Last week I shared photographs of the beautiful oak trees along the entrance to Boone Hall Plantation. This week, continuing along those lines, here are photographs of the oak trees lining the entrance to Wormsloe Plantation just a short drive outside of Savannah, Georgia. These photographs are from a visit in July 2013. We arrived at the entrance to the Wormsloe Plantation in rain and to find that we had arrived before they opened. It wasn't our best timing on having a vacation trip to Savannah as it rained several days while we were visiting. The good news is, there wasn't anyone else there and it made for nice even lighting when taking photographs.
The dates over the entrance to the plantation are 1733 and 1913. 1733 is when the colonial estate of carpenter, Noble Jones (who came to Georgia with James Oglethorpe) came to Georgia. 1913 is when the stone entrance to the historic site was erected at the entrance to the oak lined drive.
The rain provided for deep green colors in the trees along the drive to the plantation. The beauty in having all the greenery wet is reflected light is at a minimum and provides the deeply saturated colors. Many people will actually put away their cameras in this type of weather, but for landscapes and some other types of photography - it's actually a perfect time to photograph (providing it is not to hard to see anything). You can see rain drops in the puddles along the roadway.
Many of these oak trees has resurrection ferns growing along the tree trunks. This particular fern looks beautiful when it has rained recently and a constant supply of water is available to keep them lush and green. However, should the rain cease, they will shrivel up and look dried up (maybe even dead) waiting for the next rain to rejuvenate.
All of these photographs show the concept of 'leading lines'. This refers to a technique of composing a photograph such that the viewer of the photo has their attention drawn to lines that lead to the main subject of the image. In this case, the trees and the roadway lead the viewer into the unknown deep in the back of the photograph (that's where we want you to wonder what lies ahead!).
As we got to the end of the long oak lined drive, the rain had begun to end and I had hopes that we might be able to see what all there was to see at this historic site. Since we had Jimbo, we knew going inside the buildings wasn't going to be an option, so we headed off to see what trails there might be. This path lead out to the waters of the Isle of Hope (and our hope was that the rain wouldn't begin again to soon).
I was fascinated by all the texture of the juniper trees (I believe that is what they were along the water way).
Looking closer at the texture of the tree, you can see the twisting lines.
Even closer and you begin to notice that little things are running around on the trees. Crabs! Little bitty crabs were running around everywhere. With the pace these little crabs were running around, one can't get the necessary closeup (macro) work to capture great photographs - but it was fun watching them scurry around.
Well, we ended up turning back as the rain moved in hard and we were not prepared. Thus, now I always try to bring a rain jacket, umbrella and other appropriate things should we have inclement weather while on vacation. It's a beautiful place to visit. If you think you might want to go, the address is 7601 Skidaway Rd, Savannah, GA 31406. As of this writing, the plantation is open from 9am-5pm Tuesday through Sunday. Closed on Mondays.
If you're travelling with your dog(s), pets are allowed on the grounds and trails, but not inside the buildings.