Tag Archives: Winter

December Yellow

This burst of yellow called out when I passed down a narrow path on a recent afternoon at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.  The plant was large, these blooms were slightly above my eye level.

Yellow Flower
Yellow Flower

Regrettably I didn’t even look for a plant tag but did get one isolated flower, looking something like a ballerina.

Yellow Flower
Yellow Flower

December 10, 2020

Pigs! Stop!

Ted spotted them when I was driving and of course yelled “stop!”  He got out of the car but I could not–it wasn’t a safe place to pull over plus I didn’t want to spook the pigs.

Wild Pigs
Wild Pigs

It was almost sunset with the sun was already down below the trees. I got a few images out the car window at a bad angle, in between watching out for cars running up behind us.

Wild Pigs
Wild Pigs

I was amazed how jet black this last little fellow was.

Wild Pigs
Wild Pigs

I expect Ted will have a variety of pictures and maybe a better story to tell.

Update: Ted’s version of events at TPJ Photo

Wintertime Cloudless Sulfur

We had a glorious, if not quite right for the middle of winter, weather day today. It was sunny and temps were in the low 70s  (21C). I spotted several Cloudless Sulfur butterflies zipping around the swamp this afternoon.

Brightly colored Camellias, which bloom all winter here, were popular feeding spots.

Cloudless Sulfur Butterfly on Camellia
Cloudless Sulfur Butterfly on Camellia

This nearly gone by Jonquil didn’t look like much but the butterfly spent some time working it over.

Cloudless Sulfur Butterfly on Jonquil
Cloudless Sulfur Butterfly on Jonquil

This dandelion bloom hardly made it through the fallen leaves, making a perfect low spot for the butterfly.

Cloudless Sulfur Butterfly on Dandelion
Cloudless Sulfur Butterfly on Dandelion

Narcissus and a Wildflower, Yellow

Narcissus of various types bloom in late December and into January in the South Carolina low country.

Yellow
Yellow Narcissus

I spotted several bunches of these petite yellow ones on a recent walk around Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.

Yellow
Yellow Narcissus

They were in random spots with no other live vegetation around them which led me to a low key treatment.

Yellow
Yellow Narcissus

This petite yellow wildflower stalk caught my eye, too.

Yellow
Yellow Weed

Winter Lounging

Even though it is winter, with some nights down to and below freezing temperatures, many Alligators are still out and about during the day around the swamp.

Alligator and Turtles
Alligator and Turtles

Supposedly they don’t eat it when it is cold, their metabolism slowing in a process called brumation.

I still want to keep my distance.

Sleeping Alligator
Sleeping Alligator at side of walking trail