Sunset Over The Dunes

We went out to see if the sunset would hit the Morris Lighthouse (Charleston Harbor) with any type of interesting colors. Not so much.

Sunset Over The Dunes
Sunset Over The Dunes

Luck was with us for a few moments though. Shooting back into the sun gave a colorful look to the dunes and salt marsh.

Chasing Tiny Fish, Snowy Egret

The shallows here erupted with schools of tiny minnows.

This Snowy Egret lost all sense of style and grace, instead he charged and chased them wildly.

Chasing Tiny Fish, Snowy Egret
Chasing Tiny Fish, Snowy Egret

The waters surface was bubbling with the activity.

Chasing Tiny Fish, Snowy Egret
Chasing Tiny Fish, Snowy Egret
Chasing Tiny Fish, Snowy Egret
Chasing Tiny Fish, Snowy Egret

I have no idea how many he caught but just on sheer perseverance it must have been plenty.

Chasing Tiny Fish, Snowy Egret
Chasing Tiny Fish, Snowy Egret

Last I saw he was still running and grabbing off into the marsh grass.

Chasing Tiny Fish, Snowy Egret
Chasing Tiny Fish, Snowy Egret

In general, a great show.

Rose Hill Plantation

Rose Hill Plantation located in Union County, South Carolina.

Rose Hill Plantation
Rose Hill Plantation

The home of William Henry Gist (August 22, 1807 – September 30, 1874) the 68th Governor of South Carolina from 1858 to 1860 and a leader of the secession movement in South Carolina. He was one of the signers of the Ordinance of Secession on December 20, 1860, which effectively launched the Confederacy and ultimately the US Civil War.

Rose Hill Plantation
Rose Hill Plantation

The plantation survived the Civil War because the rivers were flooded at the time the Union Army came through under General Sherman.

Rose Hill Plantation
Rose Hill Plantation

 

Morris Island Light

No longer in use, leaning to the right, a lighthouse has been here 1789. Just prior to the US Civil War the lights here were destroyed by the federal government rather than have it be taken by the confederacy.

Morris Island Light
Morris Island Light

The great Charleston earthquake of 1886 damaged the structure but it was repaired enough to be put back in use. Finally in 1960 the land had been washed away and the light decommissioned.

Ibis Slip By

Up until these shots I was having a good day getting sequences of White Ibis in flight.

Ibis Slip By
Ibis Slip By

These two came past so fast, or I wasn’t looking, that I only captured a single image of both.

The sky was dull and shooting high speed with a long lens means focus issues. I thought I had it all figured out until these guys.

Ibis Slip By
Ibis Slip By

 

Shake It Off, Tricolored Heron

A dark and damp day at this salt marsh. It wasn’t raining but it just felt wet.

Shake It Off, Tricolored Heron
Shake It Off, Tricolored Heron

If you are walking around in the windy water, you are wet.

Shake It Off, Tricolored Heron
Shake It Off, Tricolored Heron

The smaller wading birds were chasing after schools of minnows.

This was a great angle to get the small Heron in action.

Click any image for full size. The feathering details came out great.

 

TPJ Photography