Mindful that darkness was coming I stopped to take a few images of a Great Blue Heron overlooking the swamp from his tree perch. Sometimes the receding color in the sky is spectacular here; this night the color was more subtle.
An abstract sky over the Ashley River, Charleston, SC.
About 45 minutes before sunset, 12/18/2018.
The Charleston area daylight is down to 10 hours as we approach the last week until winter solstice, technically December 21, which I like to think of as “making the turn”. The flowers still in bloom stretch to get what sun they can.
These pink ones, Gerber Daisies I think, were surprisingly robust with very little actual plant to support them.
Roses will form buds and flower throughout the winter here, although they often don’t make much of a showing as a blossom when the temperatures flirt with freezing over night.
There still wasn’t much color around the pond from the trees or other vegetation. But the water was still making lovely reflections. The birds in the bigger island trees are mostly Cormorants with a few Great Egrets and Great Blue Herons sprinkled in.
Taken 2/12/2018 with the Sony Alpha 6500, 18-105 Lens, Processed in Lightroom and NIK Color FX Pro 4.
Do Dogs Like Sunsets?
Maybe they don’t care, but they sure like walks on the beach!
It was a beautiful end to the day, the tide was out and there was very little breeze. The temperature around 60 degrees F (15 C) belied that it is still winter in South Carolina.
Sun setting behind Folly River from Folly Beach County Park, 2/6/2018.
Another reflective afternoon at the pond when there was little heron or egret activity until much later when the sun was almost down and the light poor.
Taken with the Sony Alpha 6500, 18-105 Lens, Processed in Lightroom and NIK Color FX Pro 4.
The old rice fields in South Carolina’s lowcountry are dotted with remnants of old structures. I’m not sure what this was; a duck blind or dock maybe. Now only the birds use it.
The marsh grasses have settled back a bit as winter takes its toll on the vegetation.
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Another small bird in poor light, but a nice silhouette with the dried berry in his beak. I thought he might stay to eat more but moved into a tree with more cover. Maybe that dried berry wasn’t satisfying.
There are small numbers of Teals, mostly Blue-winged, at the pond and there is plenty of duck weed to keep them fed. This pair decided to try the other end of the pond and took a low flight to get there.
Blue-winged TealsThe white line on the far shoreline is ice, the final remnant of our snow storm and cold snap.