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Triplet Windows

The windows on the end of the abandoned Boynton House at South Carolina’s Donnelley Wildlife Management Area intrigued me. Why three and interesting that they are lined up with the roof peak not centered in the room that appears to run front to back of the house.

Boynton House
Boynton House

The reflections in the windows of a tree trunk and other vegetation was an interesting play on light.

Boynton House
Boynton House

The windows facing front in the same room were a double set and appeared to be the same size.

Boynton House
Boynton House

Pond Reflections 2

Today had none of the brilliance of my last images from these spots: it was grey and few sprinkles of rain had graced us. But the pond was just as still and the reflections as clear.

Pond Reflections on Grey Day
Pond Reflections on Grey Day

Our recent cold weather has slowed the nesting activity with only a few herons tending to nests today.

Pond Reflections on Grey Day
Pond Reflections on Grey Day

01/10/2018

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Taken with the Sony Alpha 6500, 18-105 Lens, Processed in Lightroom and NIK Color FX Pro 4.

Movement in the Water

The movement was subtle, especially for a 15 foot Alligator.  I’m guessing on the length–I could just say very long. This fellow was swimming quietly, but covering some distance.

Alligator Swimming Across Pond
Alligator Swimming Across Pond

He had places to go and wasn’t wasting any time getting there, swimming in a straight line from where I first spotted the movement towards an island where the Alligators often lounge at the edge of the water. And watch for wading birds to land or chicks to fall.

Alligator Swimming Across Pond
Alligator Swimming Across Pond

With the length of his back out of the water and a tree for reference you can see just how big

Alligator Swimming Across Pond
Alligator Swimming Across Pond

I didn’t see the second one until I was looking at the photos later. Tucked under the branches on the left, he didn’t move as the older and much larger beast went by.

Alligator Swimming Across Pond
Alligator Swimming Across Pond

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White Ibis Pair

This pair of White Ibis were sitting quietly in a tree when I came upon them at the pond last week, beaks tucked in and one blue eye showing. A pair of Great Blue Herons are making a nest just above this limb and I was surprised the Ibis weren’t driven away in a territory dispute.

Pair of White Ibis
Pair of White Ibis

One was a little more alert, perhaps the lookout or maybe ready to move on. It was a gray day showing off the colors of the mossy tree.

Pair of White Ibis
Pair of White Ibis

I walked passed the tree and the Ibis pair put some space between them. From this angle around the corner you can see how close the Great Blue Heron from the tier above was to the Ibis.

Pair of White Ibis
Pair of White Ibis and a Great Blue Heron

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Taken 12/26/2017.

Sharing Space

The turtles are the most likely to be seen sharing space with other creatures around the swamp and ponds. They crave the sun just like the alligators on this reptile ramp and don’t show any fear in the presence of an alligator that could easily eat them.

Alligator and Turtles
Alligator and Turtles

Wading birds like this Great Egret like a sunny spot, too, and easily find a spot in between the turtles on a nearby ramp.

Great Egret and Turtles
Great Egret and Turtles

I don’t know what this “foot in the air” display from the turtle just to the right of the egret is all about, but a little further along in another small pond I saw it again, with both hind feet straight out.

Two Turtles Sharing a Log
Two Turtles Sharing a Log

Symmetry in the Pond

We see much of the Great Blue Heron nesting and flying action that we witness from the path that runs through the trees on this end of the pond. The  pond is a man-made, roughly a rectangle, with a paved path that runs along three sides.

End of the Pond, Reflected
End of the Pond, Reflected

The portrait oriented photo above gives a better sense of the height of the trees, but doesn’t show the width of the pond the way the landscape oriented image does, below (click on image for larger view).

End of the Pond, Reflected
End of the Pond, Reflected, Great Blue Heron nesting tree at far left.

December 22, 2017