Sunday, February 28, 2010

Full Snow Moon

I'm so happy that the day's cloudy sky cleared and I was able to continue my full moon series :)

The bonus was going to our friends, Kate & Don's, house for dinner.  Love the moonlight on the May River!!

Kate and I dressed for the wind/cold and sat out on their dock for a half hour while I captured the scene.  I used my old book light to help me see the paints in my small travel palette.  This really made a difference.

The night sky was so much darker than the other full moon nights.  Perhaps the lack of clouds and the angle of the moon?

I missed January's full moon due to rain.  I did get a photo of rain drops on our front tree's limbs.  Not quite what I had in mind though :)

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Spring and Red-shouldered Hawks

At last, a beautifully warm day with sun shine.  Low 60's and not much of a NE breeze.

A perfect day for Rob to try out a golf swing....... the first since last summer's back surgery.  I chose to journal, especially when I heard a pair of Red-shouldered Hawks calling in the air.

I'm happy to say Rob felt no more pain.  He appeared much more fluid in his swing.  He didn't feel the fusion what so ever.

A happy day :)

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Yellow-rumped Warbler


Early yesterday morning I went out to photograph our highly unusual snow fall. As a bonus, I got a close up shot of a warbler. When walking the dogs, I always see them flitting around in the Wax Myrtle shrubs but, they are far to fast for me to clearly see any field markings.

I was on the sidewalk looking at the slightly elevated hedge of wax myrtles and began 'pishing'. There I stood, hoping no one came along to hear me saying "pish, pish,........pish, pish,.........pish, pish. To my joy, the warblers came in close to see what the 'pishing' was all about :)

Back to the warmth of our home I went, husband and dogs still tucked warmly in bed. Photographs were downloaded and at long last, I was able to I.D. this little one.

Yellow-rumped Warblers, Dendroica coronata, love open brushy habitats and especially fruited trees. The small loose flocks that I always see, in the winter, are eating the wax myrtle berries. No wonder they are the most common warbler of our winters. Wax myrtle's are everywhere and are always loaded with berries.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Snow! In the Low Country!!


Uncle, uncle, Mother Nature!
No more will I whimper that it's been too cold in the low country. Be feeling blah and grumbling about gray skies while other places are really getting hit with substantial winter weather.

Thank you, though, for having a forgiving heart and only sending 2 inches that was gone by 1 p.m.

Friday, 11 p.m.


Saturday 8:30 a.m.

Hilton Head Island didn't receive any snow.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Signs of Spring..... Really!

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Monday, February 1, 2010

January Low Country Day


Dog Walk Highlights
It has been such an unusually long, cold winter in the low country that I've not done any plein air journaling in several weeks.  In my semi-frustration with the weather (can't get too frustrated when I see what the rest of the country is experiencing) I decided the bleak winter landscaped must offer something that would spark my interest.  The camera was put into my pocket

We drove the golf cart (sides down of course - the dogs hate the cold) up to the golf course.  Rob headed to the practice green, the dogs and I made our way down to the boardwalk trail.  The swamp is so dismal this time of year.  I beefed up the colors :)

Song birds were flitting about in the wooded area before the swamp.  Titmouse, Carolina Wrens, Cardinals, and very quick Warblers.  I 'pished' for a bit to see if any birds would come in closer but, as good as the dogs were, my feathered friends decided to ignore me.

A little farther down the boardwalk I happened to catch site of a wee bird landing on top of a nearby dead tree.  It climbed around to the back side and as I made my way along the boardwalk I was able to see it quickly duck into a hole.  I never did see the entire bird again.  It was busy making room in its new nest.  I'm thinking it's a Brown-headed Nuthatch but I'll need to visit the trail again to confirm.

I usually see Resurrection Ferns growing on Live Oak branches, but lately I've noticed they will grow in the most amazing places.  Today I saw them on a dead tree that still had some bark left on it.  The bark was moss laden and the ferns were starting to dry up.  If I went back today, I'd see 

them 'resurrected' in full glory.  We've had lots of rain... just what they require to come back to life.