Category Archives: Charleston

Royal Tern In Motion

Some twist and turns (pun intended) by Terns.

Royal Tern In Motion
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When shooting Terns I expect a whole bunch of deletes. Because I photograph wildlife almost daily I can get a bit lazy, and in a rut, shooting in flight birds.

Birds like these are good for the soul. Remind you who is really in charge. I tend to get a lot empty blue sky.

Royal Tern In Motion
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Fort Sumter, South Carolina

Taken from the marshy shore of Charleston harbor. I didn’t realize I would be this close, the fort is in the center of our harbor.

Fort Sumter, South Carolina - click to enlarge
Fort Sumter, South Carolina – click to enlarge

This was the spot that started the US civil war in 1861. It was at the time that weapons were becoming ‘modern’ and the toll was heavy all through the USA.

Below was another sight I just discovered.

Fort Sumter, South Carolina
Fort Sumter, South Carolina – click to enlarge

The South Carolina Dept. Of Natural Resources has a dock on this side of the harbor. I found this monument in the back of their land.

The exact spot the whole mess started.

Ibis In The Mud

This what a White Ibis really looks like. A muddy white bird.

Ibis In The Mud - click to enlarge
Ibis In The Mud – click to enlarge

There’s a reason they have this odd shaped bill. Digging in muck.

Ibis In The Mud - click to enlarge
Ibis In The Mud – click to enlarge

I think the only place that has clean White Ibis is Florida, on the side of a highway. Otherwise, there will be mud on them somewhere.

A Swamp, Three Views

While out recently I have been relying on my ‘one size fits all’ lens and a backup camera. My usual wildlife camera had taken a beating over the years so it was time for a rebuild. Add a sore back to the mix and I carried as little as possible.

A Swamp, Three Views - click to enlarge
A Swamp, Three Views – click to enlarge

Being able to shoot wide if needed allowed me to capture things my usual big zooms will not. The photographs here are 3 different parts of a local swamp I walk often.

A Swamp, Three Views - click to enlarge
A Swamp, Three Views – click to enlarge

The green carpet of grass above is deceiving. There is always ankle deep water right  underneath.

A Swamp, Three Views - click to enlarge
A Swamp, Three Views – click to enlarge

The thick ‘end of year’ grasses and duck weed here is making a last effort to take over all the open waters.

At times this particular spot is rich with wildlife. Now it’s a bit slower. No matter, considering this is a place so close to my home I can walk around anytime I want.

Sleeping In The Muck, Alligator

This is ‘green soupy muck’ time in the swamps.

The end of summer, into our semi-fall weather, is when the last big growth of algae and water plants happens. Any swamp areas are now covered in green stuff, you might not realize there is even water there.

Sleeping In The Muck, Alligator - click to enlarge
Sleeping In The Muck, Alligator – click to enlarge

Alligators are completely unaware of the muck. Above shows one laying right in some. Yesterday I spotted the ‘back end’ of an Alligator nearby, but his head was hidden in a green plant wig.

As long as the days get sun and heat up to 78 degrees (25.5 C) this soup will thrive.

Sleeping In The Muck, Alligator - click to enlarge
Sleeping In The Muck, Alligator – click to enlarge