Turning away from a wading bird feeding frenzy to a peaceful end of day scene:
The water was still and the air was hot. A few gulls and terns occupied old posts standing in the pond while an Anhinga dried off on a stump.
Even though it was early morning when you expect to see the birds feeding there wasn’t much going on.
Trees and grasses on the other side of the pond made interesting reflections in the water.
Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC, 8/12/2019
At the height of summer the reeds growing along the dikes that run through the old rice fields impede the view of the water. Turning them into lemonade, they are pretty with a few puffy clouds thrown in.
Taken July 2018.
The sun was fully up, the tide was coming in, and there was a lot to look at. I only took two shots of what I now can see I could have spent more time on.
The direction away from the sun as it rises often provides a show equal to or better than the sunrise itself. On this morning the clouds didn’t catch any color but it sure was pretty. Gulls in the air and Pelicans skimming the surf added to the scene, taken about 15 minutes before sunrise.
Once the sun rose above the horizon it was too much to look at. This dead tree made a nice block for some of the glare.
About 20 minutes before sunrise on Sunday, this was a peaceful place to be.
This morning’s sunrise from the boneyard beach at Botany Bay Plantation Heritage Preserve.
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.
July 12, 2019