Sundown makes everything pretty.
While out exploring new places in the South Carolina area we made a stop at the Clemson University gardens.
Much of the flowers have gone by, but there were still enough to draw in Butterfly’s.
A rain shower, and it being the end of the day, limited what we could see, but these images (a few more to finish) give an idea of what was there.
This is another example of what you can find when out exploring. The Cross Keys House.
This is the plantation house in Cross Keys, South Carolina. It is named for the carved inscription on either chimney, with the building date of 1814.
During the US Civil War after the fall of Richmond VA, the Confederate capital, Jefferson Davis (president CSA) and his cabinet rest here while heading further south.
We found this site by accident. A quick ‘U turn’ brought us right back to photograph the building. There was no entrance allowed and it was locked.
The Cross Keys House is listed on the US national register of historical sites.
I took this shot across a marsh, the photograph itself taken a little wide. I wanted to catch the entire scene, and any interaction that might happen between these two.
The Heron walked past the Egret and postured in the ‘ready for anything’ stance.
An adult Great Egret will choose to keep away from the larger Heron, this one was no exception.
I think the Heron was considering chasing the Egret, but since the bird didn’t move he thought better of it and continued on.
Funny, but after the Great Blue walked by I thought the Egret was going to sneak up on him. He certainly looked to be considering it.
Going by one of the barrier islands off coastal South Carolina.
Not a bad place to live. Makes you quickly forget the tropical heat because we think it’s an easy trade off.
About as far away from anywhere you could expect to find a beautiful wild flower.
In the exact opposite direction is a mile of wide open marshlands.
Yet, here it is.
Whenever a Roseate Spoonbill starts with the neck scratches it makes a great series of photographs.
They bend around and get a really ‘goofy’ look.
It’s almost like a smile.
You can’t help but love these guys.
I want to say Black-eyed Susan, but might not be.
A fence and flowers, how could you go wrong.