Category Archives: Landscape

Azalea Season

One of the most photographed spots at Charleston’s Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, the Long White Bridge is a hot spot of activity this week with the Azaleas in full bloom.

Long White Bridge
Long White Bridge and Azaleas – click for larger view

This has been a banner year for Azaleas in the tri-county area. After last year’s disappointment with a late March freeze that severely limited the blooms, the colors are especially welcome this spring.

Shem Creek Pelicans

Brown Pelicans are attracted to Shem Creek by the commercial fishing activity and are often seen cleaning up behind the boats as they clean their catch. Other times they drop into the creek and fish on their own.

Pelicans in Shem Creek
Pelicans in Shem Creek

Shem Creek also hosts a Kayak/Stand Up Paddleboard rental shop and a public boat ramp for those with their own equipment. This pair of paddlers wasn’t paying much attention to the Pelicans gliding by. I’m not sure how that would be possible.

Pelican and Kyakers
Pelican and Kyakers

Pelicans will land on anything and everything. Their sheer size (between 4 and 11 pounds) always makes them stand out. I liked this shot with the colorful hulls in the background.

Pelican Resting on Docked Boat
Pelican Resting on Docked Boat

Shem Creek – click image for larger viewTaken with my new 20mm lens, 3/24/2018.

Sony Alpha 6500, Sony 20mm F2.8

Shem Creek Board Walk

The shrimp boats and a few sail boats were docked for the day along Shem Creek, a long time fishing center turned tourist attraction when the board walk was added. The smaller inlet off the creek winds around the marsh and frequently hosts egrets, herons and other water birds.

Shem Creek

Shem Creek – click image for larger viewTaken with my new 20mm lens, 3/24/2018.

Sony Alpha 6500, Sony 20mm F2.8

Green World

Partly man-made and partly from nature, this green rock-scape caught my eye on a beach on Route A1A in northeastern Florida. Damage from Hurricane Matthew in 2016 was evident with many of the homes overlooking this beach still in ruins. I suspect some may have fallen in.

Green Rocks at the Beach
Green Rocks at the Beach

I’m sure there is a story behind the placement of these pieces, maybe they were part of a wall or dock. The green algae or seaweed that now covers them was a gorgeous shade of green and the whole thing looked like a back drop in an old Star Trek  TV episode.

Green Rocks at the Beach
Green Rock at the Beach with a Hole

A storm was brewing with dark skies over the ocean adding to the eeriness of this scene. I would have liked to stay and watch how the incoming tide would work its way over this but that didn’t fit the day’s schedule.

Green Rocks at the Beach
Green Rocks at the Beach

Do Dogs Like Sunsets?

Do Dogs Like Sunsets?

Maybe they don’t care, but they sure like walks on the beach!

Man and Dogs Watching Sunset
Man and Dogs Watching Sunset, second dog is directly behind the man

It was a beautiful end to the day, the tide was out and there was very little breeze. The temperature around 60 degrees F (15 C) belied that it is still winter in South Carolina.

Man and Dogs Watching Sunset
Man and Dogs Watching Sunset

Sun setting behind Folly River from Folly Beach County Park, 2/6/2018.