Congaree National Park, South Carolina

Congaree National Park is situated in South Carolina in Richland County. The park was established on November 10, 2003 after going through several revisions of campaigns to save the area from development starting in 1969. The park is the biggest old growth hardwood forest remaining in the USA covering nearly 42 square miles. Some of the activities enjoyed at the park are bird watching, kayaking, canoeing, and primitive camping.

Congaree National Park Info


Congaree National Park

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News

Congaree National Park is Beginning to Increase Recreational Access to Backcountry Areas

Congaree National Park is beginning to increase access to backcountry areas of the park for recreational activities within parts of the park.

Congaree National Park Cancels 2020 Fireflies Festival

Congaree National Park has canceled the 2020 Fireflies Festival, which had been scheduled for May 11-24.

Tourism to Congaree National Park creates Over $9.6 Million in Economic Benefits

Tourism to Congaree National Park creates Over $9.6 Million in Economic Benefits. Report shows visitor spending supports 102 jobs in local economy.

Congaree National Park Photos

My Path is Forward (Congaree National Park)

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My Path is Forward (Congaree National Park)

With my compass giving me a few directions along the way! While walking the Boardwalk Loop Trail.

Getting Travel Advice from the Welcome Center of a Forest (Congaree National Park)

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Getting Travel Advice from the Welcome Center of a Forest (Congaree National Park)

A view of some the surrounding forest I came across while walking the Bluff Trail in Congaree National Park.

Getting Outside Through Photos (Congaree National Park)

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Getting Outside Through Photos (Congaree National Park)

Views looking through a nearby forest while walking the Bluff Trail.

The Best Moments in Life Are Spent Outside (Congaree National Park)

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The Best Moments in Life Are Spent Outside (Congaree National Park)

Yes, one can also call the caption for this image “forest bathing,” given the tall loblolly pine trees all around me that morning while walking the Bluff Trail in Congaree National Park.

The Mosquito Meter in Congaree National Park!

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The Mosquito Meter in Congaree National Park!

I was definitely glad I chose to come during a time of the year when it was only “mild” or “all clear.” Prior to my trip to Congaree National Park, I’d read about the different levels on the meter but seeing this did bring out a smile. I later used DxO Perspective to align the image to be level and as if captured straight on.

Everything Under the Sun and So Much to Explore! (Congaree National Park)

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Everything Under the Sun and So Much to Explore! (Congaree National Park)

An image captured while walking the Bluff Trail in Congaree National Park. It was at this road crossing that I came across this more open area and decided to use the road ahead as a leading line leading off into the forest with the tall loblolly pine trees all around. As part of post-production, I made some selective adjustments to contrast, saturation, and brightness before cropping some of the upper and bottom portions of the image for a wide angle, panoramic feel to the setting.

All Creatures Great and Small (Congaree National Park)

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All Creatures Great and Small (Congaree National Park)

An setting I only came across because another person walking the Boardwalk Loop Trail pointed out this Broadhead Skink that happened to be poking it head out, so to speak, in this brick wall near the visitor center in Congaree National Park.

Get Outside and Go Walking (Congaree National Park)

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Get Outside and Go Walking (Congaree National Park)

A forested setting along the Bluff Trail in Congaree National Park not long after leaving the visitor center area. It was at this point that I came across this spot with the trail to my front where the sun was somewhat coming through the canopy of tree leaves. I decided to take advantage of that in order to not have the sun be too bright and blow any highlights, while still being able to later pull out the shadowed areas in post-processing. But the real focus of this image (other than just being a beautiful setting) was closing down on the aperture to f/18 on my Nikon SLR camera in order to bring out the distinct starburst look with the sun.

For post-production work, I then worked with control points and color control points in Capture NX2 to bring out the contrast, saturation and brightness I wanted. I finally added a Foliage and Sunshine CEP filter to give that little bit extra for the final image.

A Low Key Recipe Feel to an Image Captured at Weston Lake (Congaree National Park)

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A Low Key Recipe Feel to an Image Captured at Weston Lake (Congaree National Park)

Given the overcast skies and it's kind of blah like colors, I decided to experiment with Color Efex Pro 4 that DxO had just recently released. Here I used a low key recipe after doing some initial work in Capture NX2.

