Getting both warm and dry in the fading sun. Anhinga are tropical birds ranging from the Lowcountry down through South America. The name, Anhinga, is actually an indigenous Brazilian word for ‘Snake Bird’.
The winter weather has dipped to cold from the normal chill here, this lady does not appear to like it.
This Great Egret looks to have a small fish and was heading straight for the high grasses. Stealing another’s fish is always easier than catching it yourself.
That Great Blue in the background would steal it in a second.
This is so common I noticed Ellen, PassingByPhoto.com, had published a shot like these. It turns out her photograph was from another trip to this marsh. And that Egret was running away with a fish for the same reason.
Something I learned the other day after shooting this old house, an ‘Architectural Folly’. A building created for decorative purposes only.
That description fits the gate house (almost) perfectly. Here it was basically a person with too much money. This was 1803 !
I say almost perfect because in 1920 the property was sold off for the site of a new fangled thing called a Gas Station. Old tires were stored in the gate house.
The property was saved and is now a National Historic Site. We now know the house is another type of perfect, a Federal style building with the largest cantilever free standing staircase in North America.