Lens-Artists Challenge #87 – Reflections
“One cannot reflect in streaming water. Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.”
There are very few photographers who do not appreciate a beautiful reflection. As I considered my response to this week’s Reflections challenge I thought about the many amazing species of birds here in Coastal South Carolina and the number of times I’ve captured their reflections. It seemed only natural to approach this week’s challenge with a combination of the two. Above, a cormorant and three lazy turtles are reflected in the pond below as they catch some sun at beautiful Magnolia Gardens.
“The more peace we have within our own lives, the more we can reflect into the outer world.”
There are more than 200 species of birds on Kiawah – way too many to include here. Birds of prey like hawks, eagles and ospreys, shorebirds such as gulls (like the one above), terns and plovers, and wading birds like herons, spoonbills and egrets all share our little world. For more information on our avian population, click here.
“Words are chameleons, they reflect the color of their environment.”
There are times when we interact a bit more closely than usual with our birds. I had to laugh at the roseate spoonbill above as it stared at the golf ball nestled in the nearby mud. Perhaps the bird is wondering what bizarre creature would lay such a strange, dappled egg, and further, was it the same species that left similar eggs just visible beneath the waters beyond?!
“Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get.”
H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Above, I’ve included a favorite image I shot one evening several years ago along Kiawah’s marsh. I found the graceful elegance of the bird’s wings reflected in the waters to be simply exquisite. If a moment like that doesn’t cause one to reflect on nature’s blessings, I cannot begin to imagine what else possibly could.
“The way we experience the world around us is a direct reflection of the world within us.”
Finally, as a verb rather than a noun, we reflect on the wonders with which Mother Nature surrounds us. Here on Kiawah we are vigilant stewards of our natural environment. Plastics are not allowed on our beaches. Lights out at 9 along our oceanfront insures that sea turtles will visit to lay their eggs. Situating buildings within native landscape buffers provides cover and shade during intense summer heat. Small inconveniences for our residents deliver important protections for all of our wildlife.
Sincere thanks to our Guest Host Miriam for joining us this week. Please be sure to link your response to her challenge which can be found here, and to use the Lens-Artists Tag to appear in our Reader section.
As always, we very much appreciate the continuing support of our followers – you are the best! We hope you’ll join us again next week when Ann-Christine returns with Challenge # 88.
Beautiful reflections,Tina. Great subjects too!
Really nice post. I especially liked all the reflections in the blue heron shot.
Thanks Jane, it was a beautiful moment
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WOW…how peaceful & soothing is this post in light of all going on……priceless!!! just gorgeous shots!!
Thanks April. Let’s hope our little paradise stays peaceful and safe!
Interesting bird shots, Tina. Love the Roseate Spoonbill. 🙂
Beautiful shots Tina.
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Great reflections, Tina! The gull looks really interested in something there.
Thanks Sue. Edible critter no doubt 😊
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Each photo is spectacular, but I’m partial to the turtles. Beautiful reflections.
Thanks Judy, so nice of them to pose for me 🙂
I really like Beautiful Blue, but then that is a favorite color of mine.
Thanks Amy, it was a special moment.
Beautiful reflections Tina, it’s lovely to see the cormorant and the turtles catching the sun’s rays again! xxx
Thanks Xenia, spring has definitely arrived here at last
Tina, your first image grabs my heart and fills me with nature’s majesty and sense of humor.
Thanks so much Sally – nature can be so magical
I think beautiful blue is also admiring the reflection he sees Tina 🙂
Wonderful you have such a rich source of bird life on your doorstep so to speak . The Spoonbill is yes .. very puzzled I’m sure .. I can imagine you smiling as you lifted your camera to eye 😉
Truth be told Poppy, I didn’t notice the ball until I saw the image. Just lucky on that one. Thanks for stopping by
What beautiful reflections of birds. I am impressed you get those great detailed shots before they fly away. 🙂
Thanks OLU. Truth be told, they are so protected here they’re fairly used to people, especially those of us with long lenses 🙂
You’re welcome. You can be sneaky with those long lenses 🙂
Just wow, Tina. Really love those photos. The waders do love to pose against a muddy background. 🙂
Many thanks Tracy, they do indeed!
Wonderful photos; I love waterbirds. I’ve seen herons open their wings like that while feeding, helps them to kill reflections off the surface as they search for food. Great photo that one.
Very interesting factoid I.J., I’d never heard that but it makes perfect sense. Thanks for the visit and comment.
WOW. Some great reflections there Tina. The heron (?) reflection is incredible.
Yes John, a Great Blue Heron. They are beautiful birds that remind me of pterodactyls when they fly by squawking (or at least what I assume pterodactyls sounded like back in their day). Thanks so much for your lovely comment.
nature is so majestic elegant and graceful.Tina Ji you excel in capturing the exquisite style moment and the miraculous.Love all the reflections specially the last one.
