Monday, February 8, 2016

Trees of South Carolina

I love trees.  In South Carolina, many tall pines and live oaks  Above two long leaf pines and an palm tree.  Below Norm sits near a live oak that spreads its branches near a salt marsh where many alligators lurk.

When walking about, beware of wood ticks.  They are numerous this year.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Harbor Island South Carolina

Here we are in a restaurant where the walls and ceiling are covered with dollar bills.  Norm is looking out the window at the salt marsh and dreaming of fishing. I'm standing under a harpoon dreaming of Moby Dick.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Harbor Island SC Alligator

In the water see one of our neighbors on Harbor Island.  It was a sunny day and we saw eight alligators today. In this photo I am standing in back of a picket fence.  We are warned not to feed the alligators.  We enjoys seeing wild creatures but not too close.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

South Carolina

In a bird watching area, I saw a mocking bird, blue heron, many pelicans, saw and heard a Carolina chickadee and a pair of eagles, white egrets and buzzards, a chubby Carolina wren I heard manyh bird songs I could not identify.

The fishing is important here.  We have enjoyed steamed oysters and fresh shrimp gumbo.  We take note of high and low tides.  We had fresh whiting for dinner caught off of the dock.

Frog Songs
Hosannas down deep in the reeds
Basso profundo, alto, soprano
The sun is shining today
Close by, a turtle pretends not to hear.

Fishing South Carolina

Harbor Island S. C. Norm is fishing and caught some porgies.  I am bird watching.  Lots of pelicans, sandpipers, snowy egrets, ducks, cormorants and song birds wintering here.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker.  This guy is excavating a tree by using his huge beak to get at the grubs.  The holes these birds make can be huge.  I took this photo out my window and the tree is next door.  The owners do not seem to be concerned about this branch.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Strange Sand Formation on Lake Michigan

MUSKEGON, MI – West Michigan beaches shifted shape during a storm Monday, Dec. 28 that included sleet, freezing rain and high winds.
Shapes formed by mingled sand and snow look like something from South Dakota's Badlands, the weird rocks in Utah's Zion National Park or images sent back by the Mars Rover.
Instead, it's the result of just the right mix of weather conditions, said MLive Meteorologist Mark Torregrossa. The cold air was one part, freezing the sand particles and water droplets quickly. Another part was the wind and waves being strong enough to shape the sand and ice.
It's a strange cocktail, but not a complicated one.
Watch snow blow across sand formations

Snow blows across sand formations at Pere Marquette Park in Muskegon, Mich. on December 28, 2015.
West Michigan's relatively warm weather up to Monday also played a role, he said. The lake wasn't full of half-frozen slush, and the sands were still shifting.
"We didn't have frozen ground before this, so the sand could move around," Torregrossa said.
MLive multimedia specialists captured images of the strange sand formations in Holland State Park, Grand Haven State Park and Pere Marquette Park in the city of Muskegon.
Some sections of the beach were frozen over with a glossy, slippery layer of ice, they said. One section of the beach was covered with disks of sand, resembling a package of vanilla wafers scattered over the beach.
Pere Marquette was filled with drifts of sand and snow, and waves on Lake Michigan were growing in size on Tuesday, Dec. 29, said MLive Muskegon Chronicle Multimedia Specialist Joel Bissell.
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