Some greenery is starting to sprout but most leaves aren’t out enough to block the view of perched birds. This Red-shouldered Hawk was patiently waiting to spot his next meal in the pond below.
There was a lot of activity to be seen on a late afternoon boat ride into the Harbor River from Russ Point on Hunting Island, SC even as the day came to an end.
From the beach near the dock a fisherman was casting into the river.
A Bald Eagle watched over the river and surrounding marsh from a dead tree.
A pod of Dolphins was all around us as we set out, probably fishing for the last meal of the day.
Off in the distance it was raining.
The Harbor River is at the southern end of the Ashepoo-Combahee-Edisto (ACE) Basin National Estuarine Research Reserve.
The Reserve’s 99,308 acres of pine and hardwood upland, oyster reef, forested wetland, barrier islands, cypress swamp, and tidal marsh combine to make this one of the largest undeveloped estuaries on the East Coast and home to many endangered species.
At the height of summer the reeds growing along the dikes that run through the old rice fields impede the view of the water. Turning them into lemonade, they are pretty with a few puffy clouds thrown in.
Taken July 2018.
If they follow last year’s pattern this tree will soon be occupied by nesting Great Blue Heron and Great Egret couples. Until then White Ibis have taken over the tree for sunning.
Doing the one-legged doze the Ibis stood right here for a couple of hours at least.
There is not a bit of material left from last year’s nests. Any Great Blues or Great Egrets that stake this out to start a family will be starting nest building from zero.
Taken as fall is coming to an end, 12/18/2018.
Not really ice, but the lighting on this pond made it look like a slick skating rink beneath the flowers and crushed ice around the edges.
In memory of and with grateful thanks to all Veterans who have served: US Memorial Day, 2018.
May we never forget and always be grateful.
The 42nd Marine Corp Marathon was held the October 2017 weekend we visited Washington, DC.
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.
The reflections in the windows of a tree trunk and other vegetation was an interesting play on light.
The windows facing front in the same room were a double set and appeared to be the same size.
This lone Iris on the edge of a pond lined with Azaleas struck my eye.
Surrounded by hearts in nature.
Taken last summer at Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC.
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.
Our recent cold weather has slowed the nesting activity with only a few herons tending to nests today.
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Taken with the Sony Alpha 6500, 18-105 Lens, Processed in Lightroom and NIK Color FX Pro 4.