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Unexpected, A First, Satellite Launches

This is beyond the best viewed large suggestion. It’s tiny, and a long (long) ways off. It’s the only way to view this shot.

Last night we were out on an uninhabited  barrier island.

When suddenly…

Unexpected, A First, Satellite Launches
Unexpected, A First, Satellite Launches

The SpaceX launch came into view.

At first I though the ship had dropped booster rockets. More came so this was when the rocket was releasing the payload of new satellites. A bit later there was a smaller second release.

Wrong lens, wrong settings, perfect spot. We were out in the ocean to avoid ‘light pollution’ for milky way and star photography.

Ribbon Snake

Even though he was right out in the open I walked straight to him. Being thin, and the lines, had me thinking it was a stick. They aren’t very big, maybe 3 feet (1 meter).

Ribbon Snake
Ribbon Snake

There were boot heel prints in the dusty sand here, you can see how thin they are.

Ribbon Snake
Ribbon Snake

Above is the trail we found him on. This trail is on an old wide dike. On the right is the Ashley River, the left a plantation marsh once rice fields. Viewed large you will see a trunk down the trail to let the water flow into the fields from the river. The river has been moving water back and forth on this spot for centuries. This is part of a plantations back property.

Ribbon Snake
Ribbon Snake

Here is another look at the Ribbon Snake stretched over the trail.

Again for perspective he is laying over tracks of a small ATV that has passed over the dike recently inspecting the area.

Taken on rice fields owned by Magnolia Plantation, Charleston.

In Strawberry Chapel, Black And White

I admit that up north history was an abstract concept for me (and many people). You may learn of the Boston tea Party, or Paul Revere but visually it’s a plaque between two skyscrapers.

In the Lowcountry you have early US history, starting in the 1600’s, and you can walk up see it. Not long ago we sat on the steps of a rural plantation porch in the delta. The same exact spot also shared with George Washington,  Marquis de La Fayette, and the ‘Swamp Fox’ Francis Marion. Click to view.

In Strawberry Chapel, Black And White

In Strawberry Chapel, Black And White
In Strawberry Chapel, Black And White

I first learned of Strawberry Chapel in 2016 from a group of local photographers that documented the history of the Lowcountry. Landmark sites like this but also to the smallest rural General Store that were still standing from the 1800’s. I was hooked. Finally September 2022 we were able to get past the old stone wall and visit the chapel.

Strawberry Chapel is a parochial chapel of ease in the lower part of St. John’s, Berkeley Parish in Berkeley County, South Carolina that was built in 1725. Click here for Wikipedia chapel details.

In Strawberry Chapel, Black And White
In Strawberry Chapel, Black And White

I believe sometime the in the mid 1800’s the prayer and wreath were added. They are made of small pine cone petals sewn together.

In Strawberry Chapel, Black And White
In Strawberry Chapel, Black And White
In Strawberry Chapel, Black And White
In Strawberry Chapel, Black And White

A restoration was just completed here. Over the years water damage happened, the walls were in need of a re-plaster (using the old methods), and windows were repaired. I’m sure 297 years has taken a toll.

In Strawberry Chapel, Black And White
In Strawberry Chapel, Black And White

There will be a service and baptism here next month. Usually there are four dates a year the chapel opens. This is the only complete Chapel of Ease I have seen, others were ruins. It’s a National Landmark with private owners dating back to it’s creation.

Strawberry Chapel, Childsbury, South Carolina.

Morning Duck Weed And Alligators

Out here there are some days you know they are around, just not sure where. Others days you almost get run over by a ‘School Bus’ with a scaly tail. Most are somewhere in between.

This was an in between morning. Lots of them to be seen all around the edges.

Morning Duck Weed And Alligators
Morning Duck Weed And Alligators

Above a mid sized local slowly passed us by. No rush, it was his house.

Morning Duck Weed And Alligators
Morning Duck Weed And Alligators

Going out to a dike we hit a small gathering. Only the closest was obviously watching us, you can be sure though the other two were also. Not like they had anything else to do.

Morning Duck Weed And Alligators
Morning Duck Weed And Alligators

This last one was in shallow water, he might have even been standing right there. Even though it was dark I could clearly see the Alligators Scute’s (bony plates on their back). Maybe the layer of duck weed helped LOL.

No magazine covers here but worth viewing large if you have any interest in these critters.

For me this is really what wildlife photography is all about. Well, I do like big white birds too.

Tall Grass And Tall Birds

Fall grass and reeds reached their peak height about now. Looking out over the marshes doesn’t give you an appreciation though until you have something in the shot for perspective.

Throw in a full grown adult Great Blue, at around 5 feet (1.5 meters), now it’s impressive.

Tall Grass And Tall Birds
Tall Grass And Tall Birds
Tall Grass And Tall Birds
Tall Grass And Tall Birds

I can tell you, when inside these marshes a person will see absolutely nothing around them.

Tall Grass And Tall Birds
Tall Grass And Tall Birds

Maybe that’s why you usually see the herons along the edges. They don’t want to wander in there either.