Tag Archives: Colorful

Spoonbill Complaining

These are not a very vocal bird. Typically they only mumble among themselves. It’s good to know a species habits when out there.

If a Spoonbill throws back his head and calls out… check your camera settings it’s about to take off.

Spoonbill Complaining
Spoonbill Complaining

Except this guy. He had a lot to say. I think some aimed at me.

ACE Basin, South Carolina.

 

Marsh Birds, Early Morning Light

A few photographs taken just as the sun was coming over the trees. A short time later and the light right here is blinding.

Marsh Birds, Early Morning Light
Marsh Birds, Early Morning Light

Since this small Pied-billed Grebe didn’t disappear under the surface I took the first shot of the day. The camera’s back screen showed an image with potential (we all know how inaccurate that can be) so I went looking for something else.

Marsh Birds, Early Morning Light
Marsh Birds, Early Morning Light

Above is the start of the marsh we were heading into. I was standing on a dirt causeway that connects the patchwork of marshes with a road. I read somewhere this marshland is the size the Washington, DC, city limits. It’s just big.

Marsh Birds, Early Morning Light
Marsh Birds, Early Morning Light

These Gallinule calmly, and out of character, paddled out the grasses in front of me. I grabbed  few more images.

Marsh Birds, Early Morning Light
Marsh Birds, Early Morning Light

I had been hoping to have Eagles start to hunt right here. There were only a few Terns in the distance so we moved on.

Bear Island, South Carolina.

Lady Of The House, Charleston SC

I believe this is Sarah Hopton, wife of Nathaniel Russell a wealthy 19th century merchant and trader. This portrait hangs on the first turn of a the large free standing staircase in their home of 1808.

Correction; The lady of the house in the painting is Mary Rutledge Smith painted by George Romney. George Romney painted this portrait in England during fifteen sittings between January and May of 1786. The painting was passed down through the family, ultimately finding a home here.

Special thanks to Valarie Perry, Historic Charleston Foundation and Jim Boyle the 5th great grandson of Mary Smith.


Lady Of The House, Charleston SC
Lady Of The House, Charleston SC

Charleston, South Carolina.

Where Did They Come From ? Spoonbill

I had been shooting a group of Roseate Spoonbill a few minutes earlier, but they gave the signal and left for far trees.

However, suddenly here were a few more passing low, fast, and right by me.

Where Did They Come From, Spoonbill
Where Did They Come From, Spoonbill

I grabbed a few images while basically spinning like a top.

I gave it a good try, I caught just this one photograph worth keeping.

 

19th Century Bling

Bling, noun: expensive and ostentatious possessions (Merriam-Webster).

The wealthy homes in Charleston in the early 1800’s were status symbols, each built and furnished with the best. It was the richest city in the US at the time.

19th Century Bling
19th Century Bling

Nathaniel Russel was a wealthy (slave) trader and merchant.

These images are from the breakfast room within his three story mansion in Charleston. The home is recognized as one of America’s most important Neoclassical houses. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1973.

19th Century Bling
19th Century Bling

Nathaniel Russell house, 1808.