Tag Archives: Winter

Do Dogs Like Sunsets?

Do Dogs Like Sunsets?

Maybe they don’t care, but they sure like walks on the beach!

Man and Dogs Watching Sunset
Man and Dogs Watching Sunset, second dog is directly behind the man

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.

Man and Dogs Watching Sunset
Man and Dogs Watching Sunset

Sun setting behind Folly River from Folly Beach County Park, 2/6/2018.

Great Blue Heron in Profile

This nest didn’t require as much updating to get ready for this years’ nesting season. It’s position in the V of solid tree branches may have helped it survive the summer and fall storms with more of its bulk intact.  It’s always surprising how flimsy some of the successful nests look.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron  standing on its nest

This was one of the first nests with serious Great Blue Heron activity a few weeks ago and now there is just a lot of waiting.

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Pond Reflections 2

Today had none of the brilliance of my last images from these spots: it was grey and few sprinkles of rain had graced us. But the pond was just as still and the reflections as clear.

Pond Reflections on Grey Day
Pond Reflections on Grey Day

Our recent cold weather has slowed the nesting activity with only a few herons tending to nests today.

Pond Reflections on Grey Day
Pond Reflections on Grey Day

01/10/2018

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Taken with the Sony Alpha 6500, 18-105 Lens, Processed in Lightroom and NIK Color FX Pro 4.

Wild Pig Getting a Drink

I’ve heard stories and read articles about South Carolina’s wild pigs, especially about how destructive they can be and how their population has exploded since the 1980s.  Depending on the source they may be referred to as hogs or boars. This is the first one I’ve seen and in quite an unexpected spot: a canal at the edge of an old rice field where I’ve often photographed egrets, herons and alligators.

Wild Pig
Wild Pig

There is still a little snow around the edges of the ponds, some of the non-moving water is frozen over and the dense grass areas have ice in them. This may have been the best watering spot he could find, even with the mud.

Wild Hog
Wild Hog

He sauntered away–I’m not sure he could have run if he needed to, being up to his knees in that mud.

Wild Boar
Wild Boar

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