Category Archives: Landscape

Bulls Island Hint Of Sunrise

We hoped to get onto the bone yard beach, so named for dead trees that have toppled as the island’s sands shift, before sunrise. The tide chart was with us but strong winds pushed the ocean currents ashore.

So we made do with a second choice spot.

Bulls Island Sunrise
Bulls Island Sunrise

Near the same spot, the next day when it wasn’t nearly as windy, but we still had to opt for choice two.

Bulls Island Sunrise
Bulls Island Sunrise

Bulls Island is an uninhabited 5000 acre barrier island off the coast of South Carolina with multiple ecosystems including maritime forest, fresh and brackish water impoundments and salt marsh.

April 2 & 3, 2022

A Marsh Scene

A look at a big marsh scene that included a small flock of Roseate Spoonbills way off in the air, a closer raft of dabbling ducks and a single White Ibis in the foreground.

Raft of ducks in the marsh
Raft of ducks in the marsh, including Blue-winged Teals and Northern Shovelers

A little closer look at the White Ibis.

Raft of ducks in the marsh
Raft of ducks in the marsh

Usually White Ibis are in constant motion in the water, poking and prodding for food, but this one was just looking around.

White Ibis
White Ibis

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC
October 29, 2021

Ravenswood Pond, October Morning

The sun had been up about an hour when I reached Ravenswood Pond on this October morning. There wasn’t any bird activity; the pond was choked with vegetation, so the reflections I hoped for were not to be had, either.

Sun Rising Behind Big Island, Ravenswood Pond
Sun Rising Behind Big Island, Ravenswood Pond

There were some rising tendrils of pond smoke.

Early Pond Smoke, Ravenswood Pond
Early Pond Smoke, Ravenswood Pond, Skinny Tree

There is an Anhinga drying his wings at the top of the Skinny Tree, but he blends right in.

Early Pond Smoke, Ravenswood Pond
Early Pond Smoke, Ravenswood Pond

Ravenswood Pond, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
October 18, 2021