I returned to Charleston in early April for the annual bloom of the Azaleas at the Magnolia Plantation. Some very nice photographs of the white bridges surrounded by the flowers are usually possible. As luck would have it, the bloom was running far behind schedule frustrating quite a large number of photographers that had arrived in town for the occasion.
The peacocks of the plantation, however, were not interested in delaying their Spring activities and were providing a full display of their tail feathers for the ladies. Unfortunately, it didn’t seem to do them much good. The ladies must have been waiting on the flowers to bloom to get in the mood.
Although the Boone Hall Plantation does not have much in the way of flowers, the line of oak trees on each side of their main drive offer a very nice arched canopy, complete with hanging moss.
The dirt road to Botany Bay, another photographic favorite in the area, was closed due to heavy rains and wet conditions. I took a look but the one car that tried to make it through was getting towed after being stuck in 12 inch deep muddy ruts. Anything less than a Hummer was not going to make it.
So, I headed to the north end Folly Beach for a nice sunrise over the old wooden jetty. If you are in the area, it is a fun place to go.
With so little working out, I made the four hour drive to Asheville to see what was going on along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The answer was not much, with most of the trees bare from winter. I did manage a respectable photograph of sunset from the summit at Craggy Gardens. This is another great place if you are on the Parkway.
Next up will be an expedition to Oregon in Mid-May. We’ll be photographing a wide variety of subjects from the Columbia River Gorge in the north to the Redwoods for northern California. I can’t wait.