|Selfie- note the sweaty arm reflection- it was a hot day!|
With no school, I'm trying to be productive by getting to a few blog posts I've been wanting to write.
Last month on a Sunday, Alesia and I went to Magnolia Cemetery to walk around and see what birds we can photograph.
|Armed with my Canon SX 50 and monopod|
Another treat was running into Beverly Donald, who is a dear friend and the superintendent of Magnolia Cemetery.
Alesia snapped this picture of me taking pictures of a "congregation" of White Ibis on a tree across the front lagoon.
|Alesia has a similar camera set up and enjoy her new hobby|
I returned the favor, taking this photo of Alesia.
|Ponds attract birds and other wildlife at Magnolia Cemetery|
Magnolia Cemetery, which dates to 1850, is photogenic in so many ways. If the birding is slow, which is was not this day, a visitor can enjoy the expansive grounds, which include two lagoons (or ponds) and salt marsh that joins the Cooper River a short distance away.
|150 acres, 35,000 burials make for a big space to explore!|
Magnolia is a premier and historic Victorian rural cemetery. It features a wide and interesting variety of grave markers, monuments and memorials.
In case you don't know, I have written two books about this special place: "The Birds of Magnolia Cemetery: Charleston's Secret Bird Sanctuary" (2011) and "In the Arms of Angels: Magnolia Cemetery- Charleston's Treasure of History, Mystery and Artistry" (2014).
|The Elbert Jones Gothic monument dates to the 1850s|
Both books have sold well and are available from me directly, or through Amazon. See my Amazon author's page for details and also information about my latest book on bird photography, which was published last year.
Back to the birds on this Sunday visit. One of my favorites is this Green Heron, which I encountered just 10 or 15 feet away on the bank of the front pond.
|Green Heron- the same one in the previous photo|
Tricolored Heron at fairly close range
Great Blue Herons are also common sites at Magnolia Cemetery