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At The Top Of The Stairs

At The Top Of The Stairs - click to enlarge
At The Top Of The Stairs – click to enlarge

Charleston, South Carolina city jail. 1802 thru 1939.

At The Top Of The Stairs - click to enlarge
At The Top Of The Stairs – click to enlarge

It also served as the city asylum.

At The Top Of The Stairs - click to enlarge
At The Top Of The Stairs – click to enlarge

The last of the 18th century pirates were held and executed here.

At The Top Of The Stairs - click to enlarge
At The Top Of The Stairs – click to enlarge

“If you have a message you want to send to hell, give it to me, and I’ll carry it!” ; Lavinia Fisher on the gallows at the Charleston jail.

Grove Plantation (2)

Grove Plantation, in Adams Run, South Carolina was begun with a land grant in 1694. The land, and buildings, changed hands 9 times before the US Civil War. This was very unusual since most plantations remained in the same family for generations.

Grove Plantation (2) - click to enlarge
Grove Plantation (2) – click to enlarge

The main house (above) was built in 1828. It is one of a very few antebellum plantations not burned by the Union Army.

Prior to the Civil War this plantation was merged with nearby  Pine Plantation making this a large land holding. It was (still is) remote from the centers of commerce. At one point the Grove Plantation also ran schooners between Charleston and the rural plantations as a business.

Grove Plantation (2) - click to enlarge
Grove Plantation (2) – click to enlarge

Now the plantation connects to a state road with a private 2 mile dirt road.

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Grove Plantation (2) – click to enlarge
Grove Plantation (2) - click to enlarge
Grove Plantation (2) – click to enlarge

Like most plantations roads lead to the back of the build.

Grove Plantation (2) - click to enlarge
Grove Plantation (2) – click to enlarge

South Carolina did what most US states could not. They created a huge Nature Conservancy and partnership with public and private lands. Grove Plantation borders this but is owned by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The wildlife management area has 23 boat launches in 350,000 acres (1,400 km) here.

Design Of An Open Staircase

Architecture you would never build today. Most likely the cost would exceed the rest of the home.

Design Of An Open Staircase - click to enlarge
Design Of An Open Staircase – click to enlarge

I don’t shoot many scenes like these but I did love this staircase. So much so I have several other angles and finishes in progress.

When shooting this it is not possible to have the entire room in the photograph. Even wide lens (like this) will not work in the limited space. However, for me a unique feature like this I can work with.

 

Swallowtail Butterfly

I am committing the sin of creating this on my IPad. I have given up the idea of finding a keyboard case that fits, or works, so articles like this are subject to the whims the ‘machine lords’. I am convinced my device does its best to embarrass me. An apology in advance.

Swallowtail Butterfly - click to enlarge
Swallowtail Butterfly – click to enlarge

As usual the exact name of the species escapes me.

Swallowtail Butterfly - click to enlarge
Swallowtail Butterfly – click to enlarge

As we have hit the Lowcountry tropical heat and storm season most of us have limited time or strength out and about. Now when a critter makes an appearance we will jump at the chance for an easy shot.

Hence the Butterfly….

Swallowtail Butterfly - click to enlarge
Swallowtail Butterfly – click to enlarge

Grove Plantation (1)

I did not plan on visiting this old plantation building, the marshes here were the goal. I knew it was impressive, but it was much more than expected.

Grove Plantation is not your tourist destination. It is beautifully maintained, but it is the admin offices for the National Park Services, ACE Basin. That’s great since this lands abuts to all the state ACE Basin land.

Grove Plantation (1) - click to enlarge
Grove Plantation (1) – click to enlarge

The building is one of a handful of plantations not burned during the civil war. Maybe being far away from just about everything helped.

There is a long and interesting history here. I will try get a few high level facts to include with the balance of the photographs to be published.

 

 

Roseate Spoonbill Landing

This was taken while a flock of Spoonbills moved back and forth over an open water pond. They didn’t want to be in the marsh and they they couldn’t make up their minds where to settle.

Roseate Spoonbill Landing - click to enlarge
Roseate Spoonbill Landing – click to enlarge

I found a spot where I could catch them as they moved around.

This is the second year I was lucky enough to be around the large marshes when they were low. Getting a place to shoot close and safe is very unusual.

Bright And Colorful

Another place I have wanted to photograph for awhile now.

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Bright And Colorful – click to enlarge

In rural South Carolina there are places that don’t have a large store nearby. Places like this, out in the country, have filled that need for years.

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Bright And Colorful – click to enlarge

Roads have moved out further so these stores are becoming a thing of the past.

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Bright And Colorful – click to enlarge

I finally remembered to slow down at the right spot.