I noticed 2 Alligators, around 5 feet (1.5 m), with a huge pile of black mud between them. Different enough to get a shot since it might be interesting.
The mountain moved. To be precise the mountain turned and looked at me. So yes, it got interesting.
Above is what I saw from a distance. His big ‘back end’ looked like dark mud.
Just an FYI for other photographers. If you have a camera that shoots fast continuous, like 10-12 a second, it’s louder than you think to wildlife. The ‘S’ option might come in handy around big guys like this. It is silent, just slower. I gamble, but that’s just me.
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This ‘super sized’ guy slipped away and I never did see him again.
I don’t remember ever taking a photograph of that spot from one of the dikes.
Above was taken as I walked down the side of this marsh, actually it was a remote plantation rice field a few hundred years ago.
The island has a single (and shaky) dead tree. Here it is filled with Roseate Spoonbills and a Great Blue Heron. Another Heron is fishing in the shallows, and what you can’t see is the scores Alligators in the marsh grass.
Scenes like this just reinforce how beautiful the Lowcountry wild lands are.
Victorian architecture included many designs and images with Egyptian influence . It was the ‘rage’ of the times. Magnolia Cemetery is the resting place of Charleston elite and wealthy from that period so it makes sense there should be monuments like this.
Members of the Smith family (W.B. Smith the most wealthy person in Charleston) are interred here.
Parts of Magnolia are historically ornate like this, other sections simple carved stones, and others poor soldiers and sailors from the Confederate military.
Tall grass and broken branches are common in this cemetery. Sometimes the images from here almost look liked a staged studio shot. Perfect for monochrome or black and white work.
I shot this one spot several times using different angles and distances. In past years I would work with a smaller lens, portrait style. Now I use a zoom that gives me a huge range from true wide angle all the way to almost ‘super zoom’. It makes it easier, and I have many more options.
Both photographs are from the same location. Above was just closer and from a lower angle.