Brookgreen Gardens Part 2

Last week I did a post about Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina, a few miles south of Myrtle Beach. Click here to see it. This week I wanted to show you more of my pics.

Oak Allee (click to see larger view)

(Click this photo to see larger view.)


Riders of the Dawn by Adolph Weinman

This wild bird was standing beside one of the large ponds.

I didn't see the name of this sculpture. It is a workhorse with a man behind, leading it. I loved the arrangement of trees too.

Timber Wolf Family by William Henry Turner (bronze 1990)

"The Lowcountry Zoo is the only zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums on the coast of North and South Carolina. All of the native animals in the zoo were either bred and raised in captivity or have sustained a major disability due to injury. In either case, these animals could not survive in the wild." Quoted from the Brookgreen website.

These birds in the Cypress Aviary were not getting along well. I think they are juvenile Black-Crowned Night Herons. This aviary is the only known of its kind built over an existing cypress swamp. We walked over boardwalks among the birds. I'm glad they were friendly and mostly ignored us.

This alligator was creeping after a brave vulture that always kept a few feet ahead.

Gray Fox
Unlike other species of fox, the Gray Fox is actually able to climb trees. It has strong hooked claws that enable it to shimmy up a tree like a cat. They are nocturnal animals that feed on rabbits, rodents, insects, fruit and nuts. During the day, Gray Foxes sleep in stumps, hollow trees or burrows.

The zoo featured many more animals including otters, eagles, hawks, owls, red foxes, deer, turkeys, domestic farm animals, and many others. And of course the gardens contain hundreds more sculptures than I could show you here. Walking through Brookgreen Gardens is a wonderful way to spend a couple of relaxing days.

I hope you enjoyed this tour of Brookgreen Gardens and Zoo. To learn more please check out their website.


Roxy Boroughs said...

Wow! Gorgeous photos. Thanks for sharing.

Ella Quinn said...

Beautiful. Thank you for the pictures.

Vonda Sinclair said...

Thanks, Roxy and Ella! I'm glad you like them.

Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

Vonda - you have made my morning. I absolutely am captivated by the moss on trees and these photos of yours are perfect. I wish I could see all of them in person some day. Thanks!

Vonda Sinclair said...

Thanks, Paisley! The moss is so beautiful draping from the oaks. I can't get enough of it either. Wish I could have those in my yard.

Gerri Bowen said...

What a beautiful place! I loved all your photos Vonda, but especially the trees. :)

Vanessa Holland said...

It is an amazing place. Those trees are so majestic and beautiful. I'm not sure I would have been brave enough to get that close to the alligator. :-) Thanks for all the info, too.

Dawn Marie Hamilron said...

Vonda, thanks for treating us to more lovely pictures of Brookgreen Gardens. I've added it to the list of gardens I want to visit.

Vonda Sinclair said...

Gerri, thanks for taking a look! I think the trees are my favorite too. It takes so many hundred years for them to grow that large.

Vanessa, I agree about the trees. Thank goodness there was a fence between me and the alligator. LOL

Dawn, thanks for checking it out. I know you will love Brookgreen if you visit!