Several scenes here taken in a few ACE Basin marshes the other day. Each photograph is a little different environment , yet all were shot within marshlands the same day.
Snowy Egret in an open cut and old rice field.
A large adult Alligator drifting through a pond with a deep cover of duck weed.
Tricolored Heron flying between stands of reeds and cane. The waters were covered by duck weed with open spots.
Great Egret moving along the edge of a tall dike. Older dikes are covered with growth on the sides hiding the fact they are really tall walls of dirt and mud. On each side is a large marsh fed with water from a series of trunks.
A few individual photographs of several locals in a marsh. All images were taken in the Donnelley wildlife area, ACE Basin, South Carolina.
Below a Great Blue Heron flew over the open water between a dike and the thick reeds. These reeds probably go back a mile before reaching another smaller dike.
Above, a Roseate Spoonbill perched over the sale marsh side of a dike. The salt area winds along to the shore, maybe 15 miles away.
Another Great Blue Heron, here close to the edge of a tree line. It’s hard to see but another dike is back there (the line of taller brush). This section is a giant series of walled off, dikes, rice fields and retaining ponds from many years ago.
Last the classic look of a Great Egret in flight. Tall marsh grass in the back is mixed with wild rice.
The actual grain of wild rice looks to be smaller than a wheat grain. Local Native Americans did harvest it, the yield was hardly worth the effort. The rice plantations here grew an Asian rice brought up from Barbados in the 1600’s. That rice was first introduced by the Portuguese in the 1500’s.