Charleston Downtown Cemetery

Photographed down a small alley, in the center of Charleston South Carolina.

There are several old cemeteries in Charleston, however this is the only one hidden away behind the fashionable stores, private homes, and trendy restaurants.

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Charleston Downtown Cemetery – Click To Enlarge
Charleston Downtown Cemetery - Click To Enlarge
Charleston Downtown Cemetery – Click To Enlarge
Charleston Downtown Cemetery - Click To Enlarge
Charleston Downtown Cemetery – Click To Enlarge

Most burial sections are overgrown with trees and moss. Because it is so close to the busy streets it seems right to be buried away under the bushes and dark canopy.

Charleston Downtown Cemetery - Click To Enlarge
Charleston Downtown Cemetery – Click To Enlarge

This is a place to be visited again, at night next time.

Anhinga

A bird I had never seen or heard of up north. I think of an Anhinga as the southern version of a Cormorant.

A little bigger, more colorful with the tan neck feathers and silver wings. Still, they dive, fish, and dry out like a Cormorant.

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Anhinga – Click To Enlarge
Anhinga - Click To Enlarge
Anhinga – Click To Enlarge

I have seen them nest and fish in the same rookeries as herons so they have one other difference from Cormorants, Alligators fish for them.

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Anhinga – Click To Enlarge

 

Anole

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

TPJ Photography