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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

Great Blue Heron

I liked this foot up pose, even with that intruding dead limb across the bird’s neck. Over the last couple years this has been one of the favorite nesting trees for Great Blue Heron and Great Egrets so I expect I’ll be seeing a lot of that limb as breeding season unfolds.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

Last year that limb had branches off it, that have either broken away or been pulled off for nest material and this would not have been a clear view. I think the remaining limb is too big for a Heron to break off and put in the nest but I won’t be surprised to see one try.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

Yellow-rumped Warbler

This Yellow-rumped Warbler, also known as “Butter Butt” paused as he was looking for snacks along the tree line of the rice field dike.

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler – with flash of yellow showing

The warblers tend to be fast and elusive, usually working the inner branches as they move along a tree line.

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler

It’s always a treat when they turn towards the camera, even though this is not the Butter Butt’s most colorful side.

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler