Category Archives: Charleston

Young Great Blue Heron

I spotted this Heron near the Ashley River, in an old rice field.

Young Great Blue Heron
Young Great Blue Heron

The coloring and feathers led me to believe this is a first year bird.

Young Great Blue Heron
Young Great Blue Heron

There are no long chest feathers, even outside mating season there are still a few.  Also the head feathers look very short and smooth.

A guess, this is a bird from down river where there is a Heron rookery.

Young Great Blue Heron
Young Great Blue Heron

Look Down Once In A While, Alligator

Most of the time when out we are looking up, or at least out in the distance.

If you don’t look down once at times you will miss the shot.

Look Down Once In A While, Alligator
Look Down Once In A While, Alligator

In the image below you can see just how close he was to the waters edge.

Look Down Once In A While, Alligator
Look Down Once In A While, Alligator

It’s always surprising how many times we still walk by things and completely miss them.

This would be one of them. It’s not like he was going to call out to me.

Sunset Over The Dunes

We went out to see if the sunset would hit the Morris Lighthouse (Charleston Harbor) with any type of interesting colors. Not so much.

Sunset Over The Dunes
Sunset Over The Dunes

Luck was with us for a few moments though. Shooting back into the sun gave a colorful look to the dunes and salt marsh.

Morris Island Light

No longer in use, leaning to the right, a lighthouse has been here 1789. Just prior to the US Civil War the lights here were destroyed by the federal government rather than have it be taken by the confederacy.

Morris Island Light
Morris Island Light

The great Charleston earthquake of 1886 damaged the structure but it was repaired enough to be put back in use. Finally in 1960 the land had been washed away and the light decommissioned.