Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Audubon Swamp Garden, Charleston, South Carolina, USA

Audubon Swamp Garden is a 60-acre cypress and tupelo swamp adjacent to Magnolia Plantation near Charleston, South Carolina. At one time, the swamp served as a reservoir for the plantation's rice cultivation. Today, the swamp garden includes native flora but also non-native, exotic plantings and is home to herons, ibis, turtles, otters, alligators, and other wildlife.

The swamp garden is named for the ornithologist and artist John James Audubon, who visited the plantation before the Civil War and is said to have collected waterfowl specimens there as models for his paintings.

The frog sculpture pays (or plays?) homage to swamp music as performed by him and other swamp critters.

Tupelo trees growing out of the swamp.  They are one of the few trees that can grow directly in water.

Amy hiding under her portable duck blind looking for wood ducks.

Talk about environmental sensitivity, Audubon Society avoided cutting these three trees down for the boardwalk construction.

A baseball team of  turtles (nine of them) - aptly named "sliders."

Amy relocating her portable duck blind.

And what South Carolina blog post could be truly complete without Spanish moss  (Tillandsia usneoides) draping a southern live oak (Quercus virginiana) .

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