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Congaree National Park, Big Tree Adventure

In early May I went on a combo boat – hiking trip with fifteen enthusiastic adventurers into the Congaree National Park, about 18 miles southeast of Columbia, the SC state capital.

Congaree River
Congaree River

After traveling up the winding Congaree River from the Bates Bridge Landing we went into the forest to see some amazingly large, and old, trees.

Congaree National Park
Congaree National Park

Very big trees!

Congaree National Park
Congaree National Park

Photography in the forest that shows the relative size is hampered by–the forest.

Congaree National Park
Congaree National Park, Cypress Knees Everywhere

We ate our lunch with a couple of the biggest, including this one.

Congaree National Park
Congaree National Park, Cypress Knees that were several feet tall

Much of the forest floor was muddy, and slippery. And yes I fell. Holding my camera high

Congaree National Park
Congaree National Park

From the park website (nps.gov/cong/index.htm)

Congaree National Park has the largest intact expanse of old growth bottomland hardwood forest remaining in the southeastern United States

May 4, 2022

A Waiting Stage, I’m Still Waiting

I walked by this stump recently when it was nicely lit by the late afternoon sun. I was reminded of a previous post, A Waiting Stage, and took a few images.

Tree Stump
Tree Stump

It was almost exactly a year later, and the biggest difference in the scene is more green moss now on the trunk. I also got a different angle with Palmetto fronds in the background.

Tree Stump
Tree Stump

There was still no wildlife taking advantage of the stage but I still think it is an attractive spot and will continue to keep my eye on it.

Tree Stump
Tree Stump

A Waiting Stage

I pass this tree stump often on my walks around Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. Someday there is going to be something sitting on it for me to photograph, well maybe.

Tree Stump
Tree Stump

In the meantime I’ll make do with the stump. It  reminded me of a waiting stage on this day with the sun giving it a full spotlight.

Tree Stump
Tree Stump

Nature provided some lovely decorations, including a single blade of grass, looking something like a candle.

Tree Stump
Tree Stump

Pause Under the Live Oaks

I often pass this line of Live Oak trees when visiting Magnolia Plantation and Gardens and have taken more than a few photographs, none of which really convey the feel of standing under the old trees.

I love the twisted branches, Spanish Moss, and all that green. Last week I stopped as I passed by to soak in the atmosphere and took a few more images.

Under the Spreading Live Oak Trees
Under the Spreading Live Oak Trees – click image for larger view

July 12, 2019

Tree Anhingas

On two recent afternoons several Anhingas gathered in this Cypress Tree on one of the rookery islands.

Anhinga
Anhingas in Cypress Tree

There were at least five Anhinga nests on the island this spring,  and probably more that I couldn’t see based on the activity. The two lower birds in the next image may be young from one of those nests.

Anhinga
Anhingas in Cypress Tree

A Little Blue Heron and two juvenile Great Blue Herons can also be seen in the wider view. Those two GBH had not fledged yet but sure were curious about the flights of other birds.

Anhinga
Anhingas in Cypress Tree