Sundown makes everything pretty.
Many of the marsh and swamp photographs here are taken in and around the ACE Basin in South Carolina. However, there is much more to the basin as shown in this image.
The waters flow through the coastal lands and eventually come here, St. Helena’s Bay. This is considered one of the most diverse, and important ecosystems in North America.
It doesn’t matter how many Pelican photographs i have taken in the past.
The very fact that I can is still amazing.
And when the next opportunity comes along, I will do it again.
As a young adult in New York City I had gone away a few times to ‘sunny climates’. I marveled at the Pelicans. I still do, just more often.
I wasn’t sure they weren’t planning to eat me.
I looked up into the rigging and discovered these two looking down.
Serious expressions here.
Blue Hour; It is a colloquial term and doesn’t have an official definition similar to dawn, dusk, and the 3 phases of twilight. Rather, it refers to a state of natural lighting that usually occurs at daybreak in the morning and during the last stages of twilight in the evening. (Wikipedia).
Above a Willett moved along the surf just as the sun began to cast some color.
The sky here had enough light to shoot, the beach and water still dark. Sunrise was behind me as these were taken.
And finally a Pelican of course.
I missed many Pelican photographs due to working with a tripod and slow speeds. I truly dislike shooting with my camera anchored to the ground. Maybe that’s why I don’t shoot many landscapes.
The light was a giant glare. The only reason I knew a second Dolphin was in front of me was the sound of a blow hole.
There was a few fast spins to confuse any fish. All the shore in front of me was old Oyster shells, too sharp for the Dolphin or me.
A big splash with his tail and he was suddenly gone.
I did spot both later heading back down the inlet to the ocean.
As I’ve said before, you never know what you might see out there.
I think my best shots of the off shore rain was in black and white (click here to view) but I did want to publish a few color images also.
At some point I looked at my cell phone radar app and had just enough connection to see the it was very shown to be a powerful squall.
A good thing it continued up the coast because it was moving fast to shore also. No way I could hike back out before it hit. Besides Ellen was up along the shore somewhere up there.
Curious, yes. Probably about food not me.
There is plenty of competition near the fishing boat piers, some Pelican will continuously patrol the waters around the tie ups.
The Gulls will stay nearby and even Dolphin.
They all know sooner or later old bait, or ‘junk fish’, will be cast overboard.
If you time a stop here when the boats are active the Pelican will ignore you and provide some of the best close shots you can get. It’s not easy to get detailed images of Pelican, I like to stop by here at least monthly.
Besides, commercial fishing pier always have fresh seafood restaurants near.