S.C. Encyclopedia | Now extinct, the Carolina parakeet (Conuropsis carolinensis) was a dove-sized (about thirty-five centimeters long) bird with a bright green body, yellow head, and orange face. Mark Catesby, an English naturalist living in Charleston, painted the parakeet in 1731, thus providing the first scientific description of the species. The species was abundant in early America, and its range extended to New York, Colorado, and Florida. The Carolina parakeet was well known for its ability to withstand harsh winters, due to the winter availability of its main foods: cockleburs, thistle seeds, and sandspurs.
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S.C. Encyclopedia | Mark Catesby was born in or near the village of Castle Hedingham, Essex, England, on March 24, 1682, the son of John Catesby and Elizabeth Jekyll. Little is known of his early life, but he probably attended the grammar school in the nearby town of Sudbury.
This photo, taken by Michael Kaynard in the Lowcountry but outside of Charleston County, arrives just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. Where is it? Send your best guess to: email@example.com and make sure to include your name and hometown. If possible, write “Mystery Photo” in the subject line.
This close-up of a hand-colored etching by English naturalist Mark Catesby is part of his two-volume treatise that was on private display last week at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. Starting May 12 in Charleston as reported by our sister publication, the Gibbes Museum of Art will host an exhibition of Catesby’s 18th Century watercolors from the Royall Collection in England. Click here to learn more about Catesby. (Photo by Andy Brack).
Usually, we ask you where something is. This time, we’ll tell you it is in South Carolina, but won’t tell you what it is. Do you know? (For bonus points, you can tell us where it’s located in South Carolina.) Send your best guess to: firstname.lastname@example.org and make sure to include your name and hometown. If possible, write “Mystery Photo” in the subject line.
S.C. Encyclopedia | Jonathan Lucas (ca. 1754–1821) was born in Cumberland, England, the son of John Lucas and Ann Noble. His mother’s family owned mills in the town of Whitehaven, which undoubtedly served as the source of Lucas’s skill as a millwright. Little is known of his early life in England. He married Mary Cooke on May 22, 1774. They had five children before Mary died sometime between 1783 and 1786. He then married Ann Ashburn of Whitehaven.
A warm winter brings an early spring and the popping of posies all over the place, including these azaleas. Word this week is that the weather has been so moderate that officials with the Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club are worried that the weather will cause the event’s signature azaleas to bloom well before the event, which is slated to start in early April.