Sunday, August 4, 2019

AUGUST--> then fall

I am trying to bid on a couple cameras on ebay, I got outbid right away so we'll see.  Tonight I was in a last minute literally bidding war.  It was seriously tense..I lost! I'm actually bidding on the exact camera I have!  I love this camera, hate that I damaged it, but each ding, drop, and bang was earned enjoying my life and living it with zest!  Still it takes good photos, but it does not want to focus on digital zoom. So birds are hard to capture if they are far away. 

I wanted to catch the tail end of the cool weather spell we were having so up at 6 am last Sunday... I was off to the hotspot and had some of the expected birds up and about...like this Anhinga already drying his feathers from his morning swim.


There was a lifting fog still clinging to the lake 







This immature Chipping Sparrow along with his brother was on the ground exploring this big new world.


This Great Blue Heron flushed up to the top of this flat topped Cyprus...


While the wily Red Shouldered Hawk lay in wait...hopefully not for the young birds I see frolicking all around. 


The good news for this day was a (#114) White Breasted Nuthatch I spotted harassing some red bellied woodpecker by accident...so another addition for the 5 mile radius.  This is my only July addition.  Got this one really awful for the record shot...then he zoomed off to deeper cover when the red bellied mama got after him. 


You can just barely tell what it is. At first I thought I caught his backside but nope its his face, beak turned to the left.  I'm busy turning those grey bars to green in my hotspot ebird bar graph.  I changed July to green, and now onto August.  Today is the 209th day of this yr.  Even if not one bird is around there is always something lovely to see.  


 





On Wednesday we took our picnic to Poinsett State Park, named for the Statesman Joel Roberts Poinsett who is buried a few miles away.  I got a stamp for my book and we enjoyed some exploring, it was hot so we didn't wander too far from the car's AC.




And as is the case in most of our parks, the Civilian Conservation Corp was working here in 1934-1942.  

We chose to sit in the shade and keep Mom on the cement covered areas...and that worked out great for us.  We were able to admire the beautiful work of the CCC. 






the Sluice of an old Grist Mill 


I was a bit remiss on getting photos of our day! We didn't see many birds around only a few..we had a list of about 12 including this Eastern Wood Peewee who I wanted to be something more but with long wings Im sticking on Peewee There has to be an easier way to distinguish these empids..this one never made a sound otherwise it would be an easy call...


there was some young with her/him.  

We checked out the campground, no one there only a host!  And the 4 rental cabins, looked nice and rustic, and there is a lot of hiking trails for later on when summer is over.  It is not very friendly to handicapped people...as we had to wrestle mom's chair over rough paths and roots, the restrooms had no handicapped stalls so that makes life a challenge.  We really love taking Mom along on our outings, and although she does enjoy it, it's also sometimes hard for her to enjoy it when access is so hard.  

We stopped at Gen Thomas Sumter's memorial park, he is buried there along with his wife, and son and other family members...

 

On the way home we stopped at Boykin Mill Pond and saw hundreds of Egrets! The entire far bank was lined with them in the trees.  We also saw lots of Little Blue Herons, Double Crested Cormorants, Anhinga, some unknown ducks and lots of White Ibis, and I saw at least one really dark Ibis, possibly an immature or even a Glossy, but flying overhead into a dull sky impossible to tell... this is possibly a rookery?  It is a privately owned pond, and there is a tiny town called Boykin built along it's bank but everything was locked up tight..




We had a busy week and it was a great one too...hope your's was the same. 


PEACE
Every day is a new Adventure.

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment. Nature is the embrace we need!

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  2. I find the second shot quite riveting. It looks like how I would imagine a primordial swamp. I bet the biting insects were fierce and I would imagine other dangerous critters lurked in there. Great to experience it.

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    1. the bugs are actually not too bad there, lots of swifts and swallows keep then in control. There are alligators in this pond for sure!

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  3. That was a fabulous day! Beautiful State Park, great birds, shade and concrete for mom, but I’m glad you were able to get her out onto the paths as well.

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    1. Yes we got her around, the bathroom was difficult with no handicapped access but we managed.

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    2. Oh, forgot to say yay on the new camera in your newer post. Hooray, but good point using the old one on the water!

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  4. So happy you had nice weather to get out this week. Your pictures are always great even with the camera not zooming for you. The little video was nice. Those CCC guys built some really awesome buildings, walls and bridges and they are mostly still around.

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    1. I can't imagine life without the awesome structures all over this country build by the CCC. Such a wonderful thing they did for all of us!

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  5. The first photo is just beautiful, so serene and the light is just gorgeous! Good luck with the camera bidding!

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    1. HI Pam! Thanks for the nice words...I was able to get another camera...it has half the wear of my old one so I hope to have a few years to play with it!

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  6. Hello, another beautiful state park and outing. It is neat to see all the different birds roosting in the trees. The Grist Mill shot is lovely. The waterlily is beautiful. Pretty scenery, photos and video. Enjoy your day, have a happy new week!

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    1. Thank you Eileen...all our waters have that "bayou" look as we are in the deep south, the Spanish moss, Cyprus, and water lily are present in most.

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  7. Good luck on the bidding. Dont be too disappointed if you loose because I'm sure another one will come along. Many e bay bidders have downloaded a programme that will bid at the very last minute, as I have found out when placing a manual bid at the very last minute.
    Despite your camera not working properly you still manage to get some good shots.

    I always say that August is the first month of Autumn.

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    1. Hi Dave...yes my current camera still has life left in it! It is more and more not working on a zoomed in shot which accounts for many birds shots I was able to get a camera on a Buy It now Best Offer! Im quite happy with it so far, it has not had the wear and tear that I have put my camera through!

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