Tag Archives: South Carolina

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.

Egret, Not A Great Spot To Be

A Great Egret was wandering along the edge of this swamp island. No doubt there was plenty of small things to catch and eat here.

Egret, Not A Great Spot To Be
Egret, Not A Great Spot To Be

The bad news here is what we don’t see. The biggest Alligators here all rest in this island. Any time I walk by and take the time to study the tangled growth I find multiple ‘big guys’.

Egret, Not A Great Spot To Be
Egret, Not A Great Spot To Be

This day there wasn’t any incident.

Heron On A Dike Road

The colors on this shot came out much more vivid than I had expected, or any other shots taken that day. Not sure why, but I’ll take it.

For around one month, each year, this dike road is open to cars. The rest of the year the entrances are blocked by metal cattle gates. The dike may be fragile if too many motorized vehicles drive it. This is fairly far out in the ‘Willy Woggs’, fixing ruts may be just too much out here.

Heron On A Dike Road
Heron On A Dike Road

There was more rain than usual, so the road closed early and often.

At least we were able to get back here a few times before it was shut down again.

 

History In Black And White

Constructed 1751 – 1761.

History In Black And White
History In Black And White

Tiffany and Company stained glass windows.

History In Black And White
History In Black And White

The oldest surviving church in Charleston.

History In Black And White
History In Black And White

National Historic Register.

History In Black And White
History In Black And White
History In Black And White
History In Black And White
History In Black And White
History In Black And White

St. Michael’s, Meeting Street, Charleston.

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.