Being a ‘northerner,’ rice fields were not something I ever spent much time thinking or learning about. My loss.
At Brookgreen Gardens, they are a large part of the gardens’ history. Brookgreen’s 9,100 acres was originally composed of four rice fields that date back to the 1800’s when rice was a very important cash crop.
On a nice day last week, a couple of us hiked the rice field paths.
We also saw some interesting lichens. I’m definitely not knowledgeable about lichens in South Carolina. I can share that lichens are composed of a fungus, algae, and most likely a yeast that need an undisturbed area, time, and fresh air to thrive.
When I was trying unsuccessfully to identify these lichens, I saw this comment: “Lichens are the Marines of the botanical world. They are the first organisms to go where nothing else dares.” 🙂
We are all captivated by a beautiful flower like this pretty magnolia blossom.
Most times there is also beauty to be found in the surrounding areas ‘if’ we look for it.
I need to remind myself of that periodically.
The first couple of years we came south in the winter, we saw Snowy White Egrets almost everywhere we looked. Now, we see very few. I’m guessing they have moved to other roosting sites.
On our rice field hike, we saw one, but my iPhone camera certainly didn’t do him justice.
Have a great week, and Happy Valentine’s day! ❤️ I’m thinking chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, then again I think that most days. 🙂