Category Archives: This and That

Sound Of Flight, Wood Storks

The other day I heard a sound, maybe my favorite, that I had not heard for much too long. The giant wings of a Wood Stork as they climb to fly.  The marshes are quiet and that sound is unique.

Sound Of Flight, Wood Storks
Sound Of Flight, Wood Storks

We walked out of the woods to the marsh edge, a flock of Storks watched, but made no mad scramble to escape.

One by one they made the choice to move away. The 6 foot (1.8 meter) wings just lift them in the air  and they slowly moved off.

Sound Of Flight, Wood Storks
Sound Of Flight, Wood Storks

We were no threat to them so they came down a short distance up the marsh. Others stayed giving us time to shoot and follow along with them as they fed in the dry cane.

Sound Of Flight, Wood Storks
Sound Of Flight, Wood Storks

This is a place with few people, many times none. And we were double lucky, there were a few old energy bars in the glove box for lunch.

This ‘social distancing’ works for me.

 

The Charleston Post Office

Charleston has plenty of Post Offices, but this is ‘The Post Office’. It’s in the same building as the Federal Courthouse, built in 1896. The first Post Office was destroyed in the 1886 earthquake.

The Charleston Post Office
The Charleston Post Office

It is impossible to get any perspective inside. It is all ornate carved wood and high polish brass. And of course huge slabs of marble.

The Charleston Post Office
The Charleston Post Office

Above is the entrance, a hand carved vestibule.

The Charleston Post Office
The Charleston Post Office
The Charleston Post Office
The Charleston Post Office

Walls are lined with private boxes, and they are highly polished. No finger prints allowed.

The Charleston Post Office
The Charleston Post Office

The stair case is enclosed in a marble, brass and filigree ‘work of art’.

The Charleston Post Office
The Charleston Post Office

The second floor here is private offices, but anybody visiting still needs to walk up these stairs.

The Charleston Post Office
The Charleston Post Office

Being a Post Office it’s open regular hours for a visit at 83 Broad Street, Charleston.

This is a time machine, to another era.

 

 

Dolphin Strand Feeding Project

I came across a file of photographs in an online account I have. They were from a project of providing stills for a Marine Mammal Network video. The MMN provides support, education, and even protection for a special few pods of Dolphin.

These Dolphin have taught themselves how to hunt by pushing and stranding fish on the shoreline. There are only a hand full in the wild most, if not all, live along the Lowcountry coastline.

Click any image to view full size.

Dolphin Strand Feeding Project -1
Dolphin Strand Feeding Project -1
Dolphin Strand Feeding Project -1
Dolphin Strand Feeding Project -1

Above this Bottlenose Dolphin pushed a school of fish onto the shore. Then followed right behind grabbing them off the sand.

Dolphin Strand Feeding Project -1
Dolphin Strand Feeding Project -1
Dolphin Strand Feeding Project -1
Dolphin Strand Feeding Project -1

The next images above show a group from the pod working together. The Dolphin actually cause waves as the work the shore.

I have published other articles in the past about this rare method. Having seen photographs Ellen posted the other day, then finding these, I though it was time to revisit for readers who have not seen this before.

Click this link for an additional informational article published locally.

Below is a gallery of several strandings, click any image for a full size.