Category Archives: Ocean Shore

Sand For A Change

We had a morning of sun and rain, at the same time. No lightning so all was good, the Lowcountry gets some bodacious thunder storms.

Sand For A Change
Sand For A Change

We had planned a walk down to a lighthouse in Charleston harbor but the rain changed our minds. A simple option was the shore along Folly Island facing the Atlantic. A no drama walk on the beach morning.

Sand For A Change
Sand For A Change

The tide was out showing most of the dead trees out of the water. There’s no real ‘bone yard’ here but a few dot the dunes. October/November this is one of the prettiest spots for sunsets in Charleston.

Sand For A Change
Sand For A Change

The small shore birds out number people down on the far end, so of course that was the obvious place for us to walk. It’s away from the lines of rental beach houses, fried food, and flip flops.

Charleston, South Carolina.

Diving Terns

When I first started to shoot birds I would practice on the Connecticut River with Ring-billed Gulls.

Good thing too. If I had found Terns first my camera would have been in the water the first hour.

Diving Terns
Diving Terns
Diving Terns
Diving Terns

These guys are a bit of a challenge.

Diving Terns
Diving Terns

Least Terns, Charleston, South Carolina.

Saturday is bath day, with no privacy for Pelicans

If you’re a Pelican it probably doesn’t get any better than this.

Water flying everywhere, wings flapping, in general a good time.

Saturday is bath day, with no privacy for Pelicans
Saturday is bath day, with no privacy for Pelicans
Saturday is bath day, with no privacy for Pelicans
Saturday is bath day, with no privacy for Pelicans
Saturday is bath day, with no privacy for Pelicans
Saturday is bath day, with no privacy for Pelicans

After seeing his neighbor splashing around another joined in.

Saturday is bath day, with no privacy for Pelicans
Saturday is bath day, with no privacy for Pelicans
Saturday is bath day, with no privacy for Pelicans
Saturday is bath day, with no privacy for Pelicans

I don’t catch this often, a treat to photo two at the same time.

Brown Pelicans, Charleston, South Carolina.

Along The Shore, South Carolina

This post is made up of a few random shots taken along the coast. Some are on the beach, others along the coastal salt marshes. Most summers we shoot primarily inland in the swamps and marshes. Early on we spent some time on the barrier islands, somehow 2022 has seen us bring home sand as much as the usual pluff mud.

Below is an American Oystercatcher. You can’t miss them, not many neon birds walking on the beaches. When in flight you can hear them from a long way off. Their wings beat so fast they make whistle sound.

Along The Shore, South Carolina
Along The Shore, South Carolina

If you live along an inlet in the Lowcountry you have to own a boat, and have a pier. That pier may be a very long one too. Salt marshes are everywhere, so the pier needs to run atop the marsh right out to the water.

That pier (and boat) is not cheap. But if you have the house, well the pier is the least of your expenses.

Along The Shore, South Carolina
Along The Shore, South Carolina
Along The Shore, South Carolina
Along The Shore, South Carolina

Above, a juvenile Brown Pelican floating in the surf. If you visit this site you already know I love the Pelicans. Almost never pass up a photo op.

Along The Shore, South Carolina
Along The Shore, South Carolina

Laughing Gulls, probably more common than people around here. These birds are just as common in the marshes as the shore.

Along The Shore, South Carolina
Along The Shore, South Carolina

This last shot is of course more Brown Pelicans. This was taken at the mouth of the Kiawah river. The entire coastline of South Carolina is a series of rivers entering the Atlantic Ocean. This is why the old plantations here were rice growers, not cotton.

Since we still have months of hot weather I suspect I’ll have a few more coastal articles before our fall(ish) weather starts.