Category Archives: Wide Photographs

Sunrise Bear Island

On my own out in the marshes yesterday I saw an amazing dawn coming, and was still in the car. Worse I was 2 miles from the dirt causeway into the marsh. No place in between to see the horizon.

What were the chances this would stick around that long!

A front came in, I made it halfway down the open dirt road with this scene in front of me.

Sunrise Bear Island
Sunrise Bear Island

It went on for miles, the clouds working the sun for much longer than I thought possible.

Sunrise Bear Island
Sunrise Bear Island

Using, and carrying, two cameras is a bit much. However lately I have a second Canon 7D2 nearby. It worked out pretty good yesterday.

I did not see another person for hours, and 10 miles away. I guess this was a private show 😂.

ACE Basin, South Carolina.

Unexpected, A First, Satellite Launches

This is beyond the best viewed large suggestion. It’s tiny, and a long (long) ways off. It’s the only way to view this shot.

Last night we were out on an uninhabited  barrier island.

When suddenly…

Unexpected, A First, Satellite Launches
Unexpected, A First, Satellite Launches

The SpaceX launch came into view.

At first I though the ship had dropped booster rockets. More came so this was when the rocket was releasing the payload of new satellites. A bit later there was a smaller second release.

Wrong lens, wrong settings, perfect spot. We were out in the ocean to avoid ‘light pollution’ for milky way and star photography.

Flight School, Little Blue Heron

Two Little Blue Herons flying in circles, because they can.

We call this ‘flight school’ since these are young Herons, still white and learning.

Flight School, Little Blue Heron
Flight School, Little Blue Heron

The adults teach them flight by keeping just ahead of the young ones while holding food.

Flight School, Little Blue Heron

Flight School, Little Blue HeronOnce older they fly in circles chasing each other. Fun to watch, hard to photograph.

In Strawberry Chapel, Black And White

I admit that up north history was an abstract concept for me (and many people). You may learn of the Boston tea Party, or Paul Revere but visually it’s a plaque between two skyscrapers.

In the Lowcountry you have early US history, starting in the 1600’s, and you can walk up see it. Not long ago we sat on the steps of a rural plantation porch in the delta. The same exact spot also shared with George Washington,  Marquis de La Fayette, and the ‘Swamp Fox’ Francis Marion. Click to view.

In Strawberry Chapel, Black And White

In Strawberry Chapel, Black And White
In Strawberry Chapel, Black And White

I first learned of Strawberry Chapel in 2016 from a group of local photographers that documented the history of the Lowcountry. Landmark sites like this but also to the smallest rural General Store that were still standing from the 1800’s. I was hooked. Finally September 2022 we were able to get past the old stone wall and visit the chapel.

Strawberry Chapel is a parochial chapel of ease in the lower part of St. John’s, Berkeley Parish in Berkeley County, South Carolina that was built in 1725. Click here for Wikipedia chapel details.

In Strawberry Chapel, Black And White
In Strawberry Chapel, Black And White

I believe sometime the in the mid 1800’s the prayer and wreath were added. They are made of small pine cone petals sewn together.

In Strawberry Chapel, Black And White
In Strawberry Chapel, Black And White
In Strawberry Chapel, Black And White
In Strawberry Chapel, Black And White

A restoration was just completed here. Over the years water damage happened, the walls were in need of a re-plaster (using the old methods), and windows were repaired. I’m sure 297 years has taken a toll.

In Strawberry Chapel, Black And White
In Strawberry Chapel, Black And White

There will be a service and baptism here next month. Usually there are four dates a year the chapel opens. This is the only complete Chapel of Ease I have seen, others were ruins. It’s a National Landmark with private owners dating back to it’s creation.

Strawberry Chapel, Childsbury, South Carolina.

Marsh Scene September 2022

Looking down a marsh, tall grasses and of course the ever present alligator.

Marsh Scene September 2022
Marsh Scene September 2022

This was one of several ‘test’ shots taken with a 50mm prime lens.

The other day I used a few lens for the first time in a while. They were horrible. Keeping them covered, in a case, didn’t mean a cleaning once in a while couldn’t hurt LOL.