Old cemeteries are not laid out, all in rows, like the modern designs.
For me that means in different nooks and crannies new items are all around.
While Charleston was trying to recover, and rebuild, from the Civil War damage a new disaster hit. August 31st, 1886 one of the largest earthquakes on record almost destroyed the town. Above is part of an old, and broken, monolith marking a victim of the quake.
Near the first grave site above was a series of stones, all close and tight with each other. Henriette Wildhagen (above) would have lived in town when the quake struck.
This cemetery allows you to see connections between the different people, and families, that lived in Charleston over the centuries.
You can follow from the original founders of the US, through wars, natural disasters, even several pandemics on a walk here.
The other day I carried a second camera. I wanted to take a few random shots from different dikes and marshes as we walked.
One particular dike has at least 5-6 trunks running through it feeding several old rice fields. Getting open shots is easier by a trunk, less reeds and grasses.
In the above, the tree line on the left is the next dike to the one I’m standing on. This gives a good perspective of how large some are. The tree line is maybe 1+ miles away.
Here is the beginning of a dike trail, it ends by the tree line in the second image above. Marsh is on either side. The left side is where I shot numerous Spoonbills and Pelican several months ago.
As I walked the sun was covered by clouds, but just a few drops of rain. Of course it was just at freezing making it less than comfortable. The wooden structure in the distance is another trunk on a dike across from the trail.
Last is yet another dike and trunk. The ultimate source of water in these shots are the ACE Basin rivers flowing into the nearby St. Helena sound on the Atlantic.
The Ashepoo, Combahee and Edisto (ACE) Basin is one of the largest undeveloped estuaries along the Atlantic Coast of the United States. The marshes are approximately 350,000 acres.
She worked this scene perfectly. The Yellow-rumped Warbler like all small birds is quick to escape people.
This female sat, and posed, on the knee of a Bald Cypress long enough for me to know I had taken too many shots.
Cypress trees have roots that grow up out of the ground/water. They are great for small birds, and tripping photographers.
You can see in these images this spot had plenty of the knees growing upwards.
Everybody who comes here with any frequency has had an embarrassing moment. Me, I dropped a Canon 100-400 L lens straight down during a ‘trip’. Not a complete disaster, it still works. I will never get the filter off though.