It’s not easy to photograph an animal underwater, from the shore. Most all the images I capture are a dorsal fin sticking out of the water. Hardly exciting, unless you are there.
You don’t typically see much of Dolphins feeding, or even stranding, until the last few seconds. However a lot happens up to that point.
The first clue is the huge exhale, breathing through their blow hole. In this place it is loud, and close. Dolphins first swim close, along the shore looking up to be sure there is no danger on the sand where the fish will be stranded.
They also move as a group. Above there are 2 in this soft light swimming just feet off shore.
In the last image there is a little more happening. The dorsal fin close to me shows a Dolphin slowly gliding by. The back fin is not the same. Compare that fin to all the photographs in this article.
Several of us noticed sharks following the schools. Most likely this was a shark moving along with the Dolphins.
I found a plaque in the grass that I have passed any number of times. It described this section of land, in old Magnolia Cemetery.
The land was appropriated by the Confederate State Of America as a burial ground for military personnel lost in battle. I had assumed it was something like that.
Magnolia Cemetery is the resting place for many old Charleston families and as such there are military grave sites all through out the old sections. Not just Civil War, but all wars. Given the age of the cemetery and location the number of CSA graves is not surprising.
Solidiers Ground is not just South Carolina natives. A walk through the stones shows military members from all over the CSA.
A stroll through old Magnolia is a history lesson.