All posts by Ellen Jennings

Grackle Feeding Chick

I was busy watching a Green Heron when I realized there was a commotion going on in a nearby tree top.

Grackle Feeding Chick
Grackle Feeding Chick

The juvenile Grackle was calling out his hunger in a big way.

Grackle Feeding Chick
Grackle Feeding Chick

After delivering a good size insect the chick continued to call for more.

Grackle Feeding Chick
Grackle Feeding Chick

The adult was not persuaded to go after another round of food and stayed put, listening to the chatter.

Grackle Feeding Chick
Grackle Feeding Chick

Green Heron on a Branch

A lot of vegetation at the edge of the ponds is thick and tall as we go into the height of summer, obscuring a good view of the smaller herons as they forage.

Green Heron
Green Heron

I was able to peak through some tall grasses at this Green Heron after he hopped up onto a dead branch hanging over the water.

Green Heron
Green Heron

I moved a little further along the path and the Heron took up a different position on the branch, and the water in the background took on a different hue.

Green Heron
Green Heron

Pause Under the Live Oaks

I often pass this line of Live Oak trees when visiting Magnolia Plantation and Gardens and have taken more than a few photographs, none of which really convey the feel of standing under the old trees.

I love the twisted branches, Spanish Moss, and all that green. Last week I stopped as I passed by to soak in the atmosphere and took a few more images.

Under the Spreading Live Oak Trees
Under the Spreading Live Oak Trees – click image for larger view

July 12, 2019

Orange-yellow Canna Lily

There is a small patch of Canna Lilies at the edge of the big field at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. It’s a wet spot and the lilies and cattails seem pretty happy there.

Orange Canna Lily with Cattails
Orange Canna Lily with Cattails

This dragonfly found an unfurled blossom a nice place to perch on a hot day. True to form he lifted off just as I was ready to shoot then returned to the exact same spot,

Orange Canna Lily Bud with Dragonfly
Orange Canna Lily Bud with Dragonfly

The orange and yellow combination of the flowers is quite attractive, shouting out “summer!”

Orange Canna Lily Bloom
Orange Canna Lily Bloom

Kingfisher DIve

This is the first Belted Kingfisher I have seen since last fall and he gave me an amazing, if brief, aerial show.

Belted Kingfisher
Belted Kingfisher

When I first spotted him he was hovering over a small pond. Before I could lift my camera he was gone.

Belted Kingfisher
Belted Kingfisher

He came back a couple minutes later and I got a second opportunity.

Belted Kingfisher
Belted Kingfisher

He hovered for several seconds.

Belted Kingfisher
Belted Kingfisher

Assumed the dive position

Belted Kingfisher
Belted Kingfisher

And dove. I never saw him hit the water, actually never saw him again, despite waiting another 15 minutes.

Belted Kingfisher
Belted Kingfisher

Barred Owl

I was delighted to find this Barred Owl perched over the bamboo pond yesterday morning. Reports from many of my photographer friends have been that the Barred Owl Owlet was feeding himself and neither he nor the adults had been spotted recently.

Barred Owl
Barred Owl

I’m not sure if this is the chick from this year or one of the parents, or maybe a completely different owl. He did treat me to one swoop over the water then did some grooming.

Barred Owl Grooming
Barred Owl Grooming

I didn’t see him catch anything and he was content to look around.

Barred Owl
Barred Owl

Click on any image for a larger view.

Charleston Churches on a Stormy Afternoon

Charleston, SC, is known for its abundance of churches and is sometimes referred to as the “Holy City.” The spires of this trio can be seen from a bird’s eye perspective from one of the parking garage rooftops.

Three Church Spires, Charleston
Three Church Spires, Charleston: Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, Saint John’s Lutheran Church, Unitarian Church

The Unitarian Church is topped by a rooster weather vane, which had a summer storm to observe the afternoon I was there.

Unitarian Church, Charleston
Unitarian Church, Charleston

Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist: Rear, B&W

Many of the large churches in historic Charleston, SC, are difficult to photograph in their entirety due to the closeness of their neighbors. Turns out that the tops of parking garages provide some neat views that get around this dilemma.

This image is the rear of Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist that I featured last fall in my post Charleston Cathedral with Connecticut Connection.

Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, Charleston, SC
Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, Charleston, SC

The dramatic clouds were provided by an approaching summer thunder storm.