Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
August 16, 2020
I’ve taken hundreds of images of reeds similar to these that are along the edges the various rice field impoundments I frequent, with and without insects, birds and lizards. This image from July shows a line of the tree-like structures of the seed heads and dragonfly.
Earlier this week this stalk caught my eye, the strands somehow stuck together. It reminds me of the Dritz tracing wheel used in sewing to transfer pattern markings. Or the long fingered wheel of a hay rake.
I passed by a number of creatures moving about in the greenery on a recent walk. First a Carolina Anole balancing on a frond.
Then a grasshopper checking out a dried cattail reed.
And a Tree Frog, just hanging on.
I spotted all three of these fungi just a few yards (meters) apart from the boardwalk crossing a swamp.
The first one struck me as a great spot for a bird or insect to perch although I don’t know how securely it is attached to the tree and no obliging subjects came along to test it out.
The next one was much more delicate, and also could serve as a perch but I suspect it wouldn’t hold up to much weight.
This final group was on a tree facing the one just above, looking like auditorium seating for a performance.
The marsh grasses are full and bright in the middle of August. Bird activity is minimal, breeding is mostly done for the year, juveniles are fending for themselves, and the summer heat is keeping the wildlife tucked in.
The Anglican Church established “chapels of ease” throughout rural South Carolina in the 1700s for members to attend services close to home.
Fire, in this case natural, brought an end to this chapel on St. Helena Island, just off Beaufort.
Historical preservation organizations are fighting a battle against the natural elements and some human interference to preserve these buildings.
The massive live oaks on this property stand like guards over the building but may ultimately contribute to the chapel’s demise.
Flocks of Brown Pelicans provided a spectacular end of day show at Folly Beach on Monday.
A steady parade of small groups flew over the dunes.
The sunset fizzled out as the orb disappeared into a heavy bank of clouds at the horizon.
I took these pictures and wrote this post last summer, but was never satisfied with my text. Tonight, as a curfew has been imposed by our county and there is unrest all around us, it seems appropriate to remember these leaders.
The Williamsburg County Courthouse in Kingstree, SC was built on a Revolutionary War era parade ground. In addition to the courthouse, which was built in 1823, and various war memorials, there are monuments commemorating Justice Thurgood Marshall and Dr. Martin Luther King.
A civil rights attorney, Thurgood Marshall succeeded in having the US Supreme Court declare segregated public schools unconstitutional in Brown v. Board of Education (1954) and in 1967 became the first black Justice on that Court.
“I did the best I could with what I had.”
Dr. Martin Luther King spoke locally on Mother’s Day, 1966, advocating the power of voting.
“Unless we learn to live together as brothers
Surely we will die apart as fools.”
A few days after I posted Magnolia Plantation Cupola, River Side I was in the same place with a similar sky and a shorter lens on my camera.
Without much contrasting color to break up all that green I processed these images with a vintage photo look.
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
For a view of the other side of the house see my post from November 2019: Magnolia Plantation, the House