A Camelia Tree of many colors at Mepkin Abbey, Moncks Corner, South Carolina.
This handsome Thursday gate is from Brookgreen Gardens. The two Great Danes above were designed by Anna Hyatt Huntington in 1929 and carved from granite by Robert Bailie.
It is a beautiful, massive piece, and as you can see from the bottom shot of the decorations, in the center is B G for Brookgreen Gardens. There are three animals on each side, except one is missing. I tried to find a photo online where I could determine what it was, but I wasn’t successful.
There is a nice walking path and view from either side of the gate – massive live oaks or Youth Taming the Wild sculpture carved from limestone in 1927.
Last Saturday, I went there with friends to a lecture entitled “From slave to soldier to freedom.” We spent a wonderful hour with Gilbert Walker Jr. who is an Artist Blacksmith from Savannah, Georgia. He shared many interesting facts about Gullah Geechee Heritage and the creation of these beautiful black iron pieces of art.
The week before, we visited the story quilt and fabric collages in the Lowcountry display, “Shine On, Gullah, Shine On.”
The Gullah Geechee people were originally brought to this area as slaves from Western Africa because of their experience in growing rice. Brookgreen Gardens was originally four rice plantations that were combined by the Huntington family so their link to this property is deeply rooted.
February is African American History month so it was perfect timing to visit and learn more about the Gullah Geechee contribution to the area history.
Brookgreen Gardens admission tickets are valid for seven consecutive days which allows you to come and go to see or hear what peaks your interest. It is a beautiful and serene environment and will definitely require more than one visit to see it all. Wear good walking shoes and charge your phone or camera batteries. 🙂
Linked to Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors, February 23, 2017.
- “Gilbert Walker Jr. spent 20 years as a Savannah police officer before moving to the Chatham County District Attorney’s officer as an investigator in 2009. But just as important is his role as a blacksmith, a skill he has pursued since 2004. Walker, the descendant of Gullah people along the coast, considers blacksmithing a dying art among blacks and one he wants to preserve. “
- “Growing up in Savannah, as a descendant of the Gullah people along the coast, I tell their story through art as I force my will onto the elements. My business is based on the life and history of the Gullah people of the southeast. My great-grandfather served in the Civil War, and I thought it was a great idea to connect with my history and I began doing reenactments … and I got into that sort of storytelling and reenacting.
- “Through research, he found a lot of slaves were “imported” for blacksmithing. In Africa, blacksmiths are revered. … They made weapons and tools … and took ore and other elements to manipulate the earth itself and form it into what they wanted — it was magical.”
Wood carvings depicting the Flight from Egypt and the Crucifixion were done by David Drake using fallen live oaks from Hurricane Hugo in 1989. These beautiful sculptures are located at Mepkin Abbey, Moncks Corner, South Carolina.
A friend told us about a congregation of them that roost nearby, and if you get there at dusk, you can watch them fly in.
We drove through once and didn’t see a thing. She gave me more definitive directions, which is always good since I’m directionally challenged, and we tried it again. We’ve been back twice.
Because it is a private community with a prominent sign, there isn’t a parking area or a welcome mat. My husband drove slowly, and I walked next to the car trying to get a good shot. I found this to be very difficult because I just wanted to watch the entire process because it was so amazing.
The road is even with the middle to upper parts of the trees. To get a really good shot a person would need access to one of the private, locked gates leading to a full flight of steps down to the docks at water level – in my photography dreams maybe.
There are hundreds of these graceful birds flying in and picking the perfect branch for their overnight stay. They’d fly off if I got too close, and the trees certainly haven’t been trimmed to assist amateur photographers but left natural for the birds.
I went through two nights of photographs hoping for one that would really show how many birds are there, but no such luck. I think I may need to go back. 🙂
All I can say is it is a sight to behold if you love Mother Nature and her cast of amazing characters.
Measurements for both sexes
Length: 22-26 in, 56-66 cm
Wingspan: 39.4 in, 100 cm
Weight: 13.1 oz, 370 g
While visiting South Carolina, I’ve stopped at several antique stores. In one, I found this Brownie Kodak Hawkeye Flash Model camera. It made me smile. My Grandmother had one, and it was the first camera I ever used.
From visiting sites on the internet, I have been able to determine that this model was produced from 1949 to 1961. Based upon the code printed on the inside, this particular camera was produced in March of 1952.
The cost of the camera was $5.50, the pin and screw flash attachment would have been an additional $7.00, and it used 620 film.
I own four cameras and a phone that is basically my go-to-camera. I certainly didn’t pay $12.50 for any of them. 🙂
Do I want to go back to these days? Not really, but I do enjoy the trip down memory lane and thinking about how far photography has advanced. I love taking lots of photos and then being able to review them for the best one at no additional cost.
I certainly remember the days of film developing and waiting for the call that the photos were ready for pickup. I could never wait to leave the store before opening up the little booklet to see if I’d captured anything.
The blogging community depends upon instant digital photography. We snap, choose, edit, and upload in a matter of minutes if not seconds.
Why did I pay $14 for this old camera? Memories. You just can’t put a price on good memories. 🙂
Last week, we went on a road trip with NH friends who have been wintering in SC for over ten years. Let me tell you – they know all the good spots. 🙂
It is a small fishing village with a population around 500, and the Camelias were in bloom everywhere we looked.
After walking the Santee Coastal Reserve, we worked up an appetite and found their local restaurant, T. W. Graham & Company Seafood, sitting under a big old Oak tree. Think charm, music, and home-made pecan pie.
Have you ever eaten fried crayfish? Me neither, but my friend said they were delicious. 🙂 Iced tea is the beverage of choice down here, and sweet or unsweetened is the question with every meal.
After a nice lunch, we decided to check out the local church, historic cemetery, and Deerhead Oak, the oldest tree I’ve ever seen. Just think about it – over 1,000 years old.
If you are in the area, it’s a great road trip to get a feel for historic SC. 🙂
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“The village of McClellanville was established in the 1860s when A.J. McClellan and R.T. Morrison, local plantation owners, made land available for development. The region that surrounds this sleepy nautical community was originally incorporated in 1706 as part of the St. James-Santee Parish. It was a coastal retreat from the heat for the rice and indigo planters and home to a vibrant fishing, oystering, crabbing and shrimping way of life. It survived the devastating effects of a Category Four storm in Hurricane Hugo in 1989. And for this village, the storm was a game changer.
But with the incredible resolve of this tight-knit community, McClellanville is now host to the Lowcountry’s annual Shrimp Festival and Blessing of the Fleet in May, a growing clamming operation, a remarkable “soft-crab nursery” at Livingston’s Seafood and a popular seafood restaurant called T.W. Graham & Co.”
,,,,,,Written by D. Schipani and taken from a 2013 Charleston Scene article