Category Archives: Black and White

Alligator Must Climb

Alligators are more flexible and capable than you would expect. I have seen one, multiple times, jump out of the water. I know, horrible thought but their powerful tails can push them up.

However, they can’t climb, way to bulky. Yet here he is…

Alligator Must Climb
Alligator Must Climb

I’ve seen them grab hold of a ramp with their claws and pull themselves up when the water is low. Never one this big, or heavy, though.

Too bad I missed that part.

In Strawberry Chapel, Black And White

I admit that up north history was an abstract concept for me (and many people). You may learn of the Boston tea Party, or Paul Revere but visually it’s a plaque between two skyscrapers.

In the Lowcountry you have early US history, starting in the 1600’s, and you can walk up see it. Not long ago we sat on the steps of a rural plantation porch in the delta. The same exact spot also shared with George Washington,  Marquis de La Fayette, and the ‘Swamp Fox’ Francis Marion. Click to view.

In Strawberry Chapel, Black And White

In Strawberry Chapel, Black And White
In Strawberry Chapel, Black And White

I first learned of Strawberry Chapel in 2016 from a group of local photographers that documented the history of the Lowcountry. Landmark sites like this but also to the smallest rural General Store that were still standing from the 1800’s. I was hooked. Finally September 2022 we were able to get past the old stone wall and visit the chapel.

Strawberry Chapel is a parochial chapel of ease in the lower part of St. John’s, Berkeley Parish in Berkeley County, South Carolina that was built in 1725. Click here for Wikipedia chapel details.

In Strawberry Chapel, Black And White
In Strawberry Chapel, Black And White

I believe sometime the in the mid 1800’s the prayer and wreath were added. They are made of small pine cone petals sewn together.

In Strawberry Chapel, Black And White
In Strawberry Chapel, Black And White
In Strawberry Chapel, Black And White
In Strawberry Chapel, Black And White

A restoration was just completed here. Over the years water damage happened, the walls were in need of a re-plaster (using the old methods), and windows were repaired. I’m sure 297 years has taken a toll.

In Strawberry Chapel, Black And White
In Strawberry Chapel, Black And White

There will be a service and baptism here next month. Usually there are four dates a year the chapel opens. This is the only complete Chapel of Ease I have seen, others were ruins. It’s a National Landmark with private owners dating back to it’s creation.

Strawberry Chapel, Childsbury, South Carolina.

Receiving Tomb

This is something I had only seen once before, in an old town cemetery in New England. I know of 3 in the Lowcountry.

A receiving tomb is a temporary shelter to hold the deceased until burial. Having no refrigeration brick structures, partly underground, hold the bodies until burial.

Most times this was used while family and friends came from distances. Here it could a day or more to arrive from Charleston, 20 miles away.

Receiving Tomb
Receiving Tomb

Known receiving tombs in the Lowcountry ;

  1. Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston
  2. Bethany Cemetery, Charleston
  3. Strawberry Chapel, Berkeley County

 

Young Wood Stork

A juvenile Wood Stork found near a trunk (water gate).

Young Wood Stork
Young Wood Stork

Due to the birds light coloring, and the distance he was from the background, the shot works well in a monochrome.

Everything is so ‘busy’ here getting an image with decent definition can be hard.

 

Chapel Of Ease, Strawberry

This chapel of ease, on Strawberry Bluff, was built in 1725. The parish church, Biggins, was too far for the planters to attend services. Only a single church was allowed in the Anglican parish, however they could allow a chapel with limited functions such as baptisms and marriages.

Chapel Of Ease, Strawberry
Chapel Of Ease, Strawberry

At various times Strawberry was both a chapel and church. The parish church Biggins burned in a forest fire, was rebuilt and burned again by the British troops during the revolution, finally ruined during the Civil War.

Each time Biggins was damaged Strawberry became the temporary parish church.

Chapel Of Ease, Strawberry
Chapel Of Ease, Strawberry

Four communion services are held annually which visitors may attend. Strawberry Chapel and its burial grounds are on private property and not open to the public.

Strawberry Chapel Of Ease, 1725

Finally Ellen and I got past the old stone fence. The chapel and it’s grounds are only open a few times each year.

Strawberry Chapel Of Ease, 1725
Strawberry Chapel Of Ease, 1725

This is privately owned and maintained by the same families that were here when it was built. Repairs and restorations had just been finished, however little has changed since the original chapel was opened.

We have plenty of work to do developing the photographs from yesterday. As usual I did want to published a black and white format photograph.