The Ashley River flows down to Charleston and joins several other rivers to form the peninsula that surrounds the city. Both sides of the Ashley here are marshlands.
This small river is known for being the ‘highway’ for several of the largest, and oldest, southern plantations. The plantations predate the US.
This Green Heron is sitting in an old plantation rice field on the Ashley. Rice, rather than cotton, was actually the big crop.
This field, like the past, is raised and lowered based on the river and tides. Charleston Harbor is not that far and the river here is tidal.
Old rice fields are now part of the migratory bird path as well as home to one of the largest and most diverse wildlife habitats in the US.