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Weekly Photo Challenge – COLOR II

“Colors are the smiles of nature.”

Leigh Hunt

BLUE HERON FAMILY
BLUE HERON FAMILY

This week several members of Kiawah Island’s photography club made our annual visit to Magnolia Plantation and Gardens outside of nearby Charleston, SC.  If you are ever in the area, be sure to make a stop, it is an incredible place.

The bird life at Magnolia is amazing, and between their courting rituals, nest building and chick-raising, it was hard to know where to look at any given moment.  I was obsessed with the blue heron family in my opening photo – the chicks working hard to convince mama it was lunchtime, and clearly anticipating the next course in the photo below.

WHICH WAY DID SHE GO BRO?
WHICH WAY DID SHE GO BRO?

“There is no color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice.”

John Calvin

But it was not just the beautiful blue herons that caught our eyes and our lenses.  We were welcomed upon arrival by a gloriously-colored peacock showing off his best stuff in a nearby tree.

LOOK AT ME, I'M BEAUTIFUL
LOOK AT ME, I’M BEAUTIFUL

A lovely, green-eyed Anhinga posed nicely for the cameras.

GREEN-EYED GLANCE
GREEN-EYED GLANCE

“Color and I are one; I am a painter.”

Paul Klee

But the stars of the show were the beautiful, white egrets engaged in their mating rituals.  No color, you might say?  Ah but you would be wrong.  Because during the mating season, egrets have an amazing green color around their eyes which potential mates find attractive along with their breeding plumage.

BEAUTIFUL COUPLE
BEAUTIFUL COUPLE

“Beauty without color seems somehow to be part of another world.”

M. Shikibu

Some say assigning emotion to animals or birds is just wishful thinking.  No one could spend a day among these beautiful avian couples and families and believe that to be true.  Do you agree??

Stay tuned for a post on the glorious flora of Magnolia Gardens soon.

To see more colorful weekly challenge entries, go here.


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76 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge – COLOR II Leave a comment

    • Thanks Naomi, that last shot was one of my favorites. They look so elegant, don’t they? One of these days I have to post some of the shots I have of them looking uncoordinated and funny. They really are fun to see and shoot!

  1. Those Peacock legs !!
    Love the Beautiful Couple under a bridal veil of feathers … very coy 😉
    Wonderful Tina .

  2. Beautiful photos and I know birds have personalities. We had a family of magpies adopted us and we loved to watch their antics as the babies grew up and the interaction of them all as a family.

  3. Tina, your images of the heron family, babies and egrets are awesome. You continue to raise the bar for excellence in photography and also give many of us a goal to strive for. My hat’s off to you, lead on! Sylvia

  4. You are so talented! I just love your pictures and your commentary is terrific as well. Thanks for sharing this part of yourself.
    Carole D.

  5. How fortunate you are to have such beauty to capture. The images are engaging and pull me into their majesty. Thanks.

    • Thanks Jo. The egrets can be so graceful, can’t they? I had so many lovely shots of them, especially flying around with twigs for their nests, but I just loved the serenity of the shot I ended up using.

  6. Absolutely stunning entry once again Tina. I absolutely adore your photo’s! They are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  7. Those are gorgeous! I went on Wed. and we may have the same equipment, but the camera operator makes all the difference! I aspire to your talent 🙂

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