Magnolia Plantation and Cemetery

Our Charleston workshop began on a chilly, damp day at Magnolia Plantation, a short ride from our hotel. We were there when the gates opened at 8 am. Unlike my last visit, the cold spring weather had delayed blooms on most of the azaleas. So we set out to find other scenes to capture.

Magnolia Plantation, Charleston SC

The “plantation” building at Magnolia Plantation, seen from a distance, with a borrowed 70-200mm f/2.8 lens. Thanks, Alan!

As you can see, most of the deciduous trees hadn’t broken bud yet. The exceptions were some wonderful crabapples (I think), like those barely visible on the left side of the photo above. Behind the plantation, tucked away in a hidden nook, I found some others.

Charleston, Magnolia Plantation

A fall of crabapple blossoms, in two colors, behind Magnolia Plantation

Azaleas were just starting to bloom.

Charleston, Magnolia Cemetery

Pink azaleas were among the few in bloom at Magnolia Plantation

Charleston, Magnolia Plantation

The Oak Allee at Magnolia Plantation, with the single azalea in bloom I could find near it.

Charleston, Magnolia Plantation

Fire-engine-red azaleas begged to be photographed, so I obliged.

Later that week, we visited another destination with ‘Magnolia’ in its name – Magnolia Cemetery. Some of the graves date back to the 1700’s, and the general feeling is one of mystery (aided by the huge live oaks dripping in Spanish moss). Some of my fellow workshop members broke out their infrared cameras once the sun got high; not having one, I tried to stick to less sunny areas but the light was tough.

Charleston, Magnolia Cemetery

A quiet dirt path leading through the cemetery

The ironwork around the gravesites was intricate and impressive. Rusted, too.

Charleston, Magnolia Cemetery

Beautiful rusted ironwork surrounded the gravesites of Confederate soldiers at Magnolia Cemetery.

But my favorite image is probably this one, with the river in the background and a mysterious stone obelisk anchoring the right side of the photo, balancing the graves to the left.

Charleston, Magnolia Cemetery

Early morning sun illuminates the surroundings at Magnolia Cemetery.

For more of Magnolia Plantation, visit my 2010 post, Charleston Redux – Magnolia Plantation.

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12 Comments on “Magnolia Plantation and Cemetery”


  1. Your photographs are stunning! Great work. I love them.
    Susan

  2. Theresa Forte Says:

    Lovely photo tour…thanks for sharing. I love the red azaleas against the wall.


  3. The stone pyramid looks interesting (obelisk) ! Ive got the same or very similar azaelia in my garden and its a real show stopper!!


  4. All red azaleas need Spanish moss. Lovely.


  5. brings back some great memories!


  6. Those are amazing. It’s so cool to find beautiful places like this hidden everywhere. Thanks for documenting it and sharing! You made my day better.

    • Melissa Says:

      Thanks for stopping by. These aren’t really “hidden” since they’re open to the public but it’s always nice to find out about new places to visit.


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