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You Can Never Sneak By An Owl

I don’t think I have ever surprised an Owl.

In fact I have been ‘sneaking up’ to photograph one only to find the Owls mate is almost on my shoulder watching me from behind. There was no sneaking going on.

You Can Never Sneak By An Owl
You Can Never Sneak By An Owl

This Barred Owl sat and watched us moving below to get a clear shot. A few minutes later I discovered there was a second, maybe a meter to this ones right side.

Once again watching silly human tricks.

Little Panda, Charleston

Baby Roselyn has had a new gift for a few months now. The drizzle didn’t seem to be doing too much damage to him.

Little Panda, Charleston
Little Panda, Charleston

For 150+ years small gifts have been left to keep her company.

A plaster casting, or death mask, of her is under the tram covering. Death Masks were common in the mid 1800’s but few remain in cemeteries now. Perhaps the covering has kept it well protected from weather all these years.

Looking Down Into A Swamp

These are from an odd angle looking into the edge of a swamp. A trail runs on a small hill that looks down a slope, swamp and canal along the bottom.

Looking Down Into A Swamp
Looking Down Into A Swamp

A great Egret walking on the edge, slowly watching for some type of prey.

Looking Down Into A Swamp
Looking Down Into A Swamp
Looking Down Into A Swamp
Looking Down Into A Swamp

Off behind the Egret a Great Blue Heron can be found in the tall grass.

Charleston, South Carolina.

Tiny Skipper (2)

These are actually two separate butterfly taken along the edge of a plantation garden pond. Some tourist have returned to the area (gone now I’m thinking) and the flowers were being well cared for.

Tiny Skipper (2)
Tiny Skipper (2)
Tiny Skipper (2)
Tiny Skipper (2)

While I am not much of a gardener I do love history. This garden, and one from a plantation down the road, are thought to be the oldest in the US. Both predate the US by about 100 years.

Tiny Skipper (2)
Tiny Skipper (2)
Tiny Skipper (2)
Tiny Skipper (2)

White Ibis

The Ibis had disappeared for a little while. Where I was, they weren’t.

White Ibis
White Ibis

When I finally found a few it was hard work for a single shot. They hid in thick branches.

Eventually some moved out and I shot a few quick frames. Most stayed away which was too bad the drift wood made for nice backgrounds.

White Ibis
White Ibis

For the gear readers, these shots were taken with a Tamron 18-400 lens. A one size fits all generalist.

Basically it does a little of everything, but nothing really well.

However, it can shoot ‘almost’ macro, wide angle, and way out to 400mm. I have a ‘love / hate’ thing here but it fits about anything you need to shoot when the opportunity arises.  I was not planning on anything but landscape this day yet I grabbed these.