A Great Blue Heron settled in a swampy area, accented by sun filtering through a thin tree line.
A Great Blue Herons was flying loops around the little island, jockeying for nest position. I can’t resist shooting these giant birds in flight, especially with the reddish background. It had gotten quite dark and had rained for a few minutes. That didn’t slow the herons down at all.
This canal runs along the edge of an old rice field impoundment at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. The canal was recently mechanically cleared, pushing back the bank on the right after being nearly choked with reeds and cat-tails.
This gate into an alley way was propped open, giving a different view of both the iron work and the flower box than I often see.
Most of the trees around the pond have dropped their leaves, leaving the backdrop of tree limbs looking dull and lifeless. This remaining blaze of orange set off the Great Blue Heron nicely. It was a bit far and a dull day so the bird is kind of soft but I liked the overall look.
- A single pastel pink rose blossom stood guard in front of a sun dappled wall.
Graveyard at the Unitarian Church in Charleston, SC
November 30, 2019
Single flower blossoms are particularly attractive to photograph as fall winds down.
The first image was taken from the street looking though a wrought iron fence.
The second image was taken from the garden inside the fence, looking out towards the street.
November 30, 2019
Two stalks of a purple wildflower were sticking up over the bank of a small pond.
A shifted a bit for another angle. Then I got distracted from taking additional images by a Great Blue Heron making his nest.
American White Pelicans tend to feed in groups, probably gaining an advantage of any fish their neighbor stirs up. This fellow swam away from the group into a spot where the fall colors from the tree line reflected in the shallow water. I believe the rougher water beyond the bird is deeper and has some flow as it heads into a canal.
His feeding style was more scooping along the water surface, and less plunging of his full head.
He seemed to be successful.
In downtown Charleston, SC on the last day of November many of the gardens had blooming roses despite the recent overnight freezing temps.
One lone bee was industriously working this large blossom.
There are several more buds in waiting to occupy the bee if they and he survive this week’s chill.