Category Archives: What I Saw

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.

 

 

A Graceful Landing, Egret

This series is the wings, all about the wings.

A Graceful Landing, Egret
A Graceful Landing, Egret

Like the Great Blue Heron the Great Egret has many layers of wing feathers.

A Graceful Landing, Egret
A Graceful Landing, Egret
A Graceful Landing, Egret
A Graceful Landing, Egret

Most images don’t capture the full wing span or their ‘cape’ feathers.

A Graceful Landing, Egret
A Graceful Landing, Egret

This is one of the only birds you would photograph from behind  (unless do some research project of course), well I will but most people don’t.