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Dressed For Spring

We wandered the Charleston, SC peninsula along Church, Water and King Streets yesterday morning and I thoroughly enjoyed the amazing presentation of flower boxes.

Window Box
Window Box set in the window

Houses and businesses of all architectural styles have decorated with flowers.

Window Box
Window Box hanging over the side walk

Some of the containers match the building and others are a cascade of flowers and you can’t really tell.

Window Box
Window Box – pink petunias

Most of these are private homes and plantation shutters for privacy on the inside are common.

Window Box
Window Box with Hydrangeas

Most of these buildings also have functional exterior shutters that can be closed for hurricanes.

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Window Boxes on brick exterior

Many of the boxes stuck to a monochromatic theme.

Window Box
Window Box with pink flowers

This little garden seems overloaded with color and style.

Window Box
Window Box

Great Egret Mate Selection: Rejection

The female Great Egret that I featured yesterday performing the mating dance finally had a prospective mate drop by.

Great Egret Pair
Great Egret Pair

They each gave the other the once over.

Great Egret Pair
Great Egret Pair

They displayed some affection.

Great Egret Pair
Great Egret Pair

Somehow the male just didn’t measure up and was gold to GO.

Great Egret Pair
Great Egret Pair

Undaunted, the female shook herself off and started over.

Great Egret Pair
Great Egret Female

Azalea Season

One of the most photographed spots at Charleston’s Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, the Long White Bridge is a hot spot of activity this week with the Azaleas in full bloom.

Long White Bridge
Long White Bridge and Azaleas – click for larger view

This has been a banner year for Azaleas in the tri-county area. After last year’s disappointment with a late March freeze that severely limited the blooms, the colors are especially welcome this spring.

Swallowtail Butterfly Brightens a Dull Day

We’ve had a run of dull days, no sun and lots of rain. There was a gap in the storms this morning and we took the opportunity to get out even though conditions weren’t optimal. This Swallowtail Butterfly posed for some low light shots.

Swallowtail Butterfly
Swallowtail Butterfly – click photo for larger view

He very nicely turned around the flower exposing his underside to the camera.

Swallowtail Butterfly
Swallowtail Butterfly – click photo for larger view

And kept on turning for a nice side view of his proboscis at work.

Swallowtail Butterfly
Swallowtail Butterfly – click photo for larger view

The rain started again shortly after bringing an end to this meal.

American Avocet

The colors and upturned bill makes the American Avocet an easy ID.

American Avocets

Getting a good photograph across the mud flats of this impoundment at Bear Island Wildlife Management area was another story.

American Avocet – click photo for larger view

This single one ventured closer to the edge, co-mingling with Plovers, Sanderlings, Willets and the other shore birds working the shallow water.

Shore Birds Working the Mud Flats

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC, 4/26/2017.

Spring is for Lambs

New lambs have arrived at the Middleton Place barnyard. Cute is the only word for them. Ranging from one day to one week old, these lambs were in a pen with their mothers, all trying to figure out how the world works.

Pardon me while I squeeze under you – click photo for larger view

The whole group was in constant motion and regrettably I should have taken these shots at a faster shutter speed.

Lambs at Middleton Place – click photo for larger view

In the photo below the youngest lamb, in the back, is less than 24 hours old. The three in the middle, perhaps triplets,  mostly stuck together and practiced their “bahhing” for awhile.

Lambs
Lambs – click photo for larger view

A pair of farm workers were making some repairs to the pen, probably to prevent escapes under the fence by the new tiny occupants. The little guy below was most interested in what they were up to.

Inquisitive lamb – click photo for larger view

This mother sheep had plenty to say, too.

Bleeting Sheep
Bleeting Sheep – click photo for larger view

The farm’s adult sheep are looking a little bedraggled and will be shorn this weekend.

Middleton Place Barnyard, SC, May 1, 2017.