wee wild flower
growing along the dike south of Lower Sanctuary Pond
Butterfly lands on the path.
Madder family (Rubiaceae)
Light Purple Wildflower
Grass Skipper on Vitex flower
I can almost smell these Gardenias
The morning light really shows off the flowers. These are not wild, but planted on the edge of a yard.
Looks like a snake, but it has eyelids and ear holes, and it will drop its tail for survival.
Vitex Bush in full Bloom
Great for attracting butterflies and bees.
Beautiful clouds form as our Nature Walk ends.
Very young shrimp and a jelly fish!
Growing and feeding critters in Lower Sanctuary Pond
Flower of the Button Bush
The flowers are short lived, just a few weeks in bloom. This plant is a native, it likes shade and wet feet. This one is growing along the road near Rice Field Place.
Cattle Egret in flight.
Blue bird box on the right. Many of the boxes have babies in the nests.
Bee helping to pollinate the Vitex Flower
Beauty Berry Bush
Purple berries will be on this large bush in the winter.
House Pond is being continuously drained to allow for dredging.
Spotted by summer intern, Brandon.
Our original Oak Alley
Years ago, this was the road to the Inn.
Great Egret standing in the shade.
Wild Morning Glory
Good news, they are NOT an invasive species in this area. And, they bring a cheer of color in the mornings before they close.
The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, or Papilio glaucus, is the state butterfly of South Carolina. This symbol was adopted in 1994 with the approval of Act 319 of the South Carolina General Assembly.
Up close shows the unique structure of this flower.
It is actually made up of hundreds of individual flowers.
Our freedom fighters.
We are in the flight path of the training area for military jets.
Pretty flowering, invasive tree.
The Chinese Tallow Tree. Will take over the habitat of native trees in a very short amount of time.
The flower and a seed pod of Spanish Moss
Blooms for a short period of time in the late spring. The flower is so small you need good eyes to find it!
Bruce explaining the details of the House Pond project.
Not a snake, but a legless Lizard.
The incredible edible "Chicken of the Woods"
Always make sure you check with Bruce about what fungi is edible. He is certified in mushroom gathering.