SC - Bluff Plantation on the Combahee. A Heyward Plantation. There is a good history of rice production based on this plantation - "The Seed from Madagascar." –Description from photographer, David Soliday.
SC – Lower Combahee. A good example of erosion. Foreground just a few hints of canals caused by being on the opposing side of an oxbow. The interior of the oxbow has suffered from over wash for many decades. These fields were purchased by the DuPont family in the 1920's.–Description from photographer, David Soliday.
SC – Upper Combahee River. There is much to say about this image. It shows fields in various degrees of disintegration. On the left is a field where long ago its outer banks were broken; definition is totally gone. On the upper right, various quadrants are very much intact with even the deep "quarter ditches" apparent. –Description from photographer, David Soliday.
SC - Upper Combahee. Prior to the transition from inland reservoirs to tidal irrigated rice cultivation, most SC rivers were buffered by forested bottomland swamps. These swamps were cleared - the trees often used for underpinnings of embankments. –Description from photographer, David Soliday.
SC – Upper Combahee. This image was taken slightly downriver from previous image illustrating a typical transformation from swampland to irrigated rice field. -–Description from photographer, David Soliday.
Cypress trees on the banks of the Combahee on Bluff Plantation - one of Nathaniel Heyward's Plantations. Today, bald eagles perch here just as they did 100 years ago as described by Heyward's decendants in "The Seed from Madagascar" - an historical accountant of The Bluff and life on a rice plantation. –Description from photographer, David Soliday.
This was photographed in early spring during the 1980's. The roadway is the main road between Charleston & Savannah. To the right would be The Tubman Bridge. –Description from photographer, David Soliday.
I observed the mechanical repair of this broken dike by both land and plane for many weeks. During the rice era, multitudes of slaves with shovels and wheelbarrows accomplished the same task sometimes overnight. Bonny Hall Plantation, The Combahee. –Description from photographer, David Soliday.
SC – Combahee River. This unfortunately is a low-res image but illustrates the storms that so often threatened the slaves. For the most part, they had little shelter in the fields often miles from safety. This is photographed on 17S crossing the Combahee River. –Description from photographer, David Soliday.