Posts Tagged ‘Wildlife Refuge’

Go with the Flow on Edisto

May 1, 2015

Sugar and I are at the Ernest F. Hollings ACE Basin Wildlife Refuge on Edisto. We’ve been to Edisto a few times to go to the Presbyterian Church’s graveyard (of course), the museum (they sell books!), and the Lawton-Seabrook Cemetery (we have a grave disease). We’ve made a special trip today to go to the wildlife refuge. 

I’m using both the digital camera and the iPhone camera. I’m very new to using an iPhone camera, but I won’t bore you with all the photos of the ground. I’m puzzled as to why some iPhone photos have crisp, true colors, but others look grayed down. These last few blog posts have been experiments in blogging. I start the post on the phone, inserting the photos, then go to the laptop and add the digital photos from the camera. It’s a whole new skill set. 

Today, these photos are all from the iPhone. Tomorrow will probably be a mix. 

Now, more randomness. 

   
                 

No, No, No: At Edisto

April 29, 2015

Sugar and I are at the ACE Basin Wildlife Refuge on Edisto Island, and we’ve seen our first alligator. We strolled on and looked at other waterways, and trees, and birds, and such, and we’re headed back in the direction we came from, when we see that the tour group of school children led by the park ranger have spotted the alligator.

Amazingly, there were no screams. These must be local kids.

Some of the children had cameras and iPads, and were taking photos excitedly, but if I were that age, I think I might have been doing some squealing.

Alligators are not uncommon around here. Even in some of the resort areas in the gated communities on the golf courses, you’ll hear or see about alligators sunning on the greens or lounging in the retention ponds or water hazards. Sometimes they snap up small dogs or other small animals. Recently (last year maybe?) an older man was retrieving his ball from the water, and when he reached into the water, an alligator removed the man’s hand.

Alligators were here first.

Our alligator grew tired of the attention from the children and slid away until all we could see was the top of his head.

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So onward past him to another area.

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Here’s another canal, and you can see a bridge crossing it at the far end. We walk to your right along the right side of this canal. There’s another area of the former rice fields that is just out of sight on your right. Guess what’s down in the wetland…

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The bridge that you saw in an earlier photo crossing the canal? Here it is – it leads back to the house.

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Good grief. What’s he spotted now? I hope it’s just a pretty leaf floating on the water.

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Slow Go on Edisto

April 28, 2015

Sugar and I are at the ACE Basin Wildlife Refuge on Edisto Island.

SugarSpotter just spotted an alligator, maybe 40 feet away. Thirty feet? I don’t know. But sufficiently far away enough, down in the wetlands in a former rice field.

I couldn’t find his head clearly, until I loaded the images on the computer, enlarged them, and applied a little Paint magic.

The area that we’re standing on, I believe now, is referred to as part of the dike. It’s wide and flat and solid ground, enough to drive a vehicle on. Y’all already saw how far apart the rice trunk gates are.

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This gator didn’t move. After a sufficient number of photos, we walked on towards the wetlands.

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Using the zoom feature on the camera, I shoot a heron on the far side, fishing along the bank.

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One of the best parts of today was this:

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Slow Edisto

April 27, 2015

We’re on Edisto Island at the Ernest F. Hollingsworth ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge. And we’ve spotted a rice trunk.

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There’s an excellent resource here about the history of rice planting in the area. The resource mentions the rice trunks, which is essentially a device to control the flow and height of water in the field, which is so important in rice production. From what I can gather, there are four basic components in the topography: fields, canals, trunks, and dikes.

In the photo below, you can see the control gates on the left and right. There’s a storyboard coming up later with illustrations as to how this system works.

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The gate on the left…

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And on the right… (Sugar is added for scale and local color.)

Then the wetlands beyond. Sugar is off to the right in the photo below, and he was starting to do the “impatient dance”, like a child that needs to interrupt. He kept calling me, but I kept taking photos, because today was a photo-experiment-day, taking photos with both the digital camera and the iPhone. Then he said a word that got my attention…

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The word was “Gator”.

Oh, no, you did not…