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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.

 

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.

 

Memory Of Louis DeSaussure – 1779

From the wall plaque with the window.

Memory Of Louis DeSaussure - 1779
Memory Of Louis DeSaussure – 1779

In Memory Of Louis DeSaussure

Native of Beaufort district, an officer of 3rd Regiment South Carolina in the Continental Service during the war of the revolution.

Wounded 9th Day, October, 1779 on the British lines at Savannah. Died a few days after.

Age 31, interred in the cemetery of this church.

Many of the early churches in Charleston have old plaques placed by family members and parishioners. Some names are locally known, some are signers of the US Constitution, Declaration of Independence, or other founding fathers.

A walk around town is a history lesson. While locked down I can’t help thinking perhaps if some of our current administration had wandered around here things might have turned out a bit different.

 

Sound Of Flight, Wood Storks

The other day I heard a sound, maybe my favorite, that I had not heard for much too long. The giant wings of a Wood Stork as they climb to fly.  The marshes are quiet and that sound is unique.

Sound Of Flight, Wood Storks
Sound Of Flight, Wood Storks

We walked out of the woods to the marsh edge, a flock of Storks watched, but made no mad scramble to escape.

One by one they made the choice to move away. The 6 foot (1.8 meter) wings just lift them in the air  and they slowly moved off.

Sound Of Flight, Wood Storks
Sound Of Flight, Wood Storks

We were no threat to them so they came down a short distance up the marsh. Others stayed giving us time to shoot and follow along with them as they fed in the dry cane.

Sound Of Flight, Wood Storks
Sound Of Flight, Wood Storks

This is a place with few people, many times none. And we were double lucky, there were a few old energy bars in the glove box for lunch.

This ‘social distancing’ works for me.

 

Road Block, Wood Storks

OK, road is a bit of a stretch. However there are old tire ruts down the center of this dike. Large marshes are on either side and the Dept. Natural Resources will drive down here to check water levels at times.

Road Block, Wood Storks
Road Block, Wood Storks
Road Block, Wood Storks
Road Block, Wood Storks

The photograph above is what we saw as we came out of the woods. The Storks were settled out in the open napping.

Road Block, Wood Storks
Road Block, Wood Storks

Of course they spotted us.

Road Block, Wood Storks
Road Block, Wood Storks

We had intended to pass through here. The Storks were already here and settled, so they win.

A few more steps forward to get better range with the long lens was as far as we walked. A change of plan and a walk back where we started.

Road Block, Wood Storks
Road Block, Wood Storks

 

Keep Out Of Their Path, Pelican

This is a good angle to catch just what an ‘eating machine’ a group like this can be.

Keep Out Of Their Path, Pelican
Keep Out Of Their Path, Pelican

It’s an organized line, all slowly moving forward…big pouches open.

Keep Out Of Their Path, Pelican
Keep Out Of Their Path, Pelican

I am pretty amazed at these shoots. The Pelican were at the perfect distance, moving at a perfect speed.

Keep Out Of Their Path, Pelican
Keep Out Of Their Path, Pelican

How often does that happen!