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Gibbes Mausoleum, Magnolia Cemetery

This mausoleum, the Gibbes family,  has an unusual earthen roof. James Shoolbred Gibbes is buried here. He died in 1888 but other family members lie here also.

Gibbes Mausoleum, Magnolia Cemetery - click to enlarge
Gibbes Mausoleum, Magnolia Cemetery – click to enlarge

Before his death he had the angel statues carved in Italy.  The plans for this building are in the US Library Of Congress and it is registered with the National Historic Registry.

Gibbes Mausoleum, Magnolia Cemetery - click to enlarge
Gibbes Mausoleum, Magnolia Cemetery – click to enlarge

James Shoolbred Gibbes, donated $100,000 to the Carolina Arts Association upon his death in 1888 for the “erection of a suitable building for the exhibitions of paintings.”  The donation was the start of the well known Gibbes Art Museum in Charleston, South Carolina.

Gibbes Mausoleum, Magnolia Cemetery - click to enlarge
Gibbes Mausoleum, Magnolia Cemetery – click to enlarge

Hunting Fly By, Bald Eagle

This was taken while at least 5 other Eagles flew nearby. I was even able to get a few shots of Eagles attempting to steal fish from each other.

Most of the birds kept their distance fishing (and hunting the local Ibis) on the far side of this marsh. There were times they flew all around me.

Hunting Fly By, Bald Eagle - click to enlarge
Hunting Fly By, Bald Eagle – click to enlarge

This gathering might be the start of nest building here.

Cold, Wet, Landscape

There is beauty out there even in the cold and damp.

Cold, Wet, Landscape - click to enlarge
Cold, Wet, Landscape – click to enlarge

This is part of an old canal that linked the interior to the marshes and waterways of the Lowcountry.

View these on a large screen if you can, they are very detailed images.

Cold, Wet, Landscape - click to enlarge
Cold, Wet, Landscape – click to enlarge

Barn Owl, Eagle Owl

A change of pace article. Two portraits of Owls.

I have built a collection of so many like these that I have photographs I have never seen. When publishing from a group of like images there are times you just grab one at random, can’t pick one over the other.

These are the ‘other’.

Barn Owl Portrait - click to enlarge
Barn Owl Portrait – click to enlarge

North American Barn Owl.

Eagle Owl Portrait - click to enlarge
Eagle Owl Portrait – click to enlarge

Savigny’s Eagle Owl

I need to set aside some time soon to look through the collections.

Taken at The Avian Conservation Center.

 

A New Perspective

A place I have seen and photographed hundreds of times. If you visit this web site you too have seen it. (Click here to view a recent shot).

I don’t remember ever taking a photograph of that spot from one of the dikes.

A New Perspective -click to enlarge
A New Perspective -click to enlarge

Above was taken as I walked down the side of this marsh, actually it was a remote plantation rice field a few hundred years ago.

The island has a single (and shaky) dead tree. Here it is filled with Roseate Spoonbills and a Great Blue Heron. Another Heron is fishing in the shallows, and what  you can’t see is the scores Alligators in the marsh grass.

Scenes like this just reinforce how beautiful the Lowcountry wild lands are.

 

Loud, Chaotic, Beautiful, And A Rare Sight

Something set them off and they all took to the air at the same time. It was deafening and amazing, there was at least a thousand taking off at the same time.

What makes this even more special are the mix of birds and how not that long ago this might never have happened.

Wood Storks were endangered and almost gone, Roseate Spoonbills would stay in Central / South America, and some Egrets were hunted to almost extinction.

Loud, Chaos, Beautiful
Loud, Chaos, Beautiful – click to enlarge

Yet here they were, all together in front of my camera.

I have added images to a gallery to allow large detailed viewing.

Click, or double tap, to open.

A Wide Shot On A Marsh, Alligator And Egret

I always like these wide, serene shots with a little wildlife thrown in. They should be simpler than they look. Most times the final photograph is not as good as what I had in my head.

A Wide Shot On A Marsh, Alligator And Egret - click to enlarge
A Wide Shot On A Marsh, Alligator And Egret – click to enlarge

Images like these fall flat far too often. I think these came out OK, but that may be due to the ‘floating head’ at the bottom.

A Wide Shot On A Marsh, Alligator And Egret - click to enlarge
A Wide Shot On A Marsh, Alligator And Egret – click to enlarge