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.
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.
Another small series here of an Egret, making a free trip for the Anhinga.
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.
There are times out in the marshes you need to look up, things are happening right above you too.
As the water gets lower the animals get closer.
Perfect for a predator looking down.
They have a presence about them, and in flight are almost magical.
The deep sound of those big wings beating the air is an experience everyone should have.
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.
Typical wealthy old southern families had above ground burials since cemeteries were on old marshes and swamps.
Interesting fact is that for a long time headstones were carved in New England. They had brownstone, marble, and experienced carvers.
This particular site also uses the low carved stone wall type of site markers. Another common design.
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.
He was trying to keep away from everyone, me included.
Low spring waters and warmer weather has all the locals out getting the sun. It actually gets crowded in the best spots.
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.
Of course there are others that feel the same way about crowds looking to steal his spot.
I think this photograph sums up our day. It certainly wasn’t a day to be day dreaming.
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.
Breeding colors have arrived. Look at the colors around his eyes. Jade, or maybe turquoise.