Tag Archives: Fall

Pink Fly By, Roseate Spoonbill

This Spoonbill was part of a group that did their best to stay out of photograph reach. However, one particular bird flew laps around the open water at just the right height to catch the fall marsh grasses in the background.

‘I hate when this happens’.

Pink Fly By, Roseate Spoonbill
Pink Fly By, Roseate Spoonbill

ACE Basin, South Carolina.

A Wide Shot, Pelicans

The last few weeks I have made a point of using a second camera with a short lens as well as pulling the long lens back. It’s nice to see details, some animals up close, but the environment is a big part of the story for me.

Best viewed large.

A Wide Shot, Pelicans
A Wide Shot, Pelicans

These photographs are one of the larger flocks of White Pelicans that are moving around the marshes.

A Wide Shot, Pelicans
A Wide Shot, Pelicans

The big groups seem to break up into smaller ones, move off, and then join up when they come back doen.

A Wide Shot, Pelicans
A Wide Shot, Pelicans

A typical single flock lately has been around 75 birds each.

ACE Basin, South Carolina.

Plantation Grounds From A Hill

One of the few hillsides around here is behind the Middleton Plantation grounds. We walked the ridgeline heading over to the Ashley River a week ago. Having a short lens and backup camera I grabbed several wide photographs.

Plantation Grounds From A Hill
Plantation Grounds From A Hill

The first image is of the original Plantation Chapel.

Plantation Grounds From A Hill
Plantation Grounds From A Hill

The grounds still have one of the largest formal gardens in the US, first created in 1741. The Civil War destroyed much of the Plantation with the gardens falling into disrepair until restored in 1901 by the one of the original families.

Plantation Grounds From A Hill
Plantation Grounds From A Hill

Above, the foreground ponds are part of the gardens, however the pond water in the far background was actually the start of the rice fields.

I usually only walk this trail once a year to shoot the spring flowers. The views are nice so I may try a visit up there mid winter, might be nice.

Searching For A Full Moon

The other day was the Hunter, Harvest, Somebodies, full moon. Ellen is the night time landscape person. I’m the tag along. Looking at maps and an App she determined the moon would rise right over the Ashley River and down the hills of old Middleton Plantation. Off we went.

Searching For A Full Moon
Searching For A Full Moon

Above, and below, are the old stairs and path running right down to the slopes to the Ashley. The sun was setting behind making nice shadows. The old bricks here are from the main house burned during the civil war.

Searching For A Full Moon
Searching For A Full Moon

Below is the old right flanker building from the path. The main building had ‘flankers’, smaller builders, on either side. Only one remains.

Searching For A Full Moon
Searching For A Full Moon

Finally the moon did manage to make an appearance.

Searching For A Full Moon
Searching For A Full Moon

Not great, too dark when it ultimately showed up. Still it’s a full moon over the Ashley and marsh on a nice fall night. We live right up the road so dinner was not late at all.