Tag Archives: Reflection

French Huguenot Church, Pink

Yes, it is pink. And pretty dramatic looking in the Gothic Revival style.

French Huguenot Church, Charleston
French Huguenot Church, Charleston, Ted just visible in lower right

A gap in vehicle and pedestrian traffic, no leaves on the Crepe Myrtles, and a beautiful sky came together on Friday for an unusual photo opportunity of this landmark.

French Huguenot Church, Charleston
French Huguenot Church, Charleston

The church sits across Church street from the Dock Street Theater, and as a fan of reflection images I couldn’t pass this up.

French Huguenot Church Reflected in Dock Street Theater Window
French Huguenot Church Reflected in Dock Street Theater Window

French Huguenot Church, Charleston, SC
January 27, 2023

Black Skimmer, Late Afternoon Feeding

A lone Black Skimmer was fishing for his dinner at the end of the day.

Black Skimmer In Flight
Black Skimmer In Flight

Here you can clearly see the lower jaw extends much further than the upper…

Black Skimmer In Flight
Black Skimmer In Flight

…making it easier to snag prey from the water.

Black Skimmer In Flight
Black Skimmer In Flight

This is my favorite from this set, even though he got so close I cut his wings off.

Black Skimmer In Flight
Black Skimmer In Flight

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Florida
January 18, 2023

Purple Gallinule Runway

I thought I would be leaving Orlando Wetlands without seeing a Purple Gallinule, but finally spotted one out in the open, poking through the floating vegetation.

Purple Gallinule
Purple Gallinule Walking On Pond Vegetation

A half hour later another one, a bit closer, presented me with a reflection opportunity.

Purple Gallinule
Purple Gallinule

And then, wow–he was on the run showing off those massive feet and toes…

Purple Gallinule
Purple Gallinule

…and their ability to spring into the air.

Purple Gallinule
Purple Gallinule

Orlando Wetlands, Christmas, FL
January 18, 2023

Yellow-bellied Sliders, January

I was a bit surprised to see these Yellow-bellied Sliders out of the water. It was warm compared to the near freezing temps we had been having, but they were not in the sun.

Yellow-bellied Sliders On A Log
Yellow-bellied Sliders On A Log

Another pair was on a nearby clump of…something. I didn’t see the one in the water until looking at the images on the computer.

Yellow-bellied Sliders On A Clump
Yellow-bellied Sliders On A Clump

Ravenswood Pond, Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, Charleston, SC
January 9, 2023

Killdeer

Killdeer were another bird species taking advantage of the low water at the Rice Field pond.

Killdeer Feeding in Mud
Killdeer Feeding in Mud

This one was in a nice spot to make a reflection.

Killdeer Feeding in Mud
Killdeer Feeding in Mud

Was he going to take a bath?

Killdeer, Focused on Reflection
Killdeer, Focused on Reflection

Or fly?

Killdeer, Will He Fly?
Killdeer, Will He Fly?

No, he walked out of the water to sample some different mud.

Killdeer, Taking A Walk
Killdeer, Taking A Walk

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
December 28, 2022

Sun Rising Over Ashley River

The Ashley River was clear as glass on Friday morning, and the water didn’t appear to moving, as often happens around high tide. The water coming downstream, from the left in this first image, and the rising tide are equalizing.

Sun Rising Over Ashley River
Sun Rising Over Ashley River, Some Mist Rising Along the Bank

Looking upstream, this large Live Oak was dipping in the water.

Sun Rising Over Ashley River
Sun Rising Over Ashley River

I passed by that tree then looked back to the east to watch the sun’s rays through the Spanish Moss.

Sun Rising Over Ashley River
Sun Rising Over Ashley River Through A Live Oak

Ashley River From Magnolia Plantation, Charleston, SC
January 6, 2023

Consolidated from Wikipedia and Google: The Ashley River is a blackwater and tidal river, rising from the Wassamassaw and Great Cypress Swamps in western Berkeley County. It widens into a tidal estuary just south of Fort Dorchester, which was a colonial settlement. Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site is about 7 miles, as the crow flies, upriver from Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.