Category Archives: What I Saw

Found On A Walk – Color

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.

Found On A Walk - Color
Found On A Walk – Color

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.

Found On A Walk - Color
Found On A Walk – Color

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.

 

Thousands Upon Thousands

I say thousands, but that is conservative.

Thousands Upon Thousands
Thousands Upon Thousands

Marshes over 10 miles apart had the same numbers.

Thousands Upon Thousands
Thousands Upon Thousands

This was one spot, shot wide, and they were all around, behind, and over us. Tree Swallows.

Best viewed large.

Thousands Upon Thousands
Thousands Upon Thousands

ACE Basin, South Carolina.

From A Dike

The other day I carried a second camera. I wanted to take a few random shots from different dikes and marshes as we walked.

From A Dike
From A Dike

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.

From A Dike
From A Dike

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.

From A Dike
From A Dike

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.

From A Dike
From A Dike

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.

From A Dike
From A Dike

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.

Why we have a lot of Alligators, just sayin.

 

 

Virginia, South Carolina

I had initially been under the impression Soldiers Ground would be graves for South Carolinians only. Most likely because of the years  the dead were buried here.

Virginia, South Carolina
Virginia, South Carolina

That is not true. Many of the stones list the unit served and home state. There are also northern troops, though not many, in the surrounding areas.

Found on a walk.

Note; yes that is a confederate battle flag, banned in most places, especially South Carolina. Because this is private property I do see some. However, most flags here are the old State flags.

Butter Butt, On A Knee

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.

Butter Butt, On A Knee
Butter Butt, On A Knee
Butter Butt, On A Knee
Butter Butt, On A Knee

Cypress trees have roots that grow up out of the ground/water. They are great for small birds, and tripping photographers.

Butter Butt, On A Knee
Butter Butt, On A Knee
Butter Butt, On A Knee
Butter Butt, On A Knee

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.