Saturday, July 27, 2013

Old Santee Canal State Park





Here are a few last shots from our visit to the swamp.  This little gator was sunning himself on a muddy bank.  We startled each other, and he ran down the bank and splashed into the water and swam under the boardwalk we were on.  So Wyle has seen her first alligator now.  I hope she saw it, anyway.  It moved so quickly!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

More Boardwalks from Old Santee Canal State Park




Here are a couple more boardwalk photos from Old Santee Canal State Park in Moncks Corner.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Boardwalks of Old Santee Canal Park



While I was back in South Carolina I paid a visit to Old Santee Canal Park, a place near and dear to my heart even if it gives me the heebie jeebies to walk on boardwalks only a foot or two off the swamp. I used to come here all the time as a teenager.  I would cut a trail through the woods from my house to this place, back when I was not so afraid of snakes and such.  Once here, I would run these boardwalks that crisscross the swamp where the nation's first canal was dug in the late 1700's.  It is a quiet place where you will see more alligators than people, as well as egrets and turtles and snakes.  Yes, there is a boardwalk through the marshy bits, but as you can see the plants nearly reclaim the trails and there is always the sense that the swamp is closing in on you.  It is both terrifying and thrilling.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Hibiscus


I love all the tropical plants that thrive in the lower part of the country, like this pink hibiscus.  It was on my parents' back patio and loving all that sun and rain.

Monday, July 8, 2013

New River Gorge


I have passed the visitor center for the New River Gorge National Park a few times now, on my travels to South Carolina.  This time, we decided to stop at this marvelous site located in West Virgina, and I urge you to stop, too, if you are nearby.  The view from the visitor's center was spectacular.  I took this shot from the deck there.  If it had not begun to pour rain (we were driving in the remnants of a tropical storm) we would have explored the trails to see what else we could see.  I am already looking forward to stopping here again someday - maybe for a weekend trip so we can more thoroughly explore.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Spiderwebs


Here are a few spiderweb photos I took back in May.  It is amazing how you can get such radically different looks based on your angle to the web, and the color of the background.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Star Trails Attempt


It is always fun to try something new, and on a whim during our trip to West Virginia, my friend and I sat outside one night and tried our hand at star trails photos.  I think this exposure was about 20 or 30 minutes, and I love the effect.  I can see that it would be best to try this with a foreground that is static - a rock or a building - as the trees in this are a little bit blurry.