“Colors are the smiles of nature.”
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.
“There is no color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice.”
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.
A lovely, green-eyed Anhinga posed nicely for the cameras.
“Color and I are one; I am a painter.”
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.
“Beauty without color seems somehow to be part of another world.”
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.
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