Tag Archives: South Carolina

Evening In A Swamp

Dark, and best viewed on a large screen, but I had to add this on-line. The photograph is a good representation of being there.

Evening In A Swamp - Click To Enlarge
Evening In A Swamp – Click To Enlarge

Each small piece, that makes up the experience is here.

Here I caught the golden hour color, white egret on the small island, Spanish Moss on a cypress, and the main subject an alligator floating by. All that is missing is the sound of the night coming alive. If you have a mental picture, just add a chill to the air.

Can you tell I like this shot.

Egret Fishing On The Swamp Bank

Lately I have been going to the same general location around dusk. It’s both good and bad, however at this time of year it might be the best place to work with the fading light.

Egret Fishing On The Swamp Bank - Click To Enlarge
Egret Fishing On The Swamp Bank – Click To Enlarge

End of day Great Egrets show up to roost for the night here. At least one will work the banks for their last meal.

Egret Fishing On The Swamp Bank - Click To Enlarge
Egret Fishing On The Swamp Bank – Click To Enlarge

With luck I can catch them like these shots before it becomes too dark.

Egret Fishing On The Swamp Bank - Click To Enlarge
Egret Fishing On The Swamp Bank – Click To Enlarge

Heron Still Fetching Sticks

These photographs are actually 2 different birds, however they were both on ‘stick fetch duty’.

Heron Still Fetching Sticks - Click To Enlarge
Heron Still Fetching Sticks – Click To Enlarge
Heron Still Fetching Sticks - Click To Enlarge
Heron Still Fetching Sticks – Click To Enlarge

I think this part of breeding season should be coming to an end. Several females are down on eggs.

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Heron Still Fetching Sticks – Click To Enlarge
Heron Still Fetching Sticks - Click To Enlarge
Heron Still Fetching Sticks – Click To Enlarge

Until everyone is settled in this will be the daily chore. Next is food, constant fishing and hunting.

 

Alligator, Post Card Style

This spot must be special. I’m pretty sure there are 2 different alligators that like it here. Both about the same size (4 feet?). It’s not like they have names tags so unless I can find a special marking I’m guessing.

Alligator, Post Card Style - Click to enlarge
Alligator, Post Card Style – Click to enlarge

I do see several, same size around this spot in the water most times too.

I finished this using ‘old postcard’ look settings I save for landscape shots. Just for something different. I must have 50 photographs from right here so I need to do something! Maybe next time I’ll paint a beard on one.

Night Fall In A Swamp

The center bird is an Anginga, the other birds on either side are Cormorants. The photograph is surprisingly not on the open water. This was off near a smaller pond. These birds are all divers but I guess it was less chaotic away from the rookeries.

Alligators can shake the ground with their deep rumbles. Prehistoric is the only way to describe it.

Night Fall In A Swamp - Click To Enlarge
Night Fall In A Swamp – Click To Enlarge

Swamps actually get louder once night falls. Small frogs and night birds being the culprits, except for the big locals.

 

Anhinga After A Successful Dive

This photograph caught my eye because I was leaning down low to get even with the water. I had been watching this bird fish and trying to guess where he would come up. Most times I wasn’t even close.

Anhinga After A Successful Dive - Click To Enlarge
Anhinga After A Successful Dive – Click To Enlarge

The dark light is due to this area being the first to lose the sun behind trees late afternoon. I think it helped the image be more dramatic.