The Undergrowth and Life in the Congaree Floodplain (Congaree National Park)

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The Undergrowth and Life in the Congaree Floodplain (Congaree National Park)

A forested setting that captured my attention with the variety of plantlike present, including palmetto leaves. Anywho, there was lots of greens across this floodplain landscape.

I Took a Traveled Path That Led Me to a Wilderness of Adventures (Black & White, Congaree National Park)

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I Took a Traveled Path That Led Me to a Wilderness of Adventures (Black & White, Congaree National Park)

A conversion to black & white using Capture NX2 where I made some adjustments to color filters to bring out a much richer tonal contrast for the final image.

Cypress Trees and Tree Knees (Congaree National Park)

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Cypress Trees and Tree Knees (Congaree National Park)

Reflections of both across the still floodplain waters in Congaree National Park. Here I angled my Nikon SLR camera slightly downward to focus more on this area with the cypress knees and reflections. I felt that this "impact of less” would add to a sense of more being present beyond the edges of the image captured.

An Image Created from a Single RAW Image with Aurora HDR Pro (Congaree National Park)

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An Image Created from a Single RAW Image with Aurora HDR Pro (Congaree National Park)

I later did some work to adjust the saturation, brightness and contrast of the TIFF image in Capture NX2.

A Great American Trip Through Congaree National Park

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A Great American Trip Through Congaree National Park

A variety of cypress trees and other plantlike with reflections in the still floodplain waters. This location is along the Boardwalk Loop Trail not too far from Weston Lake.

My Travel Paintings - Congaree National Park Under Tall Trees

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My Travel Paintings - Congaree National Park Under Tall Trees

Getting Face-to-Face Help from the Friendly Trees of Congaree. I captured this image while walking under tall Loblolly Pine trees while walking the Bluff Trail one Sunday morning in Congaree National Park. I uploaded the image here on Flickr (www.flickr.com/photos/14723335@N05/48450291857/in/album-7...). There was something magical about looking up with the tall trees all around and coming together likes spokes on a wheel that day. That’s the story behind this image and forest bathing, if you will.

As for painting this image, I tried to keep it simple using a thicker brush stroke for the trees to use as the basis for where I’d have the leaves. I then blended some other wood-like colors to give it what I get was a more natural look. I then used layers, on tope and below, to paint the leaves with varying shades and hues of yellow and green. The last part was painting the skies and adding a look to vary that blue with greens and darker blues with some clouds.

In the left center foreground of the painting, you'll find that stick figure image of me "hiking" with my Cubbies hat, loving my time exploring the bottomland hardwood forest of Congaree National Park in South Carolina :-)

This Place is More Than a National Park...It's an Adventure! (Congaree National Park)

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This Place is More Than a National Park...It's an Adventure! (Congaree National Park)

Standing in Wonder as I Look Up Under the Trees All Around (Congaree National Park)

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Standing in Wonder as I Look Up Under the Trees All Around (Congaree National Park)

Weston Lake Slough (Congaree National Park)

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Weston Lake Slough (Congaree National Park)

I wanted to capture that view I had walking the Weston Lake Loop Trail that afternoon in April. All around me were the greens and yellows of a forest caught in the light of the afternoon sun. Other areas had a shadow cast across them, bringing out a contrast of lights and colors. Then there was the slough around me, adding its own look to this setting. I decided to angle my Nikon SLR camera slightly downward as I felt it better brought out that view to allow the eyes to slowly move across this forested and floodplain landscape and be drawn into the image.

It Only Takes a Moment or Step to Start the Story We Call Life… (Congaree National Park)

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It Only Takes a Moment or Step to Start the Story We Call Life… (Congaree National Park)

There was definitely something magical about walking this boarded walk in Congaree National Park! The tall cypress trees all around, sunlight coming from above and a nice coolness still in the air with spring temperatures.

Congaree Canoe Trail

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Congaree Canoe Trail