Category Archives: What I Saw

There Be Pirates Here

Charleston has a long history with pirates, and pirate tales of course.

The town jail had cells for pirates, and a place to…you know.

The town was attacked by the famous pirate Black Beard. Well, I think he really sat with his ship in the harbor and blackmailed the merchants into paying.

There Be Pirates Here
There Be Pirates Here

And here we have the famous courtyard where terms of payment were made, pirates came here when in the harbor, and other forms of wicked pirate stuff was done.

Now it’s a house not a tavern, with a famous backyard, and tons of tourist peeking down the alley.

That’s the story and they’re sticking to it.

Slow Motion Egret

Slow Motion Egret
Slow Motion Egret

Another small series here of an Egret, making a free trip for the Anhinga.

Slow Motion Egret
Slow Motion Egret

These sticks and materials are diligently brought to the nest, and stolen at the first opportunity by Anhinga.

In fairness it’s hard to feel sorry for the Great Egrets. Both birds will steal and attack each other when they have the advantage.

KInda like politics.

Slow Motion Egret
Slow Motion Egret

Old Site In Magnolia Cemetery

Within Magnolia Cemetery there are many old sections, some in tight together. Family sites are marked inside of rusting wrought iron fences, or parts of them.

Old Site In Magnolia Cemetery
Old Site In Magnolia Cemetery

Typical wealthy old southern families had above ground burials since cemeteries were on old marshes and swamps.

Old Site In Magnolia Cemetery
Old Site In Magnolia Cemetery

Interesting fact is that for a long time headstones were carved in New England. They had brownstone, marble, and experienced carvers.

Old Site In Magnolia Cemetery
Old Site In Magnolia Cemetery

This particular site also uses the low carved stone wall type of site markers. Another common design.

Old Site In Magnolia Cemetery
Old Site In Magnolia Cemetery

There is so much to see and photograph here that I have started to pick just a small group, or fenced site, and concentrate on more details within.

Away From The Crowds, Alligator

He was trying to keep away from everyone, me included.

Away From The Crowds, Alligator
Away From The Crowds, Alligator

Low spring waters and warmer weather has all the locals out getting the sun. It actually gets crowded in the best spots.

Away From The Crowds, Alligator
Away From The Crowds, Alligator

This one opted for a sun patch closer to a dike road, but less competition.

Besides this is one of the smaller Alligators over here. So he has less problems when alone.

Away From The Crowds, Alligator
Away From The Crowds, Alligator

Of course there are others that feel the same way about crowds looking to steal his spot.

Rocket Went By, Anhinga

Their speed will surprise you every time. This one flew my entire field of vision without a single wing movement. The momentum was already there.

Rocket Went By, Anhinga
Rocket Went By, Anhinga

Breeding colors have arrived. Look at the colors around his eyes. Jade, or maybe turquoise.

Rocket Went By, Anhinga
Rocket Went By, Anhinga

Impressive show.

Rocket Went By, Anhinga
Rocket Went By, Anhinga