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Exploring Charleston, Monochrome – Black And White

A series of photographs taken while out exploring town. These are all pre-Dorian (Hurricane) by a week or so.

Most of our normal routes to and around the swamps/marshes are either blocked or under repair. Charleston is just plain ’soggy’.

Exploring Charleston, Monochrome - Black And White
Exploring Charleston, Monochrome – Black And White

For these buildings the latest storm is just one of many.

Exploring Charleston, Monochrome - Black And White
Exploring Charleston, Monochrome – Black And White

Charleston has seen hundreds of hurricanes (war, earthquakes, and fires), there are unlimited stories around these streets.

Exploring Charleston, Monochrome - Black And White
Exploring Charleston, Monochrome – Black And White

While the coastal Lowcountry dries out we plan on exploring some of the towns and forests a little inland.

I also will publish fewer articles for the web site. Releasing five or six a day can require we start with hundred of photographs to get the final images.

Reflections And Mud

These were taken near the Ashley River, Charleston, South Carolina right before Hurricane Doria. Water was low, just as the wading birds like it.

Reflections And Mud
Reflections And Mud

Above a Great Egret was working through the mud, while below a Blue Heron was doing the same.

Reflections And Mud
Reflections And Mud

This area is inaccessible now since the storm however I did see photographs taken nearby. A mess, but even though there was a loss of big trees it could have been much worse.

There Are Winners And Losers

Here the Little Blue Heron was the clear winner.

There Are Winners And Losers
There Are Winners And Losers

The Green Anole, a small lizard, didn’t do as well.

There Are Winners And Losers
There Are Winners And Losers
There Are Winners And Losers
There Are Winners And Losers

Herons are hunters that will eat anything they can catch. Since the small lizards are common and live anywhere they often are part of the diet.

There Are Winners And Losers
There Are Winners And Losers

 

Confusing Signal, Great Blue Heron

I was waiting, and trying to keep the big lens up and focused.

Getting a Great Blue photograph just as they take off can be very nice. Their big wing span is on full display.

Confusing Signal, Great Blue Heron.
Confusing Signal, Great Blue Heron.

And above is the first signal… leaning forward with bent knees. When down low they will spring into the air.

Confusing Signal, Great Blue Heron.
Confusing Signal, Great Blue Heron.

There, bending a little further, ready to leap up.

Confusing Signal, Great Blue Heron.
Confusing Signal, Great Blue Heron.

Or not.

Critter was playing with me. Just a big shake.

A White, Little Blue

There was mud and a wet bird. This made a good ID nat as easy as it should have been.

A White, Little Blue
A White, Little Blue

This bird is not landing like a Little Blue. The position of the feet are wrong (odd but it can be a tell).

A White, Little Blue
A White, Little Blue

There is no crown feathers either.

A White, Little Blue
A White, Little Blue

I need to say it’s a young Heron.

I’m not sure it matters, but I can’t help myself.

Green Heron On The Ashley River Bank

I don’t often get a decent photograph along this trail. The trees are dense and hang low over the water. Green Herons love it, photographers not so much.

Green Heron On The Ashley River Bank
Green Heron On The Ashley River Bank

Above you can see how he felt about me climbing around trying for an open shot. Their crest only goes up like this when excited.

Green Heron On The Ashley River Bank
Green Heron On The Ashley River Bank

I never moved any closer so he got over me being there fairly quickly.

Green Heron On The Ashley River Bank

Above is the last shot I took. The light is better since I knew he was not running away, and took some time to change my settings a little.