Category Archives: Marsh

A Marsh Burning

Smoke hung in the air for miles, smell heavy, and was like sand in our eyes.

While it looks bad it was actually one of many controlled burns we encountered today. It did affect our photographs in places.

A Marsh Burning
A Marsh Burning

I have watched the burns, and the results. Without these burns brush gets thick and would be a disaster with our many lightning storms.

As a city person I still feel apprehension for the land and animals. But it does work, and doesn’t rage or cause destruction.

Stranger still is that we, as photographers can be right in the middle of this. Even drive down a trail, dike, or dirt road with flames right on the side. Today we went within feet of a DNR truck spewing flames to start a burn. Up north they would have closed everything for miles around, not here. It’s about nature and individual responsibility.

A Marsh Burning
A Marsh Burning

Some places can smolder for a week. In a few weeks new growth starts, the charred trees leaf out, and life starts new.

 

 

A Sense Of Humor, Alligator

This is the ‘Official’ danger sign from the state of South Carolina.

Alligators ‘May Live Here’. With emphasis on ‘May’.

A Sense Of Humor, Alligator
A Sense Of Humor, Alligator

If you have a puddle, pool, or rain barrel in the Lowcountry you have an Alligator. It’s no big deal.

A Sense Of Humor, Alligator
A Sense Of Humor, Alligator

I admit this sign makes me laugh. Any time I can catch an Alligator with this sign I grab a photograph.

I don’t think I would poke the little guy, but he’s a great conversation piece.

Through A Swamp, Great Egret

One of my favorite scenes. A large wading bird making their way through a swamp.

Timing and location are everything. Branches, trees and sticks almost always get in the way.

Through A Swamp, Great Egret
Through A Swamp, Great Egret

But when there is a clear opening the images are fun.

Through A Swamp, Great Egret
Through A Swamp, Great Egret

For me the key is to have the right distance too. The surrounding landscape must be in the shot.

Through A Swamp, Great Egret
Through A Swamp, Great Egret

I was lucky to have enough room here to get a crisp clear image of the Egret.

Even The Great Blues Are Disagreeing

I think the chaos is spreading. Egrets and Anhinga are loud and scrappy. Great Blues typical above it all.

Even The Great Blues Are Disagreeing
Even The Great Blues Are Disagreeing

However this one was angry at another Heron for some reason and joined the fighting.

Even The Great Blues Are Disagreeing
Even The Great Blues Are Disagreeing
Even The Great Blues Are Disagreeing
Even The Great Blues Are Disagreeing

The bird being chased may have come to close to the others nest. This would be a good reason for a chase.

Even The Great Blues Are Disagreeing
Even The Great Blues Are Disagreeing

As with most disagreements it was over as fast as it started.

Even The Great Blues Are Disagreeing
Even The Great Blues Are Disagreeing

These big birds do get loud though.

Avocet Fishing The Shallows

This series was photographed while a small group of American Avocet searched a large marsh. The water was lower than usual.

Avocet Fishing The Shallows
Avocet Fishing The Shallows
Avocet Fishing The Shallows
Avocet Fishing The Shallows

Water flow is controlled here by opening, and closing, wooden trunks (water gates). Nearby were parts for new wood frames. I assume the lower water was to make repairs easier.

Avocet Fishing The Shallows
Avocet Fishing The Shallows
Avocet Fishing The Shallows
Avocet Fishing The Shallows

The trunk system out in this area has been in use for a few hundred years. All along the coast were rice fields, this area must have fed those fields.

Avocet Fishing The Shallows
Avocet Fishing The Shallows