Tag Archives: Fall

Not Stumps ?

Things just happen and at times I can blunder along into them. This was one of those times.

Not Stumps ?
Not Stumps ?

Not waiting for enough light I walked out on a dike path, both sides thick with tall grass and reeds. Taller than me I try not to lean too far into them to view the other side. Might be a nasty surprise, at least in my mind.

I knew there was activity on my left since I could hear splashes, see silhouettes in the dark. I stopped by an opening and waited.

A short time later my ‘stumps’ revealed themselves.

Not Stumps ?
Not Stumps ?

Who knew!

My stumps were actually a large number of Roseate Spoonbill standing, waiting for some light too.

Soon the Spoonbill were highlighted with the rising sun, I had a ‘group photo’ in front of me.

You never know what you are going to find out there.

ACE Basin, South Carolina.

 

Tall Grass, Heron

Tricolored Heron at the edge of a large swath of marsh grass.

Tall Grass, Heron
Tall Grass, Heron

This makes a nice contrasting shot in the fall. Even better since this is a young Tricolored with some of the rusty brown of a juvenile.

Tall Grass, Heron
Tall Grass, Heron
Tall Grass, Heron
Tall Grass, Heron

Summer here even the tall birds are invisible in the grass.

Tall Grass, Heron
Tall Grass, Heron

The Gate Keeper, Heron

I’ve called this Great Blue the Gate Keeper.

The Gate Keeper, Heron
The Gate Keeper, Heron

He makes his home near two marshes, on a strip of land with pine stands and a trunk that controls water flow along small canals. (click to view)

The Gate Keeper, Heron
The Gate Keeper, Heron

A few people come back here to fish and catch crabs. I think he has figured out how to ‘borrow’ their bait. He is always around somewhere.

 

Split Second Of Chaos

Photographs best viewed large.

Split Second Of Chaos
Split Second Of Chaos

After you go way out there, find them, you really don’t want them to leave.

But if they must…

Split Second Of Chaos
Split Second Of Chaos

Please give me a flash of chaos and drama.

There are few opportunities to get shots like these. When you do get the chance it’s a good assumption your settings would be for a closeup, not explosion.

Split Second Of Chaos
Split Second Of Chaos

This day not only did I catch the mass exit, they flew in a circle coming right back to the area.

Note; the image above even has a small Dowitcher in the right corner.

ACE Basin, South Carolina.