We could see a few Wood Storks dropping down in a marsh just off the road. What luck, room to pull off the road and a clear view down this open area to a chaotic scene of feeding Wood Storks with a few smaller wading birds joined in.
The group was in constant motion and some took off for greener pastures, well beyond where we could see.
A few managed to sneak off on their own, busily working the water.
The rest just kept moving further down this outlet.
Timing is everything. When we passed back by this area an hour later there wasn’t a bird in sight.
We had been told by many locals last summer when we first started visiting the swamp that the Orb, aka Banana, Spiders were nothing to worry about. They seldom make their web across the trail and don’t jump onto humans. Sure enough, their season passed without incident, but I still don’t like to get too close.
This year’s batch is now very active building webs and it was interesting watching this female spinning her silk.
Back and forth, hanging upside down and pulling herself along very methodically, she added a new row to the top of this web.
The strands appeared to be different colors as the web swayed in the light.
In another web down the trail the smaller male and the female may have been getting ready to mate. The female eats the male when she is done with him. I didn’t stay to watch.
The Boeing B-29 Superfortress saw active military duty from 1944 through the late 1950s. “FIFI” was acquired by the Commemorative Air Force in the early 1970s and after extensive restoration travels across the US for air events and to share a piece of history.
FIFI flew into Charleston, SC this week where she is on display for tours and rides are available for the brave. I’ll be staying on the ground!
The most well known B-29s were the ones outfitted to drop atomic bombs at the end of World War II, including the Enola Gay.
The size of this airplane’s parts is impressive. I was standing fully upright below one of the propellers for this shot:
After several days of rain we were also treated to some blue sky today, adding to the B-29’s presentation. You can see the feet of folks waiting their turn to climb up into the cockpit area in the shot below.
“The CAF was founded to acquire, restore and preserve in flying condition a complete collection of combat aircraft which were flown by all military services of the United States, and selected aircraft of other nations, for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations of Americans.”
Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States on June 14, 1777. Various local and state celebrations of the anniversary date back to at least 1885 and National Flag Day was adopted in 1949.
Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum proudly displays the US Flag every day.
This banner serves as an additional patriotic reminder as you approach the aircraft carrier.
Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, Mount Pleasant, SC.