There was a nice reflection of the water lily and the surrounding foliage, if a bit far out into the pond.
Another view of Water Lilies with the green highlighted path, this time with the front Lily in focus.
Fifth in a series of Water Lily images from the last week in April, 2020.
Newly leafed out trees were reflecting color into the pond, creating a path around the lilies.
Fourth in a series of Water Lily images from the last week in April, 2020.
This Lily outshines the rather ratty looking leaves around it.
Third in a series of Water Lily images from the last week in April, 2020.
Dappled sunlight highlighted this Water Lily, tucked in the corner of the pond.
Second in a series of Water Lily images from the last week in April, 2020.
I was delighted to find Water Lilies in bloom last week at a roadside pond.
Most of the flowers were clustered around the edges but a narrow strip of lily pads and one lone Lily have reached out into the middle of the pond.
Cypress Gardens, a 170 acre preserve in Monks Corner, was on our list of places to visit when we first visited South Carolina in January 2016. Unfortunately, it had been completely destroyed in October 2015 by the “thousand year flood.” Promises to reopen over the next three years were changed as setbacks to repairs came with Hurricane Matthew in 2016, Tropical Storm Irma in 2017 and the January snowstorm of 2018.
At long last Berkeley County has overcome the weather and bureaucratic delays, reopening the park in April. After giving them a few weeks to work out the kinks we’ve now had our first excursion there and fittingly, it started raining as we pulled into the parking lot.
Not deterred we started with a guided boat ride through the black water swamp to get a feel for the park layout. It was neat being down close to the water surface and another time I’d take the self-guided (paddle yourself in a small flat bottom boat) so I could stop where I wanted.
Plants are being allowed to come back on their own but the management actively is removing the thriving duck weed and creating compost from it.
We saw a few alligators including some under a year old, snakes and song birds. Hopefully wading birds and other wildlife will return as the landscape heals.
A few small islands throughout the swamp had cultivated flowers. I don’t know if these somehow survived all the weather events or have been recently planted.
Walking trails around the swamp and into the woods, a butterfly house, a combo aquarium/reptile center, and numerous gardens round out the attractions.
Nature at her finest.
When I first saw these flashes of white from the road I thought they were birds. It was a nice treat to find water lilies, even though I couldn’t get very close.
There was a small grouping of lilies closer to the dike that runs along the side of the pond.
A stiff breeze was flapping the lily pads out of the water in an open area where a single Cormorant was fishing.