moving a little faster, too.

Alligator
Alligator behind grasses on bank, 9:15 am

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.

Flying Up The Ashley

A Great Egret was flying up the Ashley River, about 90 minutes before high tide.

Great Egret Flying Over Ashley River
Great Egret Flying Over Ashley River

The water just perceptibly flowing downstream; you might think it was a pond if you just saw this scene and had no other context.

Great Egret Flying Over Ashley River
Great Egret Flying Over Ashley River

The Egret went slowly on by, gracefully headed to an unknown destination upstream.

Great Egret Flying Over Ashley River
Great Egret Flying Over Ashley River

The Ashley is tidal most of the way to its origins in the swamps of western Berkeley County.

Spider in His Web

We are starting to see some spiders and big webs as we walk around the swamps. This web was several feet across with the fine gauge threads glistening in the sun.

Spider in a Web
Spider in a Web

I changed position but couldn’t  closer due an abundance of poison ivy, something else that is thriving this spring.

Spider in a Web
Spider in a Web

My next image was just a few seconds later but focused on a slightly different spot which resulted in a different glisten on the web and  background.

Spider in a Web
Spider in a Web

Triplet Windows

The windows on the end of the abandoned Boynton House at South Carolina’s Donnelley Wildlife Management Area intrigued me. Why three and interesting that they are lined up with the roof peak not centered in the room that appears to run front to back of the house.

Boynton House
Boynton House

The reflections in the windows of a tree trunk and other vegetation was an interesting play on light.

Boynton House
Boynton House

The windows facing front in the same room were a double set and appeared to be the same size.

Boynton House
Boynton House

Boynton House

Nature is working on reclaiming the Boynton House located in South Carolina’s Donnelley Wildlife Management Area.  Managed by SC Department of Natural Resources, the front lawn is kept roughly mowed as this is a parking area for one of the managed nature trails.

Boynton House
Boynton House guarded by a magnificent Live Oak

Once part of a thriving cattle farm the house was abandoned ages ago, and other than the occasional mowing is being left to rot.

Boynton House
Boynton House

This view of one end of the house shows the vegetation encroaching on the back of the building. The other end was completely covered with vines. I was standing in a sea of poison ivy to take this image and decided I didn’t need to see the back and retreated.

Boynton House
Boynton House

These images were taken at the end of April and by mid-summer I expect even less of the house will be visible.