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Getting There Is Half The Fun

I just got out of the car and took a shot in each direction. Just a snapshot.

Getting There Is Half The Fun - click to enlarge
Getting There Is Half The Fun – click to enlarge

We use this dirt road all the time and once in a while it’s not to stop and grab a shot here.

Getting There Is Half The Fun - click to enlarge
Getting There Is Half The Fun – click to enlarge

You can’t drive fast here and besides you could miss deer, hogs, armadillos, or even the occasional photographer.

First Sighting Of The Day, Dolphin

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.

First Sighting Of The Day, Dolphin - click to enlarge
First Sighting Of The Day, Dolphin – click to enlarge

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.

First Sighting Of The Day, Dolphin - click to enlarge
First Sighting Of The Day, Dolphin – click to enlarge

They also move as a group. Above there are 2 in this soft light swimming just feet off shore.

First Sighting Of The Day, Dolphin - click to enlarge
First Sighting Of The Day, Dolphin – click to enlarge

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.

A Black And White Main Street

A series shot of an everyday Main Street USA. The images are finished in various styles of black and white.

A Black And White Main Street
A Black And White Main Street, Bail Bondsman Main Street

The photographs may seem a little stark, or harsh but they do fit the darker impression I am trying to present.

For more details viewing the included photographs are presented in a gallery format.

Click, or double tap, and image below to view the gallery.

Sunrise From My Favorite Spot

I have taken a number of sunrise shots from right around here. Colors and light are so different I can do that without duplication.

Sunrise From My Favorite Spot - click to enlarge
Sunrise From My Favorite Spot – click to enlarge

It also confirms what I had read a while back (and disagreed with at the time) that knowing a location helps make a better shot and planning.

Soldiers Ground (#2)

What I noticed over my shoulder. I was sitting on an old wall wondering which would do me in first, the heat or blood sucking insects.

Soldiers Ground (#2) - click to enlarge
Soldiers Ground (#2) – click to enlarge

This is looking towards the Soldiers Ground, a newer monument marking the military grounds.

A little too much HDR, because why not setup a shot like this when you are about to keel over.

Soldiers Ground

This is Soldiers Ground, a military cemetery.

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.

Soldiers Ground - click to enlarge
Soldiers Ground – click to enlarge

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.

Soldiers Ground - click to enlarge
Soldiers Ground – click to enlarge

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.