Thursday, November 29, 2007


Georgetown Steel Plant in Georgetown, SC

Georgetown Steel was started by German industrialist Willy Korf in 1969. In 2003 it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and soon ceased production. The next year the former International Steel Group (ISG) purchased the remains of Georgetown Steel for $18 million. And in 2005 Mittal bought ISG, making Georgetown a part of its US operations. The plant manufactures steel wire rod products.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

End of the Season

The butterfly season is about over. Yesterday, this tattered gulf fritillary wondered through the backyard.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Good Boys

Santa checking his book for the names of William, Jack and Ethan.

Broadway at the Beach

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Friday, November 23, 2007

Honored Guest

For our Thanksgiving meal we had an honored guest, Chief Dragging Canoe, aka William.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Friday, November 16, 2007

Heading South

It is interesting to note the home port of boats traveling on the Intracoastal Waterway.

Limelight - St. Michaels, Maryland

Sea Mist - New Bern, North Carolina

Patrician - Vero Beach, Florida

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Socastee Swing Bridge

The Socastee swing bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway is busy this time of year with the fall migration of boats to warmer waters.

Boats in queue waiting for the swing bridge to open.

Tomorrow we will take a closer look at these boats and find out their home port.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

An Omen?

I hope this buckeye butterfly on the lantana today is good sign with the big game this Saturday between the Ohio State Buckeyes and Michigan Wolverines. I will take it as a good omen unless I find a wolverine walking around the backyard tomorrow. Go Bucks!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Autumn Bees

The bees are plentiful on the Sasanqua Camellia blooms.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Solving a Mystery

What is the orange spot on the leg of this bumblebee?

I challenged the 5th grade Sunday school class during their 15 minute weekly nature and environment time to find the answer. Within a couple of minutes using computers and Google, they had the answer.

It is called a pollen basket and is used to store pollen for the return trip to the hive.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Marker 77

An osprey nest on top of Intracoastal Waterway marker 77 on the Waccamaw river.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Water Color

A discussion of the water color of the Waccamaw river.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Old Rice Fields

The low-lying land along the Pee Dee river in Georgetown County was home to many rice plantations. In 1840 the Georgetown district accounted for almost half of the total rice crop of the United States. Rice production persisted into the early twentieth century before succumbing to bankruptcies, outside competition, and a series of devastating hurricanes.

A few remnants still exist.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Wood Duck Boxes

Wood Duck boxes are numerous along the Waccamaw and Pee Dee rivers. The boxes serve as a substitute for a natural nesting site in a hallow tree. The cone shape guard is needed to protect the eggs from predators such as raccoons and snakes.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Waccamaw River

The fall boat migration is underway on the Waccamaw River which is part on the Intracoastal Waterway. Boats are joining their feathered friends and heading south for the winter months.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Educational River Cruise

Last Tuesday I took a three hour river cruise down the Waccamaw and Pee Dee rivers which was offered by the Lifelong Learning division of Coastal Carolina University. The leaders of the trip provided a history of the area and environmental information about the rivers and surrounding watershed.

More photos coming ...

Thursday, November 01, 2007