Rice Fields And Marshes - Click To Enlarge

Rice Fields And Marshes

Along the South Carolina lowcountry hundreds of miles of marsh and old rice fields are connected by a system of water gates called ‘trunks’. ACE Basin alone is 140,000 acres.

Rice Fields And Marshes - Click To Enlarge
Rice Fields And Marshes – Click To Enlarge

Wooden trunks (above) are opened and closed to control flooding as well as wildlife conservation. This is the same system used since the 1700’s.

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Rice Fields And Marshes – Click To Enlarge

It’s surprising how many large open areas of water there are. Yet most are connected through marsh land canals.

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Rice Fields And Marshes – Click To Enlarge

Afternoon storms roll in quickly but most of the time are gone just as fast.

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Rice Fields And Marshes – Click To Enlarge

The views and wildlife here are actually easier to access than I had expected. A few main roads lead into this area. Each has a ‘box’ for people to sign in. When you leave you simply sign out. I have no idea if anyone looks at them, but I somehow feel safer.

The ‘trunks’ and their dikes are large in many places. The photograph above shows a set of trucks, on a dike. You can also see dirt tracks and roads run along the tops of dikes.

Except for an occasional Alligator sleeping in the middle of a trail photography here is about as good as it gets.

 

 

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