Oyster Catcher Close Up

This is about as close as I could get to an Oyster Catcher. After viewing the shots I was surprised by their eyes, and the feather color surrounding them. This image shows it almost looks like eye makeup!

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Oyster Catcher – Click To Enlarge
Oyster Catcher - Click To Enlarge
Oyster Catcher – Click To Enlarge
Oyster Catcher - Click To Enlarge
Oyster Catcher – Click To Enlarge

Another thing that I didn’t know is how fast and frantic they fly. Wings flap hard, loud screeching, and zooming all around.

Abandoned Southern Great House

Not all the grand old southern houses have been restored.

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Abandoned Southern Great House – Click To Enlarge

Once this building must have been magnificent. Now it’s in ruins and I guess waiting to be demolished. Even in this state it is just a grand building.

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Abandoned Southern Great House – Click To Enlarge

These photographs were taken on the Old Navy Base in North Charleston SC., (1890 – 1996).

Roseate Tern

This is a Roseate Tern. Primarily a tropical bird, staying in the warmer oceans.  I have never seen one before. This was the only one here so I assume he was a little lost.

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Roseate Tern – Click To Enlarge

This photograph was taken off a boat launch pier near the Charleston SC port. I noticed a fast bird diving with tern colors I did not recognize. The bill is jet black.

 

Soft HDR Rain Seascapes

Both photographs here are 3 image HDR composites. Each is a 1 +/- exposure.  I have shot this location before, also on a damp day.

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Soft HDR Rain Seascapes – Click To Enlarge

I think the low light and rain coming across the water made these interesting.  Poor visibility certainly helped. In the distance is a port for container ships. While interesting I prefer less here.

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Soft HDR Rain Seascapes – Click To Enlarge

BTW, I also had to clone out a Gull that photo bombed me in the shot above. Because it was 3 images he had ‘3’ shadowy wings as he charged through.

McLeod Plantation House

The header image here is an HDR composite of 3 separate photographs taken of the McLeod Plantation on James Island, South Carolina. Interesting to me is how it does not fit the ‘Hollywood’ image of a southern plantation building. However, the actually buildings I have seen all look like this, not ‘Gone With The Wind’.

Click here for a history of the Plantation.

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McLeod Plantation House – Click To Enlarge

Now the image above fits the movie image perfect.

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McLeod Plantation House – Click To Enlarge

The only catch is, the main photo was the original entrance, the Hollywood version added after the civil war. Both the Confederate and Union armies occupied the building at some point. Like all plantation properties the war damaged was extensive.

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McLeod Plantation House – Click To Enlarge

This image displays the original lane / road to the main house, alongside were the quarters where over 60 enslaved West Africans lived.

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McLeod Plantation House – Click To Enlarge

Records show up to 10 people lived in these small single room buildings. Food was grown behind each.

I believe the buildings a property are now owned by Charleston County.

 

 

 

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