Category Archives: Nature

Butterflies on Honeysuckle

As the morning warmed up I could smell the honeysuckle as I walked along the dike and pretty soon several butterflies appeared.

This Gulf Fritillary was a very bold orange, and in pristine shape like he had just hatched.

Gulf Fritillary on Honeysuckle
Gulf Fritillary on Honeysuckle

Several Skippers were intent on feeding from the underside of the leaves, this one popped out for just a moment.

Long-tailed Skipper on Honeysuckle
Long-tailed Skipper on Honeysuckle

This last butterfly looks like a Sulpher Butterfly, but was much smaller, about this size of a dime (Diameter 0.750 in. ~ 19.05 mm) . Research turns up it is likely a Little Yellow.

Little Yellow butterfly on Honeysuckle
Little Yellow butterfly on Honeysuckle

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
November 26, 2022

Great Egret Goal Posts

It was a nail-biter.

American White Pelican Landing
American White Pelican Landing Between Two Great Egrets

For me.

American White Pelican Landing
American White Pelican Landing Between Two Great Egrets

Surely the White Pelican would swoosh between the Great Egrets…

American White Pelican Landing
American White Pelican Landing Between Two Great Egrets

But no, he ran out of oomph and veered left.

American White Pelican Landing
American White Pelican Landing Between Two Great Egrets

There was to be no touch down score for this American White Pelican

American White Pelican Landing
American White Pelican Landing Between Two Great Egrets

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC
February 23, 2022

Cassia: Wow on the Yellow

I remembered this delightful bush as I wondered some lesser traveled paths at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens a few weeks ago.

Cassia
Cassia

This plant is surely the gift that keeps on giving, as it was just covered with these shapely yellow blooms.

Cassia
Cassia

Some of the singles left on a stalk were real stand-outs.

Cassia
Cassia

Most of the plant was covered with these clusters.

Cassia
Cassia

I had posted images of this plant last December not knowing what it was. Fortuitously, the most recent Magnolia Newsletter had an image and identified it as  Cassia.

Cassia
Cassia

A little plant research shows there are a number of varieties of Cassia and I’m just going to let it go at that.

December 6, 2021

Roseate Spoonbill and Great Egret, New View

…for the human visitors.

A swath of trees was removed this summer along the road leading to Lodge Pond at Donnelley WMA, opening some views into a tree line.

Roseate Spoonbill and Great Egret
Roseate Spoonbill and Great Egret

A Great Egret and Roseate Spoonbill were looking the place over.

Great Egret
Great Egret

The view from their perches didn’t change much, just that they could see down the entrance road if they were inclined to look.

Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill

Drapes of Spanish Moss gave the local a nice cozy look.

Roseate Spoonbill and Great Egret
Roseate Spoonbill and Great Egret

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
October 3, 2021

King Rail and Chick

Cornell’s Merlin App has identified this as a King Rail, a member of the Rallidae Family, along with other Rails, Gallinules, and Coots.

Both the handsome adult and the distinctive all-black chick were new to me. I watched them for ten minutes and the adult kept this posture, perhaps a cooling mechanism on a hot August day, while the chick tottered around in the grass.

King Rail and Chick
King Rail and Chick

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, Green Pond, SC
August 8, 2021