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Great Blue, Avoiding The Chicks

This is an unfinished photo from this spring. I had several, all the same general theme so never got around to any of them.

Great Blue, Avoiding The Chicks
Great Blue, Avoiding The Chicks

Young Herons, Egrets too, are horrible to feed at this late stage. They are terribly aggressive, hurt the adults, and finally almost drive them away.

The Man, Not Flag, Is The Story

Brig-General Ripley did just about anything a man of his time could do. He was a General in the southern CSA army, but that is just a piece. I have seen his grave site numerous times but never really researched him.

So…

The Man, Not Flag Is The Story
The Man, Not Flag Is The Story
  • Born in Worthington, Ohio, moved to New York when young
  • Attended West Point with  Ulysses S. Grant, William B. Franklin, Samuel G. French and Franklin Gardner.  Two served as prominent Generals in the Union Army, the other two Generals in the CSA.
  • Served in the Mexican American War in most every important battle. He later wrote 2 volumes of well known history of the war.
  • He was engaged in the Second Seminole War in Florida in 1849, where again he saw combat.
  • Served the US Army in Charleston SC, marrying into the families of Charleston, and the USA, founders.
  • From 1853–1854 he was the publisher of the Baltimore Daily American Times.
  • He directed the bombardment of Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor on April 13, 1861 starting the US Civil War.
  • After the war, Ripley went abroad and resided in England for over twenty years.
  • In the late 1880’s he moved back to NYC where he died.
  • In 1887 he was buried in the (old) Magnolia Cemetery in Charleston, South Carolina.

These are just the highlights of his life.

He lived, worked, and fought wars all around the world… in the 1800’s.

 

Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, South Carolina.

Daydreaming Pelican

I was waiting for this Brown Pelican to take off, we were floating close to shore.

Daydreaming Pelican
Daydreaming Pelican

You can see he is just standing on the spit of land, the surf  lapping at his feet.

However, nothing.

Daydreaming Pelican
Daydreaming Pelican

So what was he doing…

Daydreaming Pelican
Daydreaming Pelican

Just letting his feet get wet.

A pretty bird, made a great photo, but some action ?

Not happening. Again proves you never know what you might find out there 😂.

A Marsh Scene

Actually two scenes.

A Marsh Scene
A Marsh Scene

Above has a little of everything. Egret, Great Blue, Anhinga, and of course a floating head (Alligator) under the outstretched branch.

A typical scene in one of the large marshlands.

A Marsh Scene
A Marsh Scene

The second, with an Anhinga, shows how dense the marsh grasses grow. Miles of these grass lands.

The bird is sitting on an old wooden structure that we can only guess what it’s original use was.

ACE Basin, South Carolina.

White Ibis

Today the heat was bearable !

Recently the heat index has been 112 – 117 degrees , actual 95 – 100. In Celsius an average of 37 to 46. Oh yeah humidity near 100% with no rain… somehow that’s a real thing.

Today it is 88, almost cool.

We ventured out and were quickly greeted by a White Ibis.

White Ibis
White Ibis

Better yet, he was without mud.

White Ibis
White Ibis

I consider this a win.