Many times in the articles here I mention the Ashley River. I have added this quick photograph just as a point of reference.
The Ashley River is a blackwater / tidal river in South Carolina, rising from the Wassamassaw and Great Cypress Swamps in western Berkeley County. The river length is only 22 miles.
For the most part the banks of the river are marshes, until it reaches Charleston. Then it eventually joins the Cooper River and empties into Charleston Harbor.
Before reaching Charleston the river is home to an enormous amount of wildlife and is a critical habitat.
From our black and white site
Downtown Charleston, South Carolina, has a number of old church graveyards. The Circular Church contains many different styles of markers and is the oldest burial ground in the city.
About 500 markers remain, there are another 620 people in the church records who are here but the stones are gone.
Earliest unmarked grave: 1695
Earliest inscribed gravestone: 1729
Number of burials before 1776: 150
Number of burials for people who were born before 1800: 450
This location sunset is best at your back. All the interesting subjects are tied up for the night.
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In a deep swamp sun light is always filtered and reflections hide where land is, and water starts. Not a place to wander without trails or at least maps (don’t count on a cell phone).
The landscape is astounding, if a little foreboding.
Fascinating design…until you walk into it.
This church is probably the second most photographed spot in Charleston, the fountains are #1 by far.
The congregation was organized in 1681. That’s 95 years before the USA was founded. The original meetinghouse gave Charlestons Meeting Street it’s name.
For more information click here : Circular Church