Category Archives: Landscape

Follow The Leader

The sun was going down behind me as I looped back by the pond where I had photographed the Mottled Duck pair and Tricolored Heron.

I took some landscape images and then realized the ducks and heron were still there, in the tall grass.

Pond, Sun's Last Rays
Pond, Sun’s Last Rays

The Tricolored Heron started working his way back out into the open.

Tricolored Heron and Mottled Duck Pair
Tricolored Heron and Mottled Duck Pair

And the ducks followed him.

Tricolored Heron and Mottled Duck Pair
Tricolored Heron and Mottled Duck Pair

The heron continued to wade and the ducks swam behind, all in a row.

Tricolored Heron and Mottled Duck Pair
Tricolored Heron followed by Mottled Duck Pair

The Skinny Tree, Down The Pond

Just as it was starting to rain and we were heading out  a Great Blue Heron landed in the Skinny Tree. It was a long, soft shot, but I do like all the colors around the edge of the pond.

Great Blue Heron in Skinny Tree
Great Blue Heron in Skinny Tree, Few Ducks in the Water

If you zoom in you’ll see that all of last year’s nesting material is gone from the tree. The GBH nest was where the Heron is standing; Great Egrets built three nests lower down, one on top of the Wood Duck box. I expect a Great Blue Heron pair will start building it up soon as this has been one of the prime nesting sites on this pond for many years.

Sunset Over Marsh

I was standing on the eastern end of Folly Island, facing the marsh behind the barrier island. The pool of water in the foreground has been created by the shifting shape of this beach where a low spot has recently been carved out above the normal high tide line. Tidal action and storms continuously change the barrier islands and I won’t be surprised if the next big storm carves a piece of this land into its own island or washes it away completely.

Sunset Over Marsh
Sunset Over Marsh