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Around Magnolia Cemetery

A walk around Magnolia Cemetery fills the senses with textures and colors and small views are sometimes the best.

Flowers Through Fence
Flowers Through Fence Decorated with Suns

Shadows and lines surround family plots.

Cemetery Fence
Cemetery Fence

Insects go about their business; this dragonfly was sunning on a deteriorating fence post.

Dragonfly on Fence Post
Dragonfly on Fence Post

September 26, 2019, Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, SC

Ravenswood Pond, Puffy Clouds

The sky was filled with fluffy white clouds and the water was still, making beautiful reflections.

Both images were taken from the more manicured short side of this rectangular man-made pond, looking towards the far end. The corner where I took the first one widens a bit into an overflow outlet where I was standing.

Ravenswood Pond, White Puffy Clouds
Ravenswood Pond, White Puffy Clouds

The second image was taken from the other end of that short side. The trees standing in the water and small island are home to many of the wading bird nests I photograph.

Ravenswood Pond, White Puffy Clouds
Ravenswood Pond, White Puffy Clouds

April 5, 2019

Barred Owl, Waiting

He waited, I waited.

A Barred Owl passed over me and I just saw his wing. A few moments later another one zipped through the tree canopy.  After walking along slowly and listening as the two owls “talked” to each other and several Crows made a ruckus overhead I spotted one high in a tree.

Barred Owl
Barred Owl

He then flew towards a pond where I have seen an Owl before. I slowly walked in that direction, standing and waiting and I finally spotted him. This tree stands in the middle of that small pond. He was a little closer to the ground, maybe twenty feet (six meters) up.

Barred Owl
Barred Owl

I inched around the side of the pond and got a side view.

Barred Owl
Barred Owl

And a few more feet along and more waiting, the sun popped out for a minute.

Barred Owl
Barred Owl

These were taken with my Sony Alpha 6500 with Sony 55-210 MM lens, which I rarely use for wildlife.  However, my Canon is off having the media slot fixed and I was pleased how these came out.

Barred Owl

I heard two Barred Owls talking to each other with that low cooing sound they use when they are on the hunt. After perching in a few spots in the tree canopy one of them settled for a bit above a small pond.

Barred Owl
Barred Owl

I check this spot regularly, knowing that at least a pair of Barred Owls hunt here. Looking through past posts, June of 2018 was the last time my passing here was rewarded.

Sony Alpha 6500, Sony 55-210 mm

Turtle, It’s What’s For Lunch

I saw this Red-shouldered Hawk standing on the ground at the side of a pond and approached slowly. Other times I’ve seen them do this the bird was squeezing his next meal, but I didn’t see any food here.

Red-shouldered Hawk with Turtle
Red-shouldered Hawk with Turtle

Afterwards, when I zoomed in on what I thought was a tree root or Cypress knee, it turned out to be a turtle standing on its end.

Who knew a Red-shouldered Hawk could lift so much?He didn’t struggle at all and disappeared into the woods with his catch

Red-shouldered Hawk with Turtle
Red-shouldered Hawk with Turtle

I don’t know what made the hawk take off; I was standing still and the only human in view.

These were taken with the Sony Alpha 6500 which uses an electronic viewfinder, not the best arrangement for images of birds in flight due to the lag time.

Sony Alpha 6500, Sony 55-210 mm, at 210 mm.

Creeping Shadows

This was late in the afternoon and it was mostly quiet on the pond. You can just make out the half moon hanging. The water was still, creating a nice reflection except where the duck weed gathered.

Ravenswood Pond Late Afternoon
Ravenswood Pond Late Afternoon

About 2 hours later the second image was taken from the side of the pond, about half way down. White Ibis were gathering in one of the far trees for the night and the light was disappearing fast.

Ravenswood Pond Sun Going Down
Ravenswood Pond Sun Going Down

I was on my way out and by the time I got back to where the first image was taken there were at least 100 Ibis in that tree. It was cool to watch but not enough light to photograph.