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A Shot In The Dark

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A Shot In The Dark
A Shot In The Dark

Someone said “look how pretty that Heron is over there”.

The only sun at that point was right on the tree line, shining directly into our eyes. My view finder was all glare, the bird in the middle and I clicked.

Why not, it’s digital.

The shot actually came out and was pretty good. No skill on my part. Things happen.

To The Air, Great Blue Heron

We all have our favorite subjects and style of photography. Mine is birds in flight images. And some of the best for me is the Great Blue ‘leap of faith’.

To The Air, Great Blue Heron
To The Air, Great Blue Heron

A leap of faith is when these big birds just lean forward and propel themselves into the air. Now, adding to this is the fact directly below these rookeries are swamps, with many Alligators.

To The Air, Great Blue Heron
To The Air, Great Blue Heron

Above is the leap. Incredibly beautiful animals.

To The Air, Great Blue Heron
To The Air, Great Blue Heron
To The Air, Great Blue Heron
To The Air, Great Blue Heron

Suddenly, with no thought, they are flying.

To The Air, Great Blue Heron
To The Air, Great Blue Heron

Small Group That Stayed Near, Pelican

A few shots taken of a smaller group of White Pelicans. A main flock had flown off but these kept feeding.

Small Group That Stayed Near, Pelican
Small Group That Stayed Near, Pelican
Small Group That Stayed Near, Pelican
Small Group That Stayed Near, Pelican

A very large flock was feeding all through these marshes yesterday, however I was of course in a swamp.

Small Group That Stayed Near, Pelican
Small Group That Stayed Near, Pelican

 

 

Great Blue, Pretty Proud Of Himself (2)

I didn’t realize I had a second set of photographs that could have been with (click to view) Great Blue, Pretty Proud Of Himself that was published yesterday.

So, to continue….

Great Blue, Pretty Proud Of Himself (2)
Great Blue, Pretty Proud Of Himself (2)

Above the Heron arrives with his big prize. To me the female looks confused like ‘What was he thinking’.

Great Blue, Pretty Proud Of Himself (2)
Great Blue, Pretty Proud Of Himself (2)

It’s a wonder he didn’t knock her off the tree with it LOL.

Great Blue, Pretty Proud Of Himself (2)
Great Blue, Pretty Proud Of Himself (2)

 

Off To The Other Side, Pelicans

I waited for a very long, a very very long, time. At least for me it was long. I just knew the large flock of Pelican would take off all together.

Never did. Finally I walked away into the high reeds and then they started to leave! No shots at all, but I went back to my spot for the last few. Maybe I could get something from the stragglers.

Off To The Other Side, Pelicans
Off To The Other Side, Pelicans
Off To The Other Side, Pelicans
Off To The Other Side, Pelicans

No dramatic exits though.

Off To The Other Side, Pelicans
Off To The Other Side, Pelicans

Slowly, almost one by one, they flew to follow the main group.

Off To The Other Side, Pelicans
Off To The Other Side, Pelicans
Off To The Other Side, Pelicans
Off To The Other Side, Pelicans

It wasn’t exactly what I had in mind. Still… it’s a flock of White Pelican, taking off in a marsh, and I can get a few photographs.

How bad can it be.

 

In Soldiers Ground, Magnolia Cemetery

While out in the old ‘soldiers ground’ section of Charleston’s Magnolia Cemetery I made a few new surprising discoveries.

In Soldiers Ground, Magnolia Cemetery
In Soldiers Ground, Magnolia Cemetery

Above is a marker I found off to the side of the main section. Near a tool shed was a standard confederate military head stone.

However Rebecca Sineath, of Morris Island, South Carolina is buried here. She was the laundress for the 12st South Carolina Infantry.

Interesting she was from Morris Island. It is nothing but a sand bar now with an old unused lighthouse.

The battle of Morris Island, July 1863, was an unsuccessful Union assault. The famous 54th Massachusetts Infantry, an all African American unit proved their valor and changed the perspective of Union leaders. The movie ‘Glory’ was based on this battle.

In Soldiers Ground, Magnolia Cemetery
In Soldiers Ground, Magnolia Cemetery

Another unusual find was in the Unknown Sailors area. A new flag, the Bonnie Blue, had been placed.

The Bonnie Blue, though associated with the south was actually based on a marching song used by both North and South.

And wait, there’s more. An old stone for Intibus George can be found at the end of the Unknowns. The name, not a usual old southern one.

Even though Soldiers Ground is in South Carolina I have found grave sites for northern military and other people associated with the Civil War units.

Another ‘Found On A Walk’ adventure.