Wood Stork Patrolling His Domain

This is the first time I’ve seen a Wood Stork at this pond in the three years I’ve been visiting.

He’s standing on an Alligator ramp that is completely out of the water due to the pond being drained for repairs.

Wood Stork
Wood Stork

A number of wading birds were taking advantage of the low water, standing around where just the week before the water would have been up to the tops of their necks.

Wood Stork and Egrets
Wood Stork and Egrets

The Wood Stork was more interested in the platform itself.

Wood Stork
Wood Stork

The last image was taken a few days earlier when there was still a foot or so (30 centimeters) of water in the pond.

Alligator Ramp
Alligator Ramp

Pond of Water Lilies

When I first saw these flashes of white from the road I thought they were birds. It was a nice treat to find water lilies, even though I couldn’t get very close.

Pond with Water Lilies
Pond with Water Lilies

There was a small grouping of lilies closer to the dike that runs along the side of the pond.

Pond with Water Lilies
Pond with Water Lilies

A stiff breeze was flapping the lily pads out of the water in an open area where a single Cormorant was fishing.

Pond with Water Lilies
Pond with Water Lilies and Cormorant

The Long White Bridge, 2019

Photographing this iconic spot at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens with Azaleas in bloom is all about timing. The flower blooms, the light, the stillness of the water, the absence of people on the bridge– all things we have no control over. It’s a lovely spot and I tend to take a few captures whenever I pass by, even if the flowers aren’t in bloom.

Long White Bridge and Azaleas
Long White Bridge and Azaleas

Taken 3/22/2019