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Random Bonaventure Cemetery

Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah is older than Magnolia in Charleston. Only a few years, but enough to make a difference.

I had always wanted to visit Bonaventure since it’s always compared to Magnolia, and Magnolia was created based on the ideas started in Savannah.

The US civil war changed the path of Magnolia which was damaged and housed federal troops for a period of time. Bonaventure is much more structured and manicured.

Both are special and beautiful.

Random Bonaventure Cemetery
Random Bonaventure Cemetery
Random Bonaventure Cemetery
Random Bonaventure Cemetery
Random Bonaventure Cemetery
Random Bonaventure Cemetery

I think my preference is the unstructured, almost scattered, layout of Magnolia. That said, the wild flowers and long open lanes of Bonaventure are incredible.

Swamp, Dark, Damp Morning

A month ago this was jammed full of reeds and thick cattails. This swamp was losing what it had been for hundreds of years. An old pipe that helped move water finally clogged, it was plantation era though.

At what I’m sure was a significant cost a dredging project cleared the vegetation and returned this swamp to where it could again support water flow and wildlife.

The land is part of the old Magnolia Plantation properties and still family owned. Plantation grounds, further down a dirt road is open to the public. The swamp is not as big a tourist attraction, but this location was once a large rookery. Photographers are around here of course.

The land is referred to as the ‘Audubon’ swamp, and for a good reason. John J. Audubon was related to the family and visited this swamp, filled with Great Egrets, multiple times.

Swamp, Dark, Damp Morning
Swamp, Dark, Damp Morning

I walked a back trail here the other morning hoping to get some bright sun rise reflections on the newly open areas. These photos show how not so bright the morning was.

Swamp, Dark, Damp Morning
Swamp, Dark, Damp Morning

Even in the dull light this is still an incredible place to visit. It was empty except for me and few over head birds from another rookery down the road.

Swamp, Dark, Damp Morning
Swamp, Dark, Damp Morning

Several years ago this was a busy small heron rookery. I’m hoping they will return soon.

In An Old Charleston Home

There was no plan on these shots. They were taken while wandering through the house looking for my preferred wide landscape style shot.

In An Old Charleston Home
In An Old Charleston Home

I had photographed these rooms before which was why I passed by. What I hadn’t considered was how the ambient light had changed.

In An Old Charleston Home
In An Old Charleston Home
In An Old Charleston Home
In An Old Charleston Home

Charleston, South Carolina.