Category Archives: This and That

Red Seeds Bursting

These bright red seeds got my attention in a tangle of vegetation on the side of a pond dike.

Bright Red Seeds Bursting From Their Pod
Bright Red Seeds Bursting From Their Pod

Following their stem they I couldn’t identify any corresponding leaves.

Bright Red Seeds Bursting From Their Pod
Bright Red Seeds Bursting From Their Pod

I wanted to get a different angle but I was not willing to step any further in; biting insects are my biggest concern.

Bright Red Seeds Bursting From Their Pod
Bright Red Seeds Bursting From Their Pod

Perhaps this is Texas Mountain Laurel based on a search for “red seeds in pods.”

August 20, 2020

Did You See a Sign?

Surely they didn’t mean us!

Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Herons on Dock
Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Herons on Dock, Ashley River, Charleston

A pair of juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Herons that flushed out of a tree when I passed by landed on a dock that sits on the Ashley River.

Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron on Dock
Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron on Dock

The river is tidal and the tide was in so there would be no river bank fishing for this duo for several hours.

Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron on Dock
Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron on Dock

A Waiting Stage

I pass this tree stump often on my walks around Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. Someday there is going to be something sitting on it for me to photograph, well maybe.

Tree Stump
Tree Stump

In the meantime I’ll make do with the stump. It  reminded me of a waiting stage on this day with the sun giving it a full spotlight.

Tree Stump
Tree Stump

Nature provided some lovely decorations, including a single blade of grass, looking something like a candle.

Tree Stump
Tree Stump

Bridal Shop

Charleston, SC has become a wedding destination and dress shops lead the way of the more obvious related businesses.

Bridal Shop
Bridal Shop

This shop is in an 1850s historically recognized home with elegant porches and dramatic windows. Those and interior details I expect contribute to the dress purchase being an “experience”.

Bridal Shop
Bridal Shop

The fence and closed gate keep passers by at bay. In an unusual Charleston detail, this home has its large porches facing the street, where most run down the side of the building. Placement was determined by the summer heat looking to maximize breeze and minimize direct sun.

Bridal Shop
Bridal Shop

Fungi

These fungi images were taken a few days apart in October. The first one was tucked up against a tree. The tree stood off a path where I couldn’t get closer. The color was what made me notice.

Tree Fungi
Tree Fungi

A few days later I saw a similarly colored free-standing patch of a similar fungus.

Ground Fungi
Ground Fungi