A nearly perfect Camellia Blossom, sheltered from the night’s light frost.
Camellias are popping out all around the South Carolina low-country. While any open bloom will be ruined by freezing temperatures they will produce all winter long.
We’ve only had a few nights with light frost and blooms that have opened in between are quite elegant. And attract whatever insects might be enjoying a sunny day, too.
A Roseate Spoonbill with wings full out dropped into the pond.
He was a bit crooked on the touchdown…
but still made a solid landing.
Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC
October 23, 2020
The flower stem was tall and my path was slightly below the flowerbed level giving me a look straight onto this Zinnia blossom.
Morning Glories grow wild along the roads through many of the wildlife management areas around South Carolina.
These pink ones make a bold statement as they reach for the early sun.
I prefer lining them up with a solid background like the first two images with the blue-grey water behind them, but found this final image with layers of trees, marsh grass and water appealing, too.
I started this post in Classic Editor then finished it with the new Block Editor, hopefully without creating display issues.
Morning Glories brighten the dikes at Donnelley Wildlife Management Area.
Here’s a nostalgic take on another vine with some intertwined grasses.
A few miles from where I hoped the Roseate Spoonbills, Would Come on Down I spotted another group with a few Great Egrets gathered in an old rice field impoundment. They took off before I got to a gap in the reeds where I could get an image.
They circled the area, staying low.
A few of the Spoonbills went right over my head before settling in another connected impoundment.
By water drops
A slightly bedraggled rose, showing off its underside.
Another outstanding Hibiscus, with delicate pinks leading into a burst of magenta.
The side view hides the boldness of the middle.
Wild flowers have been allowed to grow unmolested by the lawnmower at Magnolia Cemetery in Charleston and this morning there were more types than I ever remember seeing there. A nice patch of these pink beauties, perhaps some kind of mallow, caught my eye.
A single bloom off on its own shows delicate pink shades.
The ground was dry and after scanning for snakes, ants and other creatures I got down on the ground for a few images
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