Category Archives: Landscape

Milky Way From Bulls Island

Light pollution keeps us from seeing much of the sky’s offerings at night anywhere around Charleston. We had a fabulous opportunity to go out to Bulls Island last night at the new moon with the milky way fully extended above us.

I read up all sorts of tips and tutorials; in the end just doing it was the best teacher.

On the negative side I could not get sharp focus on the stars so my images are all soft and I didn’t get to a place with a good foreground element. On the plus side, it was a fabulous experience seeing the milky way, listening to the ocean, and taking it all in. I definitely want to do it again.

Milky Way Over North End of Bulls Island
Milky Way Over North End of Bulls Island

Some swaying sea oats lend some visual interest:

Milky Way Over North End of Bulls Island
Milky Way Over North End of Bulls Island

Canon 7D Mark II
Canon 24mm, F2.8, ISO 3200, 20 seconds

Bulls Island, Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, SC
September 24, 2022

Drayton Hall, First Visit

Ted and I visited Drayton Hall, one of the historic plantations on the Ashley River for the first time today.

Due to a confluence of circumstances of our timing, a day where the heat index was going over 90 F (32 C) so they were limiting traffic in the house, and busloads of other visitors we did not go inside.

Drayton Hall, River Side
Drayton Hall, River Side, Some excavation work being done on lower right side of building

From the front, or at least the more opulent, entrance. I found it odd that there were no gardens or plantings immediately around the house.

Drayton Hall
Drayton Hall, Framed by a very large live oak tree.

We’ll go back after it cools off a bit here, and the tourist traffic slows.

Drayton Hall, Charleston, SC
September 21, 2022

Lone Roseate Spoonbill in the Spoonie Tree

The Spoonie Tree is still standing, and a single Roseate Spoonbill was perched there on my last visit.

Roseate Spoonbill In the Spoonie Tree
Roseate Spoonbill In the Spoonie Tree, Alligator on the hummock to right of Pokeberry

I took a walk down the dike and an hour later he was still there, and still alone.

Roseate Spoonbill In the Spoonie Tree
Roseate Spoonbill In the Spoonie Tree

Just checking things out.

Roseate Spoonbill In the Spoonie Tree
Roseate Spoonbill In the Spoonie Tree

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
September 14, 2022