Empty Bird Feeder, Charleston, SC - 2012
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While in Charleston last spring, I was impressed by the extent that the present day owners of centuries old houses will go to preserve their historical value. The overwhelming majority seemed to view their homes as not just a private residence, but a public trust. Although only a few were open for tours, or public viewing of the courtyards and exterior, there was still a commitment to preserving the past as much as is practical in a 21st century world.
I was able to peek through an iron gate into the courtyard of this home to see this terracotta wall decoration being used as a bird feeder, albeit only containing a few sunflower seed shells in this photo. A contemporary bird feeder that only needs to be filled once every week or so would be much more convenient for the owner (and the birds), but would have detracted from the period look of the courtyard. I don't know what the original purpose of this wall fixture could have been; it may have been designed to be a feeder all along. Details like this small touch in a seldom seen courtyard are what has kept Charleston such a fascinating place to visit and see.