Apr 24, 2020

Creatures at Brookgreen Gardens and a Summer Outfit Inspiration

Hello and welcome! I hope all is well in your corner of the world! 

I usually share a style post on Fridays, but unfortunately I did not get any pictures taken recently, so all I am sharing today are a few more photos from Brookgreen Gardens, taken on vacations we took in 2017 and 2019. If you missed my first two  posts of Brookgreen Gardens pictures and would like to take a look, you can visit this link where I shared some closeup floral pictures and this link where I shared scenery. For today's post I wanted to share pictures of a few of the creatures we found along the way.


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Since I don't have an outfit photo to share, I'm including a pictures of myself in the garden. A lose flowy swing top like the one I am wearing was perfect for the occasion, but if I ever do go again I'll be wearing a summer dress. I didn't on this day (or the second time we went) because we were thinking of taking the pontoon boat to see the rice plantations and thought I'd be more comfortable wearing shorts. Well, we didn't end up going the first time we visited Brookgreen Gardens because it got too hot and my daughter does not tolerate heat well, but the second time we came to the garden it was on our schedule to do first. (In case you are wondering, while the boat tour was a nice excursion, I personally loved visiting the garden grounds so much more!)


So I'm wearing one of my favorite blue jean shorts (old - these are similar) and this flowy linen type top I picked up years ago at Kohl's. Comfortable shoes are a must as there is a lot of walking involved. I'm pretty sure I'm wearing my Birkenstocks. Mine are old, in fact I've purchased them many years ago while visiting Germany, but there are some great styles available at Zappos. I like this floral pair, but really can't justify the purchase of a pair right now...

I have no idea where I purchased the hat, but I've been taking it along on vacations for several years now. 




Warning: Spider picture coming up.


A small zoo of local animals (Lowcountry Zoo) is part of this garden. While we didn't spend a lot of time in the zoo area, we did want to see the feeding of this alligator who lives in this area. I've not taken any pictures of the other zoo animals.



Many of these little guys were all over the gardens, and everywhere in South Carolina. Some were pretty colorful, this one happend to be black and white. 



These spiders (found in the barn at Brookgreen Gardens) really creeped me out, but they were so fascinating, I had to take pictures. I learned that they are the Golden Silk Orb Weaver. They are supposed to be non- aggressive and if they do bite it's supposed to be less severe than a bee sting. I'd rather not find out!!

Besides Brookgreen Gardens we also saw these creatures by a wooden information shed at Huntington Beach State Park. I don't know how those of you living in the south can deal with these types of spiders....


A swamp lake at Brookgreen Gardens, home to some snakes, turtles, fish and these beautiful birds. Maybe some small alligators.


This bird reminds me of the cardinals we have in our backyard in Illinois, but those are a deeper shade red here and the females are more brown. Does anyone know what kind of bird this is?


 Finally, although not wildlife, we loved this pony statue decorated in live succulents. So pretty! It was located near the children's garden area.


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22 comments:

  1. I hear you. Taking blog photos has definitely taken a back seat! In some ways, I find that I have old photos that I forgot to share or too slow to share! In any event, these are nice outdoor photos. It makes me miss being one with Mother Nature. And that spider was pretty fascinating to look at. I have not seen anything like it. I hope you had a great week and happy Friday!

    Maureen | www.littlemisscasual.com

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  2. Oh how I wish we could visit nature reserves and animale farms again! For now we can enjoy our own gardens! Happy weekend!

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    1. Thanks Nancy. Hoping the world returns to being somewhat normal rather sooner than later...

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  3. Cool photos! Thank you for sharing them!

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  4. That bird does look like a cardinal. A juvenile male whose beak is losing its black color and turning to orange and he's changing into an adult. Hence the mottled kinda dare I say it "ugly" look.

    Great pictures. I enjoyed viewing them. [Bunny]

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  5. We were there in the spring, so I did not see those spiders and I'm glad I didn't as they would have creeped me out too! I can't believe how close that lady is to the alligator!

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    1. They really are creepy even if not poisonous. This picture was taken on our trip in July. We saw them on our June trip as well but they were smaller.
      And yes, it's hard to believe how close that lady got to the alligator.

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  6. Ellie, these pictures are amazing! I would love to see the feeding of an alligator in real life! That is so cool! Thanks for sharing and linking up.

    Shelbee
    www.shelbeeontheedge.com

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  7. How gorgeous are these gardens?! My daughter would have loved to watch the alligator have some lunch <3

    Green Fashionista

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    1. Thanks Kate! It was interesting to watch!

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  8. Beautiful flower/butterfly photos and the succulent horse is awesome!

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    1. Thank you! The decorated horse was so cute!

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  9. Eeekkk I don't like spiders but I do love that PONY!

    https://villemo20.blogspot.com/

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    1. They creep my out too, but this one looked interesting enough to photograph :)

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  10. Great pics! The Atlanta botanical gardens have had living plant sculptures exhibits and it is amazing how beautiful they are. I can replicate your exact outfit. I have a top in the same color and same shape that I love in summer.
    www.chezmireillefashiontravelmom.com

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    1. Thanks Mireille. I can imagine the gardens in Atlanta are just as beautiful too!

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  11. Brookgreen Gardens looks like such a fun place to visit! I love that succulent horse!

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    1. It's a beautiful place for sure! Definitely one of my favorite places to visit!

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