Anole

After awhile you (almost) ignore them. The Anole, this is the original Carolina Anole. Click here for info.

Anole - Click To Enlarge
Anole – Click To Enlarge

Most homes in South Carolina have a porch. Most homes in South Carolina have an Anole on the porch. If you are careful that’s as close as they get.

Anole - Click To Enlarge
Anole – Click To Enlarge

Interesting little things and after some time you almost look around for them when they are missing.

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Anole – Click To Enlarge

Great Egret In Flight

A Great Egret in flight makes hardly a sound. They can be surprising fast, but usually they push slowly with their powerful wings. During any given day probably 1/2 the Egrets we see are missed opportunities because we didn’t hear them in time.

Great Egret In Flight - Click To Enlarge
Great Egret In Flight – Click To Enlarge

Catching a good photograph of a flight has the usual problems of  getting focus and speed. However because they are such a large bird the focus ‘spot’ is critical also. Mid body or shoulder is best for me. If not either the front or back of the bird is out of focus. They are that big during a close up photo.

Great Egret In Flight - Click To Enlarge
Great Egret In Flight – Click To Enlarge

I prefer to be a little further away than these shots just for that reason. This was a 10 shot series, maybe 3 were decent focus.

Perspective On A Marsh

Recently many of our photographs have been taken in the marshes by the Ashley or Stono rivers. Seeing the landscape up close is much different than a wide view of the marshes themselves.

Perspective Of A Marsh - Click To Enlarge
Perspective Of A Marsh – Click To Enlarge

The image above is a line where the canebrake, grasses, and canal meet. For a size perspective click to enlarge the photo. You will see both a Great Blue Heron and Great Egret in the canal.

Great Blue Hidden In Marsh Reeds - Click To Enlarge
Great Blue Hidden In Marsh Reeds – Click To Enlarge

This heron above was in the same general area. Cane in the background dwarfs the heron, who was probably almost 5 feet tall.

Ashley River Marsh, South Carolina - Click To Enlarge
Ashley River Marsh, South Carolina – Click To Enlarge

There is no way to walk across this marsh, however based on an app on my phone I can estimate it is about 1 mile wide, maybe a 3 mile walk around the main dike. The marsh does continue for miles down the Ashley river.

Perspective Of A Marsh - Click To Enlarge
Perspective Of A Marsh – Click To Enlarge

Above an egret lands in the canebrake. Again a large bird, but about to disappear.

Perspective Of A Marsh - Click To Enlarge
Perspective Of A Marsh – Click To Enlarge
Perspective Of A Marsh - Click To Enlarge
Perspective Of A Marsh – Click To Enlarge

The last photograph here makes it clear to me why getting the images in a marsh is so satisfying to me. The area is huge, beautiful and hostile at the same time. Capturing just a single bird here is a privilege.

 

 

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