Category Archives: This and That

Ribbon Snake, Overhead

So, I found out they can climb…fast.

This 3 foot ( 1 meter) Ribbon Snake was heading directly for my back door. If he made it to the patio he would easily get lost or protected by all the big potted plants. He was hunting the frogs, lizards, and toads we have that keep the insects away.

Of course I chased him, with a small broom to scare him.

Well, he bit the broom then climbed the tree right in my face. Snake won the day.

Ribbon Snake, Overhead
Ribbon Snake, Overhead

While not a big tree, it’s tall enough to be a real tree.

Of course Ellen came out with her camera after I called. He sat and waited. We took these.

Ribbon Snake, Overhead
Ribbon Snake, Overhead

Eventually he came down and I walked behind him ‘guiding’ him back to the woods.

Ribbon Snakes are common, not toxic like others we have, and he was here first. We have a truce with the local critters.

 

Prince Williams Parish 1757 (Sheldon) In Sepia

The ruins of the Anglican Prince Williams Parish, 1757

Prince Williams Parish 1757 (Sheldon) In Sepia
Prince Williams Parish 1757 (Sheldon) In Sepia
Prince Williams Parish 1757 (Sheldon) In Sepia
Prince Williams Parish 1757 (Sheldon) In Sepia

In 1779 the church was burned by the English army during the US Revolutionary War. It was rebuilt only to be damaged in 1866 during the Civil War. Traditional history has another fire. However a letter dated 1866 has the damaged church ‘torn apart’ and used to repair homes burned by the Federal Army. Whatever happened… as usual fire was involved.

Prince Williams Parish 1757 (Sheldon) In Sepia
Prince Williams Parish 1757 (Sheldon) In Sepia

Plantation owners, notably the Bull family of nearby Sheldon Plantation, provided funds to support the parish. The Bull family members are buried (above) in the old church yard.

Prince Williams Parish 1757 (Sheldon) In Sepia
Prince Williams Parish 1757 (Sheldon) In Sepia

The area is called the Sheldon Ruins based on the nearby plantation.

Prince Williams Parish 1757 (Sheldon) In Sepia
Prince Williams Parish 1757 (Sheldon) In Sepia

Yamasee, South Carolina.

Cemetery Rust And Ruin

Not long ago the iron fencing and stone curbs were all intact. This family site, the prominent Aiken’s, was first built in 1856.

I am hoping some type of repair work is done. This is fairly well known and of historical importance.  But so are many other places in the Victorian section of the cemetery.

Cemetery Rust And Ruin
Cemetery Rust And Ruin
Cemetery Rust And Ruin
Cemetery Rust And Ruin

Above, erected ‘by a friend’, a mason, in 1870.

Cemetery Rust And Ruin
Cemetery Rust And Ruin

The Harral Children (1839-1855), are buried with the prone lamb statue. The first three children were first buried in a Charleston church yard but moved here to be with the family. Church yards were full, so the start of a cemetery began.

Cemetery Rust And Ruin
Cemetery Rust And Ruin

The last photograph is a tall obelisk that like so many here had just one too many storms.

There is a lot of beauty and history here in this rust and ruin.

Old Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, South Carolina.

Galleries In Town

When in the Charleston French Quarter I make a point of looking at the old buildings now turned into galleries.

Galleries In Town
Galleries In Town

The art, and buildings are beautiful, and very photogenic.

Galleries In Town
Galleries In Town

The Anglin Smith gallery always places interesting pieces at eye level through the old front doors. Some day I might dig and find all the photographs I have taken with different pieces right through these doors.

Charleston, South Carolina.