Magnolia Plantation and Gardens Part II: The Swamp

If you haven’t noticed from a number of previous posts, Jeremy and I like swamps.  It’s like playing an ultimate game of I Spy.  You walk carefully and quietly along the paths and boardwalks hoping not to scare away something interesting.  Many people don’t like the idea of seeing alligators or snakes, but we look forward to it and try for it.  In fact the day seems to feel like a dud if we don’t see something at least a little dangerous.

Baby Alligator
Baby Gator

While we didn’t see any snakes during out jaunt at the Audobon Swamp Garden at Magnolia Plantation we saw a crap ton of alligators.  As I said in my previous post, spring has sprung here in Charleston and along with it comes new blooms and baby animals.

Magnolia Plantation Rookery
Can you see all of the alligator trails in the water?? Cray Cray, right?  Also, there is a baby gator in there.. Can you see him?

As we walked along, the cattails were catching the sunlight and we peered up into the trees trying to find the birds that were singing their songs.


We saw a swamp rabbit–something I’ve been wanting to see for a couple of years now.  Isn’t he the cutest?

Swamp Rabbit
Señor Swampy

One of the most impressive parts of the swamp is the rookery.  It’s a vast nesting ground for herons and egrets; the nests are currently full of babies.

Great Blue Heron and Babies
Great Blue Heron with her Babies

Mama stays with the little ones while dad goes out hunting or to forage for sticks to fortify theirs nests.  They are fascinating to watch.

Green-Eyed Egret
Props to Jeremy on this stunning photo of a green-eyed egret

Just feet below their nests in the mirky water, alligators lazily float around.  Kinda creepy, no?

Path through Rookery

The path weaves along the rookery and back through the woods.  Even the swamp area is rich in history, as the woods open up into a small African American Cemetery.

Grave at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

The Audobon Swamp Garden is named for John James Audobon as he visited the swamp prior to the Civil War.  It is said that he visited to collect specimens of water fowl that he would paint at a later date.  This legend may very well be true, if you look up his paintings you will find a large array of birds that can be readily found at the swamp garden.

Green Eyed Egret

Jeremy and I truly enjoyed wandering through the swamp garden and if you make your way to Magnolia Plantation and Gardens we would definitely recommend that you spend the extra few bucks to check it out.

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