One of the benefits of being a member of Charleston Artists Guild is free admission to Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. As a result, I have been there many times. Yesterday, however was my first in mid-summer. I was pleasantly surprised by how beautiful it is at this time of year.
When I wasn't hanging out at the CAG exhibit booth, I spent much of my free time in areas of the Plantation I had not visited before, like the Audubon Swamp Garden.
You can get really close to the raucous juveniles and the rookery on the boardwalk through the swamp so it was not too late in the season to get some interesting bird photos.
I also followed the bike path along the river and through the rice fields.
The views along that path were spectacular as well. Pretty sure some of these reference photos will become paintings as well