Sunday, September 5, 2010

Along the St. John River

Okay, yeah … I’ve been lax about posting.  While getting my vacation pictures ready for this blog I got all caught up in the processing portion of photography.  You see, I like to take pictures, LOTS of pictures, but I’m not so good about actually processing them.  I have hundreds … perhaps even thousands … of photographs stored in my computer (and ONLY in my computer).

The thing is, I need to reformat said computer.  Before I can do that however, I have to sort, file, process and BACK UP those photographs. Yes, I know I should have been doing that all along but (I think I mentioned this before) I tend to procrastinate,  AND I’m easily distrac … oh look, a squirrel!

Uh huh, yeah, it’s like that.  So how about I quit boring you with excuses and just show you the pictures eh?

The last day of vacation my Dad took us out in his boat along the St. John river for some wildlife shots of things I normally don’t have the opportunity to capture.  It rained off and on, but just lightly and was interspersed with bright sunny skies.  Mostly we saw birds, but there was one notable exception you’ll find down thread.

Egrets fascinate me, all white and pure and graceful.  I don’t generally have much luck photographing them because all that white flashes out in the bright sunlight. 

Osprey aka Fish Hawk.  They crack me up with their bug eyes to the front “I’m looking at YOU” face.

I think this is an Ahinga.  Dad says they don’t have the oils in their feathers like ducks and geese.  They dive deep for fish and when they finish hunting they are waterlogged and have to dry their feathers before they can fly.

Look what was hiding in the Lily pads when we came around a bend.  He was well camouflaged and a bit bashful about getting his picture taken.  Although we have ‘gators here in South Carolina, I’ve only once found a baby in the wild to capture a shot of.

And finally …
Herons!  I’ve never gotten close enough to any of the many species of heron to get a shot.  Not even close enough to know if that’s what I was seeing, so this was a treat for me.

And that concludes our river tour for today.  Please make sure your tray is in the upright position and remain seated until we come to a complete stop, and thank you for reading Functional Kaos. We will now return to your regularly scheduled program.



  1. Sally!! Glad to see someone in my neck of the woods!!!

    Love your photography!!

    Consider yourself followed!!

  2. Pleased to meet you Ma'am, and Thank You!