Bridges of Tranquility

“Golden bridge, silver bridge or diamond bridge; it doesn’t matter! As long as the bridge takes you across the other side, it is a good bridge!”
― Mehmet Murat ildan

Bridges of Tranquility photo

Magnolia Plantation located south of Charleston, South Carolina, lies along the Ashley River. It was built in 1679 and has lasted well over 300 years. Although occupied during the American Revolution and the Civil War, it managed to survive.

Bridges of Tranquility photo

The best time to visit any southern garden is in the springtime and as this name suggests, the grounds are covered with magnolia trees, azaleas and camellias. But we visited on a hot summer day. What it lacked in spring blooms, its shady ponds and bridges more than compensated. Appealing and tranquil.

Bridges of Tranquility photo

Presuming that all the bridges were white, it was a bit of a jolt when this red bridge appeared.

Bridges of Tranquility photo

Another, red bridge. This one at Duke Gardens in Durham, North Carolina. Again, a very hot, sticky summer day, but this Japanese bridge added beauty to the surroundings and for a moment cooled us off. The grand children ran to the edge, splashed water on themselves and then on us.

Bridges of Tranquility photo

“The wisdom of bridges comes from the fact that they know the both sides, they know the both shores!”
― Mehmet Murat ildan

About travelerlynne

Traveler. Writer. Retired Educator.Traveling on and off the beaten path with my photographer husband. Volunteering locally as well as in Haiti and Tanzania, an enriching and humbling experience. A sun lover! Shelling, boating, fishing and watching sunsets. Growing mango, banana, key lime,and pineapple.Making smoothies and chutneys. Enjoying family and friends! Savoring each new day!
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30 Responses to Bridges of Tranquility

  1. Kamila Pala says:

    Wow! Beautiful! Looks like scenery for impressionist painters…

  2. Beautifully captured reflections…especially with those quotes!

    • Thanks, Alarna. We love the Low Country (coastal South Carolina), but it’s always summer when we drive through the area on our way to son and family. All seasons have a beauty of their own.

  3. divrj says:

    Wow…the pictures speak volumes… Beautiful…

  4. quarterhorsegirl says:

    Great pictures:)

  5. Margie Michener says:

    How lovely!! And so refreshing!!

  6. restlessjo says:

    Such gentle and lovely reflective shots, Lynne. Fragile and exotic- a great combination 🙂

  7. Thanks, Jo. I would love to see this plantation in the spring. It must be gorgeous in an informal sort of way. The original owner put in formal gardens and then years later decided that he liked the informal, random look which was just catching on. It makes for an interesting walk. I feel like the bamboo is going to grab me. 🙂

  8. Being out doors in new places is indeed delightful.

  9. they are all beautiful images, but the white arched bridges are so soothing when reflected on calm waters. i’ll keep this on the screen so that i can enjoy it again when i get home!


  10. I agree with the white being soothing. The red one just seemed out of place. Safe travels getting home. What a time you have had.

  11. Sartenada says:

    Wonderful photos from Paradise.

  12. Madhu says:

    What a gorgeous gallery Lynne! That first shot is absolutely stunning!!

  13. Thanks, Madhu, and that photo is actually mine. 🙂

  14. Paula says:

    You love bridges too 🙂 Beautiful examples especially the first one!

  15. Tahira says:

    So lovely, Lynne. I always wanted to be a Southern Belle in a big hop dress running across a bridge like these! 😀 Simply enchanting!

  16. Oh yes, the hooped ladies were up in the house leading tours. We just stuck to the gardens. I can just picture you now just trying to get across a narrow bridge in one of those dresses. 🙂

  17. Hans says:

    What a great idea to make photographs of bridges ! 🙂 I wonder whiy I never thought about that in a sense to make a collection of bridges all over the places I travelled to.
    I make photographs – since at last 2 1/2 decades of years of any Kind of doors, waiting since a Long time to find the time to sort them and make a collection of them – simple doors, beautiful doors, german, French, italian, swedian, norwegian, croatian, tuenisian doors,, old, new, wooden, iron …. important doors,, boring doors ….

    I appreciate your blog and really have joy reading it 🙂 , Hans

    • Thank you so much Hans for your lovely comments. Doors, knobs, windows and other architectural details make for wonderful photographic collections, don’t they? It sounds like you have a beautiful collection of doors. Bridges and their reflections are also fun to do.:)

  18. You’ve bridged the gap of understanding with this post, Lynne. I enjoy the quotes. This plantation looks so tranquil and calm. I’d love to spend a day there.

  19. Isn’t it amazing what a tranquil place can do to the senses? I love South Carolina’s low country and we’ll be on those back roads again in July.

  20. cindy knoke says:

    I love the reflections!

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