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Green Heron – Dead Branch, 2 Lenses, Part 2

Part 1 featured images of this Green Heron cropped square, endeavoring to show the bird framed by the dead branch.

Here are some other shots showing off the Heron, and that gnarly stick, a bit more.

Green Heron
Green Heron – Canon 100mm Macro

A little different angle, closer in on the bird, but unfortunately without those puffy white clouds.

Green Heron - Canon 100-400mm
Green Heron – Canon 100-400mm, at 300mm

I waited in vain for the Heron to turn the other way for a different composition. I was repositioning, watching where I was putting my feet, and the bird flew off.

Green Heron - Canon 100-400mm
Green Heron – Canon 100-400mm, at 225mm

Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, SC
August 7, 2022

Green Heron – Dead Branch, 2 Lenses

I had my Canon 100mm Macro and Canon 100-400mm lenses with me on a recent trip to Magnolia Cemetery. A Green Heron hanging out on a dead branch gave me an opportunity to use both.

Green Heron
Green Heron – Canon 100mm Macro

I was trying to frame the entire shot with the branch but other hanging vegetation nixed that idea. These  images are all cropped square for the most interesting compositions.

Green Heron
Green Heron – Canon 100mm Macro

Puffy white clouds added a nice element.

Green Heron - Canon 100-400mm
Green Heron – Canon 100-400mm at 100mm

I was able to edit this final image taken with the 100-400mm lens in Lightroom to lighten the limb and the bird a bit. Interestingly, the same edit on the images with the 100mm lens had a very unnatural looking result.

Green Heron - Canon 100-400mm
Green Heron – Canon 100-400mm at 100mm

Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, SC
August 7, 2022

Resurrection Fern, On Brick

Resurrection Fern is the common name of the species Polypodium polypodioides, a plant  that grows on the surface of other plants and trees, and is most well known on Live Oaks around the Low Country of South Carolina. It springs to life when it rains, then slowly dries up, appearing dead.

Conversation with New Zealand blogger Ms. Liz about her post of a fern at Exploringcolour.wordpress.com/ has inspired me to work on ferns today. I thought I’d start small.

Resurrection Fern on Brick Wall
Resurrection Fern on Brick Wall

These fronds are typically 4 to 12 inches (10 to 30 centimeters) in length (National Wildlife Federation) and this particular collection was smaller.

Resurrection Fern on Brick Wall
Resurrection Fern on Brick Wall, Dried Magnolia Seed Pod

The images in today’s post are of the fern growing on this  brick wall that encloses a cemetery plot. A one inch (2.5 cm) plus rainfall the day before had worked its magic and the fern was looking quite lively. I suspect squirrels use this wall as a lunch spot accounting for the partially chewed Magnolia seed pod.

Resurrection Fern on Brick Wall
Resurrection Fern on Brick Wall, Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, SC

I’m using the term Resurrection Fern loosely here, as it appears to me there are multiple variations and I know nothing about more specific identification.

Resurrection Fern on Brick Wall
Resurrection Fern on Brick Wall

Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, SC
December 31, 2021

I’ve posted about this fern a few times and it’s not uncommon for it to appear in other images along side a bird. Other Resurrection Fern Posts