Tuesday, March 22, 2011

WBW 18--Santee SP

About a week ago I had to get out ...needed some fresh air..but it was hard to find..took a drive to Santee State Park, located on the west side of Lake Marion in the PeeDee region of South Carolina the lake is famous for bass fishing and Ospreys!  It was so hazy...and the water was so still...the light was flat and hard to get a decent photo of anything...but life is not always in Kodachrome! HOW about Monochrome?...so this is what I came back with on that outting--

The Lake
These ring billed gulls made several attempts at grabbing something in the water...they have webbed feet so I can't imagine what they hoped to grab/snag!
a thin line of double crested coromorants made a sweep over the lake looking for food...
A couple of gulls took a slow ride on a log drifting with the easy current...

the Laughing Gulls are getting the famous black head for breeding season...

while I was parking the car I spotted an Osprey with a 3 lb bass in his talons he was being swamped by other Ospreys who hoped he would drop his catch... but like I said I was parking the car...got this fly by later and the sky straight up was blue...but the haze continued to hover over the lake...
The Dogwood blossoms are peeking through the Spanish Moss that seems to thrive in this part of the state.  ITS Spring ~Full Blown~


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24 comments:

  1. A great set of photos. Very beautiful. Stunning!
    Have a nice day.

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  2. I really like your 'monochrome' photos. The first one is especially beautiful. Great shot of the Osprey in flight too.

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  3. Brilliant shots, especially the Osprey, what a picture.

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  4. Wow!! That Osprey is a beauty. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  5. The first image is FAB Sondra. Blossom and over-flying Osprey, what could be better.

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  6. Very good set of pictures! I think the car parks are under valued as bird watching venues! Something always seems to turn up just as you are getting in the car!

    Cheers - Stewart M

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  7. nice in flight shot of the osprey.

    Sometimes days like that makes for great shots. There is a certain softness about it.

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  8. The lake in the first shot looks stunning. And an Osprey too; perfect!

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  9. I like your WBW. Always look forward to the photos you will post.

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  10. A beautiful landscape and stunning flight images. Lovely post.

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  11. I'm so glad you got our to gift us with these images. Thank you.

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  12. Oh Sondra! What wondrous sights you witnessed. This locale is certainly ethereal as your photos express eloquently.
    Thanks for the good laugh too, the "Money Shot" is so elusive. I would have dearly loved to see your Osprey lugging a 3 pound fish. But really, your in-flight capture is crazy good and I hope it eased your frustration somewhat!

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  13. Sondra, this is a fine collection of fabulous photos!

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  14. Very nice photos Sondra. Looks like a very picturesque lake. Great Osprey.

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  15. Sondra- you were exactly 6 miles from my mother's house and my brother's--he lives next door to Mother! Your pictures are wonderful!

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  16. All the shots are super but the second one of the 2 Ospreys skimming the water is priceless!

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  17. Beautiful photos. Our ospreys haven't returned quite yet. There are some nests nearby.

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  18. Great post Sondra. I love the variety of birds you have given us to enjoy. The action shots of the gulls are great and the Osprey overhead is fabulous!

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  19. Oh man, driving and seeing a bird doing something cool (like holding a big ole fish) makes me crazy! Last year a crow flew past my windshield holding an intact perfect slice of pizza... Of course my dog was the only witness.

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  20. I love the landscape photos with those spindly cypress trees and the mirror-like water! Beautiful also the dogwood blossom and the osprey.

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  21. What a lovely visit to the park!

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  22. This is such a beautiful set of shots! #1 and #2 are my favourites.

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  23. This is such a lovely, peaceful post.
    The gulls,..., well, maybe they tried some surfing on the water?
    ;)
    That is such a gorgeous lake there, wow :D
    I know the breathing part. It's getting harder over here too :/

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