Water was flowing quickly between the old rice fields and the Ashley River. The Snowy was taking advantage of anything that was swept by.
A ‘Trunk’ is a water gate. The same principal has been used to control the flows here for centuries. It’s simple, a wooden door in a frame, and effective.
A Great Blue Heron was standing not 10 feet away, but hidden behind reeds. I had no shot.
It’s assumed the implementation of water trunks in the lowcountry was brought here by the original planters from Barbados. The slaves were from West Africa originally where trunks were common in rice fields.