Snowy Egret At The Trunk - Click To Enlarge

Snowy Egret At The Trunk

Water was flowing quickly between the old rice fields and the Ashley River. The Snowy was taking advantage of anything that was swept by.

Snowy Egret At The Trunk - Click To Enlarge
Snowy Egret At The Trunk – Click To Enlarge

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.

Snowy Egret At The Trunk - Click To Enlarge
Snowy Egret At The Trunk – Click To Enlarge

A Great Blue Heron was standing not 10 feet away, but hidden behind reeds. I had no shot.

Snowy Egret At The Trunk - Click To Enlarge
Snowy Egret At The Trunk – Click To Enlarge

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.

 

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