Ashley River Marsh, South Carolina - Click To Enlarge

Ashley River Marsh, South Carolina

Most of the photographs here are wildlife, closeup, and with luck a little background for perspective. Here are several ‘high and wide’ shots of a local marsh for a better point of view. Much of our work is around here or in the adjascent swamps.

Ashley River Marsh, South Carolina - Click To Enlarge
Ashley River Marsh, South Carolina – Click To Enlarge

Beginning in the late 1700’s plantations were built on the higher ground along this river. Rice was the primary crop. In the image above some of the canals can still be seen.

Ashley River Marsh, South Carolina - Click To Enlarge
Ashley River Marsh, South Carolina – Click To Enlarge

After the US civil war these plantations were close to ruins (physically or financially) and the crop was now phosphate. Used for fertilizer, the mud and sediment was manually mined and sold. Nasty job!

Ashley River Marsh, South Carolina - Click To Enlarge
Ashley River Marsh, South Carolina – Click To Enlarge

And now there is a different crop. Many of the original families are still here and the farms and plantation houses mine the ‘tourist’ dollars. Events, weddings, anything needing a special venue is available. Beautiful places too.

Ashley River Marsh, South Carolina - Click To Enlarge
Ashley River Marsh, South Carolina – Click To Enlarge

One of the best parts for us is the land conservation and preservation. The South Carolina low country is wet and filled with wildlife. Every ‘alphabet’ group, private or federal, is involved in maintaining this unique environment (opinions vary of course, but I’m from ‘away’ and have seen the other side). Parts of this area is close to the same as 100 years ago.

Each plantation will offer a few public trails, and if you don’t mind the muck, smell, bugs, and critters there are plenty of side places to explore. Be careful and always have a cell phone. Things start to look the same after a few hours, especially in a thick wet section. Google maps !

 

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