For me a house and location like this is best done in any B&W or monochrome style.
This house was grand in it’s day. It still is, but time has taken it’s toll. Ownership remained the same after the US Civil War, however the wealth was gone. The building slowly decayed, and the Hurricanes hitting the Charleston peninsula did not help. Today the home is maintained to conserve the house as it is now. Damage and all.
This has a little more contrast than my usual the light needed it.
I don’t think converting the lamp to electricity hurt the beauty at all.
Magnolia Cemetery was the first true cemetery in Charleston. Tradition was still strong to be buried in your church grave yard. Elsewhere cemeteries with opulent head stones and mausoleum where popular.
The well known and wealthy citizens of Charleston supported the cemetery, but not enough to be buried there.
The US Civil War was a great equalizer. At the end of the war Charleston, once the wealthiest city in the US, had lost all it’s riches.
Soldiers and sailors were buried here then, and soon after much of the city was joining them.
OK, this is an article with a large number of photographs. Don’t let that put you off, it’s a funny and interesting story. He really was a ‘pushy bugger’.
The following images are in order of our ‘encounter’. And really it started like any other, nothing special.
Below is PB (pushy bugger) and he was floating close to the bank in the corner of this swamp. He was pushing around in the weeds catching whatever his nose bumped into. Typically young gator feeding and he looked to be a couple of years old.
I took a few shots and stepped to the edge.
So, PB turned and look, a surprise. His tail had been hidden and based on that curve my age guess was a little off, by at least 2 years. Still at around 4 feet (1.3 meters) I knew by standing above him on the bank I looked huge to him.
Above he turned some more, looked at me, and moved his head around fishing. You can see the water he has pushed around.
He put on a little speed and slipped right in front of me, the shot above looking straight down. I did notice he really wasn’t swimming either. His legs were long enough to touch bottom. Perhaps another miscalculation?
About now PB was facing me, almost on the swamp bank, doing what Alligators will do. Stare up at you and float around. However, his foot was not supposed to be reaching out… toward me and the bank.
The moment of truth. I’m not new at this. Apparently neither is he.
At this point my camera can only get the top of his head in focus, and I’m staring down through the view finder…not really looking. No good perspective.
He is staring (as you can see) up into the viewfinder. I want the shot, he wants my space. For the shot… he’s coming and I’m staying.
We both shifted at about the same time. He brushed past, I turned to keep him in focus.
As you can clearly see, he was completely intimidated by me.
So concerned he turned his back on me as he almost stepped on my toes. LOL
My new friend PB took perhaps 3 or 4 steps and found the sunny spot he wanted in the first place. He dropped right down to warm up. Alligators do love their sun.
We were both winners. He found a great sun spot, no one to bother him. I got a a nice series, and kept my toes.
An important part of documenting the old jail prior to renovations was to capture the building, from the outside, and it’s old brick and stucco facade.
The outside must be completely repaired and covered to pass any inspections. The history will be lost.
What you can’t see is the details of the handmade bricks. Some very sad details. Slave labor made much of the bricks used. Children worked the kilns and their small fingers imprints, from touching the hot brick, can still be found.
Old hand wrought bars and fittings may remain in a few places, but modern safety laws will mostly have there removed, and discarded.
I walk around here and still surprised that there actually where people who managed an escape.
When people were placed here, even for a short time, I don’t know how they survived never mind escape.
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Note; The old Charleston Jail is being renovated to be used for commercial purposes. A small group was invited to visit and photograph the historical site before it is gone. This is part of that project.