Category Archives: Shooting A Grand Old House

Bedon-Lucas High House

Built around the 1820’s this is an example of a Lowcountry ‘High House’. There are not many left around here.

Bedon-Lucas High House
Bedon-Lucas High House

The idea is simple, all through the Lowcountry it is wet and damp. As a planters house the owners knew the value of getting above the ground. In the early 1800’s this would have been a significant expense.

Bedon-Lucas High House
Bedon-Lucas High House

The home has been complete renovated and is now a historic site in Walterboro, South Carolina. The town is just outside Charleston and a place we like to explore on a quiet Sunday morning.

An Old Friend, Peacock

He is another sure sign of spring. No dancing the other day, but he did yell at me.

And his colors are extremely vivid now.

An Old Friend, Peacock
An Old Friend, Peacock
An Old Friend, Peacock
An Old Friend, Peacock

He also knows how to play for the camera.

The plantation opens to the tourist in another hour so this is last minute practice.

Garden By The Ashley, South Carolina

Taken at Middleton Plantation, Charleston, South Carolina.

Garden By The Ashley, South Carolina
Garden By The Ashley, South Carolina

A far corner of the formal gardens. This backs up to retaining ponds, old rice fields, and the Ashley River.

I have forgotten the details of the statue seen here. However it was one of several that were removed and buried on the property as the northern army moved towards Charleston in the US Civil War.

Our Most Famous Cat

So, I was on line the other day, just digging around, and a photograph of an old friend popped up on  MrsSmithTravels  .

Our Most Famous Cat
Our Most Famous Cat

I had just visited with him the day before, and took these shots.

There are actually three cats, but the others stay inside away from people.

Our Most Famous Cat
Our Most Famous Cat

These were taken as Ellen was down in the barn yard conversing with the sheep and sheep-master. They are waiting for new arrivals, which should be almost immediately.

After that I know where to find Ellen.

Middleton Plantation, Charleston, South Carolina.

Middleton, Checking For Spring

These are a few random photographs taken a few days ago while at the Middleton Plantation.

They are part of the ‘juggling act’ of trying to capture the blooming azaleas and avoid any large crowds.

Middleton, Checking For Spring
Middleton, Checking For Spring

Above is the original chapel looking over a retaining pond.

Middleton, Checking For Spring
Middleton, Checking For Spring

A back view of the south side of the house.

Middleton, Checking For Spring
Middleton, Checking For Spring
Middleton, Checking For Spring
Middleton, Checking For Spring

The two above are different views of the mill.

Middleton, Checking For Spring
Middleton, Checking For Spring

This final view is the end of a retaining pond behind the old house. Look close along the closer waters edge, two Alligators napping.

To sum things up; always a nice walk when alone, flowers just not ready. Another quick trip in the near future, which is also closer to Easter weekend. I can assure you I will not be milling around the weekend.

 

Formal Garden Continued

Several additional images from a walk the other day.

Formal Garden
Formal Garden

Above, in the background you can see the Ashley River leading down to Charleston.

Formal Garden
Formal Garden

We return here first because it’s nearby, easy and a pretty walk. But also they flowers will bloom all at once. Tourist will too.

Formal Garden
Formal Garden

We hope to get here as the colors appear and before the crowds. Even in a pandemic I think they will show up. I want to pass through, shoot, and get out.

Middleton Plantation gardens.