A little research and I found this statue has a name ‘Little German Boy’. Considering the time frame of the headstones, places of birth, it fits.
The Bethany Cemetery was created when the old Lutheran one in Charleston suddenly was full due to a yellow fever epidemic.
Later on the actual site of the first cemetery was lost. In the 1930’s the church land was sold off in lots, fast forward to 1981 and graves were found during excavation. Later on 437 graves were relocated to Bethany.
This Tricolor is one of the first things I saw in the morning.
The bird is sitting on a wooden ‘trunk’, a very old method of moving water between marshes. They were first built by enslaved West Africans who used them in their homelands. Most today are the exact same style, a few metal, but most wood.
I walked by the Heron and he stayed there after I was long past. Light was getting better but the air is very warm and wet it still gives a haze long after the sun is up.
Note; the photographs here are finished with a matte type look. Because of the very humid haze the raw images already looked to be matte, so I went with it.