Something good came of my forced site maintenance. I came across this photograph from probably 2015.
This is the Saybrook Light on the Long Island Sound. It was a Blood Moon. Ellen was the driving force on this. We had to find a location, a safe place for the car, and finally walk the breakers to a good location.
It came out better than I expected, especially given my lack of enthusiasm about breaking my neck in the dark.
This is what happens when a Great Blue pretends he doesn’t see you. It’s actually the reverse of what photographers do to keep a subject calm.
So, here he is pushing past.
At this point I’m not sure if I should continue with his game or chance another shot. Obviously I took the shot. However, I had to change my camera settings, and lens focus switches all while he is slowly pushing by. I really need a much smaller lens for things like this.
The scene this morning;
The trail is narrow here, above you can see water. There is mucky swamp behind my back foot. I’m as far as I can go on my side.
You never want to bother a wild animal when out there. What are the rules about bothering a wild photographer though?
Below is how we finally had to share our small space.
I’m leaning on the tree… he obviously can see me standing here.
It doesn’t seem to matter because he’s here and wants the trail too.
The funny thing was after I let him go by he was going so slow that I finally passed him. I noticed two people on another trail watching the whole thing, and laughing.
Out the other day I was carrying my walk around lens, 18-400 Tamron. It’s like a ‘jack of all trades’ and covers such a wide range I keep it close by. I do try to keep it at 300 or so for wildlife. I find the various short comings above that.
The marsh has many inlets from the ocean that we have seen Dolphin at high tide. A bone yard beach is not far and some days you can start shooting at the shore and finish in marshes.
The Hampton plantation houses photographed from the marsh creek. The creek was the ‘entrance road’ off the Santee River and the beginning of the 25 large rice fields.
These are among the oldest original plantation buildings in the south. The main house was built in 1730. Being remote during the civil war the plantation was not burned. Also the construction of the buildings was primarily Black Cypress trees. The wood is resistant to insects and rarely burns. The US Navy still maintains wooded areas with this Cypress since it is the hardest wood known for ship building. The ‘unsinkable’ USS Constitution (old iron sides) is constructed of this type of cypress.