Tag Archives: Colorful

White Ibis – Dark Swamp

Photographed in a spot that has been reclaimed by a swamp.

White Ibis - Dark Swamp
White Ibis – Dark Swamp

The last two years this has been dry and empty of anything except a passing hawk.

The water has flowed back this year and the first to move in have been White Ibis.

A few trips back there did provide additional images still to be finished. I have been trying to catch up in chronological order while waiting out the pandemic.

French Huguenot Church

In the 1680’s the Huguenot’s, Protestants, fled Catholic France as their rights were stripped by King Louis XIV. A group came to Charleston and founded this church in 1685. The first church was built and set the boundaries for the Charleston French Quarter. Today the quarter is one of the most popular tourist areas here.

The current building was completed in 1844.

French Huguenot Church
French Huguenot Church

The sanctuary is smaller than some of the other old churches in town, but to me this is probably the most beautiful.

French Huguenot Church
French Huguenot Church

Other than Sunday services visits are limited to a few days in the spring and fall. The only way I have been able to photograph this landmark is when I pass by and stumble on an open door day.

Inside – Out

The view from both sides.

The first taken from the second floor of the Nathaniel Russel House.

Inside - Out
Inside – Out

The view from the staircase, an old church yard.

Inside - Out
Inside – Out

Below is looking towards the window, from the grave yard of the First Scots Presbyterian Church, Meeting Street, Charleston .

Inside - Out
Inside – Out
Inside - Out
Inside – Out

The church yard was shot about a week after the Russel House.

 

A Quiet Corner, Cemetery

Exploring a new area.

A Quiet Corner, Cemetery
A Quiet Corner, Cemetery

There are many small corners I’ve never seen before in the Charleston (Magnolia) cemetery area.

A Quiet Corner, Cemetery
A Quiet Corner, Cemetery

I have finally found a decent map showing the different locations and cemeteries along this stretch of marsh. Most opened in the 1850’s when the church yards were filling, yellow fever appeared, and finally pressure from city government for changes.

A Quiet Corner, Cemetery
A Quiet Corner, Cemetery

A Visit To Shady Grove

Shady Grove is a United Methodist Campground church meeting grounds. Similar to the Cypress and Indian Field sights. However Shady Grove was founded after the Civil War in 1870. The others are older, from the late 1700’s.

As with other Methodist Campgrounds meetings (revivals) are still held each year.

A Visit To Shady Grove
A Visit To Shady Grove

Shady Grove is on land given to a group of newly freed African American slaves in exchange for help harvesting a rice plantation.

A Visit To Shady Grove
A Visit To Shady Grove

Shady Grove has a history of troubles. In 1958, 1969, and 1978 the buildings were destroyed by fire. In 1991 the camp was rebuilt and is now the largest of their kind.

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The Methodist Campgrounds have been the source for numerous articles here.

To view additional Campgrounds please click the ‘Tag’ below marked Camp. The articles will be displayed…enjoy it’s a fascinating trip.

 

Portrait Head Shot, Great Egret

This Egret was down low on a pine bough over the water. It made for the perfect back drop.

Portrait Head Shot, Great Egret
Portrait Head Shot, Great Egret

The empty back highlighted the green lore and yellow bill, even the flowing feathers.

Portrait Head Shot, Great Egret
Portrait Head Shot, Great Egret

I can’t remember the last time a Great Egret gave such a near perfect pose.

 

Headstone, Found On A Walk

This is one of the most unique headstones I have found.

A Victorian Ottoman, with pillow, grave stone.

Headstone, Found On A Walk
Headstone, Found On A Walk

I could not read the inscription of the slab craved within the pillow, however all the other Victorian designs I have found were from the late 1800’s.

Headstone, Found On A Walk
Headstone, Found On A Walk