This first photograph was about the time we were trying to decided if we should stay or go. A summer storm was rumbling around and the marsh is miles of open flats.
The few trees here were occupied and they had not left, which is a good sign. When everybody leaves it’s time to follow their lead.
A large dike separates the open marshes, the one above was actually a rice field in the 1800’s.
Below is a road that runs on top of the dike. A few trees have grown and the sides are all high grass now. On either side of this road is open marsh, the first 2 shots were taken from right here.
On either side of the dike, when you can see through the tall grass, there is usually something happening.
Because the dike (dirt road) separates the different marshlands activity is not just along the banks. Below a fairly large Alligator walked over the road moving from one marsh pond to another. The sides of the road have many trails leading down to the water. Alligators have been using them for hundreds of years.
The final image was taken from the dike leaving the marshes. This 4 mile (6.4 km) road leads back to the ‘real world’.
Always have a camera ready when heading out though.
Note: these are scenes from Donnelley WMA, South Carolina. The Alligator shot was from a previous day, but I wanted one on the dirt road and none walked by the day the other images were taken.