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Visit With An Old Friend

There are 3 cats living at the farm in Middleton Plantation. You only ever see the ‘prince’ though.

Visit With An Old Friend - click to enlarge
Visit With An Old Friend – click to enlarge

He moves around between the barns and work shops but always finds a place to perch in full view.

Visit With An Old Friend - click to enlarge
Visit With An Old Friend – click to enlarge
Visit With An Old Friend - click to enlarge
Visit With An Old Friend – click to enlarge

This is also about as active as I have ever seen.

Visit With An Old Friend - click to enlarge
Visit With An Old Friend – click to enlarge

He does get his ear scratched fairly often too.

1741 Gardens

This is one of several ponds that make up what is thought to be the oldest landscaped garden in the US. Middleton Plantation Gardens.

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1741 Gardens – click to enlarge

The design around the main plantation grounds was based on the classic style used around Vaux-le-Vicomte and the Palace of Versailles in France. At one time there were over 100,000 azalea plants.

1741 Gardens - click to enlarge
1741 Gardens – click to enlarge

In the mid 1700’s Charleston was the most wealthy city in the 13 colonies. The rice fields were miles  in size. The 2 most sought after commodities were Sea Isle Cotton (extinct) and Carolina Rice.

From My Childhood

On the side of a building in Charleston I spied this small door and had instant recognition. A coal chute.

From My Childhood - click to enlarge
From My Childhood – click to enlarge

In NYC where I grew up all the tenements had these. The ‘super’ kept the boilers running with coal. A big truck would pull up in the street, a chute placed across the sidewalk, and coal poured into the basements.

I have given this not a single thought in (many) decades. But here it was on a side street in Charleston SC.

Cool.

College Of Charleston, Sepia

The College Of Charleston combines the old southern charm with a traditional college campus. The mixture makes for one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in a city known for its elegance.

College Of Charleston, Sepia - click to enlarge
College Of Charleston, Sepia – click to enlarge

The school was closed for break helping me to capture scenes without the hustle of most days.

College Of Charleston, Sepia - click to enlarge
College Of Charleston, Sepia – click to enlarge

Enough students were around to keep the college flavor though.

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College Of Charleston, Sepia – click to enlarge

Founded in 1770, before the revolutionary war, this is one of the oldest educational institutions in the US.

The founders of the college include three signers of the Declaration of Independence (Edward Rutledge, Arthur Middleton and Thomas Heyward) and three signers of the United States Constitution (John Rutledge, Charles Pinckney and Charles Cotesworth Pinckney).

 

They Were Here First, Alligator

It doesn’t take them long to move in. This garden is maintained to blend with it’s natural environment. And Alligators are part of that.

Going Back To Nature, Alligator - click to enlarge
Going Back To Nature, Alligator – click to enlarge

Besides, they were here first and no plans of leaving.

Going Back To Nature, Alligator - click to enlarge
Going Back To Nature, Alligator – click to enlarge