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Wood Storks In The Shallow End

And as always the water level is changing in the marshes again. We have had some serious rain lately so you would think the water is deep, just the opposite.

Wood Storks In The Shallow End
Wood Storks In The Shallow End

A series of dikes and water trunks (gates) keep the wet lands flowing. These were taken a few days ago, and the trunks must have been closed.

Wood Storks In The Shallow End
Wood Storks In The Shallow End

A few hours ago (7/15/2019) some gates were open and water was moving with the tide.

Wood Storks In The Shallow End
Wood Storks In The Shallow End

These Storks can fly to tremendous heights, they find shallow water and land to take advantage of the opportunity to fish.

Grand Old House, Monochrome

I must getting my breathing and shooting coordination right, or at least better. The only light in these houses is either a small bulb in the worse location or from the windows.

Grand Old House, Monochrome
Grand Old House, Monochrome

The shutter speeds used are veryyyyyy slow. No way will I kneel down, never hold still enough.

Grand Old House, Monochrome
Grand Old House, Monochrome

The keeper rate is getting better so the practice is helping.

Bank Of The United States (Charleston)

This town is an ongoing history lesson.

The Bank of the United States was established in 1791 to serve as a repository for federal funds and as the government’s fiscal agent. The first building was in Philadelphia, still the capital of the US.

The Charleston building was one of eight used to conduct government business. Of course other banks had opened, felt there were too many British share holders, unfair competition, and the charter was not renewed in 1811. The War of 1812 came along, the bank still had British share holders, things went down hill from there even though it still operated for many years.

Bank Of The United States (Charleston)
Bank Of The United States (Charleston)

Now the building is the Charleston City Hall. As much a museum as a place of town government. Absolutely everything is about history here.

If you visit Charleston take note; public restrooms on the first floor.

Bank Of The United States (Charleston)
Bank Of The United States (Charleston)

Much of the first floor, and lobby here is kept like the original Bank.

There are no signs to let passing tourists know what is inside, and how they are welcome, encouraged, to come in and look around.

 

 

Red-winged Black Bird, Male

This time of year the Red-wing’s are all over the marshes. The males flaunting their vivid epilate’s.

Red-winged Black Bird, Male
Red-winged Black Bird, Male

Getting a photograph, no matter how many are around, is tricky. Besides being a black bird (no color to catch…at all) the tall grasses block them.

Red-winged Black Bird, Male
Red-winged Black Bird, Male

Half the time I can’t even tell if a thin reed is blowing around between the bird and me.

Red-winged Black Bird, Male
Red-winged Black Bird, Male

Back to basics, just take the shot.

Red-winged Black Bird, Male
Red-winged Black Bird, Male

Here, no blowing grass to ruin the view. How lucky is that.

James Petigru (May 10, 1789 – March 9, 1863)

After South Carolina seceded in 1860, Petigru famously remarked, “South Carolina is too small for a republic and too large for an insane asylum.”

James Petigru (May 10, 1789 – March 9, 1863)
James Petigru (May 10, 1789 – March 9, 1863)

James Louis Petigru (May 10, 1789 – March 9, 1863) was an American lawyer, politician, and jurist in South Carolina. He is best known for his service as the Attorney General of South Carolina, his juridical work that played a key role in the recodification of the state’s law code. He was also known for opposing nullification and, in 1860, state secession from the US.

Cemetery, Sepia

The late 1800’s was a time when large detailed statues were included with headstones. I know of some that were carved in Italy and shipped here.

Cemetery, Sepia
Cemetery, Sepia

Cemeteries were considered a soothing place to have a relaxing Sunday picnic. The trend did not hit Charleston, but the builders of Magnolia Cemetery tried their best.