Dry And Warm, Anhinga

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.

Dry And Warm, Anhinga
Dry And Warm, Anhinga

Going To A Safe Place, Egret

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.

Going To A Safe Place, Egret
Going To A Safe Place, Egret

That Great Blue in the background would steal it in a second.

Going To A Safe Place, Egret
Going To A Safe Place, Egret

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.

Going To A Safe Place, Egret
Going To A Safe Place, Egret

 

Odd Pair, Anhinga And Pelican

Most birds keep away from the White Pelicans. No fast exit, just move off and give them space. I assumed it was because they are big and they plod along in groups.

Odd Pair, Anhinga And Pelican
Odd Pair, Anhinga And Pelican

Now I think it’s because they are also big bullies. I saw one almost mug a Cormorant and here this Pelican was sitting and watching the Anhinga.

Maybe the big birds are smarter than I gave them credit for.

Architectural Folly, 1803

Something I learned the other day after shooting this old house, an ‘Architectural Folly’. A building created for decorative purposes only.

Architectural Folly.
Architectural Folly.

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.

Manigault House, Charleston, South Carolina.

 

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