Magnolia Plantation is one of the older plantations in the area, founded in 1676. The family who founded it also owned another plantation next door. It survived as a working plantation long past the Civil War, although the gardens were opened to visitors as an income source in 1870.
The gardens used to be English formal gardens, but the owner just before the Civil War converted them, at his wife's behest, to a much more informal and jungle-like look. We were there in February, so not too much was in bloom, but they must be quite lovely in the summer. The gardens are huge, including this pond and bridge, and almost completely surround the house for quite a distance.
The plantation is well worth a visit if you are in Charleston. The old slave quarters are still there and the tour was excellent; we also took a nature tour through the grounds, which included many alligators as well as a bald eagle. Finally, the house, though not the original house (which was burned by Sherman in the Civil War), has an interesting architecture and history.
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Noel_Byrne (21474) 2014-03-08 6:29
I'm glad he listened to his wife, this informal style of garden is much more beautiful in my opinion. Formal gardens are great of course, but they are very rigorous and often in the pursuit of symmetry, they lose the feel of it being a natural space. Not so here, as you say it looks like a jungle. Bar the bridge, which looks like something I could imagine in any Greco Roman garden! Interesting blend of styles and I love that composed the bridge on thirds too.
Thanks as always
ACL1978 (7467) 2014-03-08 6:54
Ah yes, I remember this bridge. I wish we'd had the time to actually take some of the tours; all we could do was wander the grounds, which were beautiful. I really like how the reflection of this bridge seems to have completely scattered it. Good light there that jumps out from the darker surroundings.
macjake (52962) 2014-03-08 7:35
good to see you and Andrew back on TE once again :)
Charelston eh? I've heard there are alot of ghosts in old building in this city!! Especially in one of the old jails or jailhouses...that would be high up on my list to experience!!
Well, this is much different than a jail, very peaceful qnd tranquil setting. It comes across well in the photo. As does the bright white surrounded by lots of greenery.
good story to go along with it too.
a fine TE posting.
williewhistler (12739) 2014-03-08 11:35
the white bridge and its reflection make a very good focal point amongst the surrounding vegetation.
Your interesting and informative notes are a nice bonus.
Best regards Les.
adramad (35663) 2014-03-08 17:46
A very beautiful image, which contribute to these wonderful reflections, which together with reality, dream up a photo, the bridge is an exquisite touch.
Perfect management of both luminosity and excellent sharpness.
Well done. I love the picture.
Enjoy the weekend.
abmdsudi (40240) 2014-03-09 7:49
This is nice, Roger. So peaceful nature beauty and abundant of water resource looks a fascinating place and you've created a quite intriguing version of it, nicely composed and beautifully framed by the trees. The stunning bridge serves a strong focal point, you've caught some great light, shadows, mirror reflections and colours. That young ali seems to like to hide from visitors I guess! Great timely shot, Congrats.
jcpix (11680) 2014-03-09 14:41
Great to see you back at it again, happy to have you around! A mesmerizing visual you've put together here, it took me a moment to really determine what's a reflection and what's not!? :) The white bridge sure stands out in high contrast against the marsh and sure makes for a wonderful focal point. Looks like quite a peaceful setting, and I'm sure a lot less maintenance than a traditional garden...I'd go this route as well. :) Enjoy the new week ahead. Take good care.
- Copyright: Roger Lipsett (rogerl) (1544)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-02-06
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature
- Camera: Nikon D5100, AF-S NIKKOR 35mm 1:1.8G
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/640 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-03-08 6:10