Rewind Part 1...

by Russell Smith July. 30, 2020 1013 views

When I wrote the post Life... I had plans on going to the park well the weather and my back had other plans. For a week or two either it was raining or my back was at a point that I knew to listen to it and stop take a break. So that is what I did. The first or second week of April I had plans on going to the park and spending the better part of the day there for a week. I was in some serious need for a session of nature therapy. Well I dont know if I have said it before but along the park runs I think it is the Cooper River. The day before I plan on going to the park I watch our Governors briefing. Due to people acting like idiots and rafting their boats together and gathering on sandbars he is shutting down river access. This meant the park was closed. Nuts.... I did not really even pick up the camera. I think I was in a funk. Even the food well it did not inspire me and a few times I went to hop on this site for some inspiration either a cat decided I did not need to see or the site was slower than mud.

Fast forward to May. I think it was around Memorial Day when the park opened partially. At least the trails were open nothing else so I decided to get out. The trails were busy busy and did I mention busy with both people and wildlife.

Osprey

Osprey

The Osprey were back at the nest they have in the park.

The Pied Bill Grebe

The Pied Bill Grebe

This guy was still hanging around for the spring. In SC or the Low Country of SC they are a snow bird of sorts.

Cool looking mushroom that I saw on the side of the trail.

Plain Bellied or Red Bellied (same scientific name just regional differences in common name) were doing the deed. It was nice to get out and see reptiles in addition to birds.

Juvenile American Alligators were appearing. These were last years hatchlings so about 18"-24" .On the trail early in the morning I would hear the call of much smaller alligators so I knew there was a nest that was successful from earlier in the spring.

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

The warblers were back and nesting. So that made me happy. Such brilliant yellow a color I had for clothing and paint but love in nature. Go figure.

Leopard Frog and Mosquito . It was still cool enough that these guys were not super skittish.

The Mama Gator to where the nest was (I suspect) . Her behavior was right for this assumption.

Craptastic shot or an ID shot of a Solitary Sandpiper (common name of the species). The way it was harassing the gator I think it had a nest. However a few days later it became a snack for the gator.

I will leave off here with the shot of the mama gator munching on a fish or small turtle. It is cropped in a bit much for my liking (starting to loose a lot of quality to the file) but the cool factor is there . Skip tomorrows post if you do not like snakes just a warning.

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Heike 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Great wildlife pics. The osprey looks funny!

2 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Berckmans Peter 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Cool post,love the snakes

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Jay Boggess 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Great series! Russell! 
So glad to have you back n action!
Glad to see all the critters were glad to have you back, as well!
I'll bet they were wondering where you had gotten off to.....as well.....
+1grinning+1

2 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Russell Smith Replied to Jay Boggess 2 months, 3 weeks ago

It was great to get back out there especially after a month or two of not being able to get out.

2 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Russell Smith 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Luckily, where I live is very rural, so we were not confined to the indoors. We do have to wear masks if we go in any public spaces, however, but that's not too much of a hassle, especially if it will help get this modern day nightmare fading in the rear-view mirror.....right?
Stay safe & healthy, Amigo!
Always a pleasure!
+1grinning+1

2 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Helen Anders 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Wow, these are amazing, Russ!  What a variety of wildlife - you are so lucky to see all this!  So amazing to see all these animals in the wild!

2 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Russell Smith Replied to Helen Anders 2 months, 3 weeks ago

The park is an oasis that is full of wildlife. Such an amazing place.

2 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Helen Anders Replied to Russell Smith 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Lucky you! 😊

2 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Camellia Staab 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Some really exceptional captures. I especially like the texture on Mr. Alligator in # 5, that is some alligator skin smile

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Russell Smith Replied to Camellia Staab 2 months, 3 weeks ago

I love new born to maybe 3 or 4 year old alligators. The colors and textures in the skin is amazing and the variety of pattern from animal to animal is amazing too.

2 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Antonio Gil 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Love the way you've captured these creatures and I'm looking forward to the snakes 🐍

2 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Russell Smith Replied to Antonio Gil 2 months, 3 weeks ago

I probably have two or three posts worth of photos of them. I know a few still need to be exported.

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