Caw Caw Interpretive center Ravenel

Published: January 10th 2011
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birds in the areabirds in the areabirds in the area

We were not fortunate enough to see any of these of birds on our hike but we did see one lone duck in the waterfowl area shortly after seeing our gator
We decided to spend an extra day in the Charleston area as there I wanted to see an interpretive center that I had read about and I still hadn't had time to see Fort Sumter's visitor center ( we didn't have time for the boat ride out to the fort this time around and it was a little too chilly in January anyway ) Caw Caw Interpretive center was smaller than I had thought but still interesting. Displayed were facts about wildlife in the area and also about rice production done by slaves as the center stands on part of an old rice plantation. They talked about the dangers to slaves that worked on the rice plantation, from malaria to alligators and also about the tools used to produce rice and the process of flooding the fields. Pretty cool stuff but the majority of our time at the center was spent hiking the surrounding trails.
The trails would probably be nicer to see in either the spring or fall but for $1 a person I can't complain...all in all a cheap and fun day out and we finally got to see our first SC alligator!

Additional photos below
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Water MoccasinWater Moccasin
Water Moccasin

This was aken with a 500mm lens...we didn't get as close as it appears.

This was near the beginning of the trail and went through more cypress swamp

My only disappointment here was that Bob had control of the camera and didn't quite get the alligator in was there however and after taking several shots when it decided to move back into the river we decided to leave...this was also taken with a 500mm lens.The area that this was taken was in the old rice paddies.
Mortar and PestleMortar and Pestle
Mortar and Pestle

These were some of the tools used to produce rice after harvest
sweet grass basketssweet grass baskets
sweet grass baskets

These were called winnowing baskets and were used to separate the grain from the chaff. I mentioned these baskets before in the Boone plantation entry, these are now regarded as artwork and cost lots of money for even a small basket
Draining the fieldsDraining the fields
Draining the fields

This area was interactive and explained how and when the fields were flooded and drained and to what extent. It let you flood fields on the model and drain the water to get it just right for the various seasons.

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