Thanks very much Anjum. The mergansers are very difficult to capture so I’m pleased you chose to single that one out.
It is a classic
Great birds, Tina! The last two are my favorites!
Thanks Svetlana – so many birds, so little time LOL
The way you reflected your photos is a reflection of your kindred spirit, Tina.
Aw, thanks Perpetua. I’d like to think so.
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Beautiful birds, beautiful reflections
Thanks MM, glad you enjoyed this one.
of course you would get a gold ball in a. shot – ahhhh – and love the reflections and avian love
LOL, I was looking for the “gold” ball thinking – am I missing something?! Then I figured out you were auto-corrected on golf ball and yes, of course I would 😀. Thanks Yvette
Yes – darn autocorrect strikes again!
Nice post! I especially like Beautiful Blue.
Thanks Dianne, a long-time personal favorite
You had me at three tortoises and a Darter? Tina. Wonderful bird Photos 🙂 🙂
🙂 thanks Brian. Yep, we call them Anhingas but I think they’re the same as Darters in your part of the world.
Darters is easier to say 😀 😀
Thanks for the right name Tina ❤
What a beautifully reflective post. I feel I know you better for having read it. The photo of the bird with outstretched wings is superb.
Thanks very much Suzanne – yes I remember that moment very vividly. It’s not often that everything comes together at just the right moment and you’re lucky to have a camera in hand!
I loved all your photos but beautiful blues was fabulous. The reflection was great. Xox
Thanks GF – it was a surreal moment in the lagoon near the Ocean Course. Perfect conditions for the shot.
Thanks very much Nora, glad these caught your eye.
I love these! Birds are such fun! Miss them very much. All we have in Mt. Pleasant are geese which I have discovered are truly gross and irritating and I found that in Mt. Pleasant they have rights! After my dog knocked me down when we first moved in and I went to complain they have more rights than I do !
LOL, I see you haven’t lost your sense of humor ML! Thanks for stopping by, hope things are going OK in your new normal.
These are amazing and beautiful.
Many thanks Kanlaon, glad you enjoyed
I always love your photos of SC, Tina. So close to me here in sunny FL, yet so far.
LOL, thanks Lois. This is the time of year when we both get to enjoy springtime weather – always too short!!
Hi Tina, We don’t have spoonies or anhingas here, and yours are gorgeous, but you know I’m a sucker for herons, and your blue reflection is sublime,
Here’s my submission. I took the word ‘reflections’ in a different direction
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Such beauty all around you, Tina. So beautifully photographed and – what a great society taking good care of their natural friends! I wish that would be the case everywhere in the world. If I must chose favorites, they are the spoonbill and the graceful, beautiful blue. A wonderful post.
Many thanks Ann-Christine. We do love our critters around here 🙂
It would be a fantastic treat to visit Kiawah some day – but your images and words gives a beautiful picture of it all.
Wonderful that the community makes these concessions to allow the wildlife to live their natural lives. I love the way the cormorant and the turtles are sharing a roost, comfortable neighbours just like the humans and birds and animals of Kiawah.
I agree wendy, and so does the wildlife :-). I do think the world would be a better place if more communities were mindful of the non-human residents but I guess it’s not so easy in other places. Thanks for your visit and comment.
Your images are beautiful Tina, and it gives me such joy to read about the human stewardship of your local environment. I wish more communities would do this.
Many thanks Su – yes I think it’s great that they’re so mindful of what keeps our wildlife thriving. We do love sharing their world!
Wonderful captures, Tina. I love birds and was delighted to have birds laid eggs and nurtured their young in my garden. It’s wonderful that you get to see so many bird species in South Carolina. The cormorant and three turtles are so cute, the roseate spoonbill starring at the golf ball made me think and it was a timely capture of the bird’s wings reflected in the waters. I’m grateful for the awareness of protecting Mother Earth.
Thanks Miriam, I enjoyed putting this one together. Our wildlife is very important to us here on the island. And on another subject, thanks again, we very much appreciate your hosting this week.
I have fun doing it, Tina. A great chance to connect with everyone who takes part.
So beautiful….I enjoy your photographs and commentary. Thank you.
Thanks very much Leslie, glad you enjoyed
I thought the spoonbill was my winner, but then you surpassed it with the next shot, Tina. God bless Kiawah 🙂 🙂
🙂 Thanks Jo, so glad this one caught your eye. The spoonbill does have an advantage with those beautiful pink feathers but it’s hard to beat the herons when their wings are stretched.
Amazing wildlife you have down there Tina. Love your opening shot of the turtles and the shot of the spoonbill along with your wording on what he’s thinking about the golf ball egg…lol. Very nice 🙂
Thanks Andy – there’s no doubt in my mind that the spoonbill was wondering what the heck the story was with that golfball 🙂
Beautiful reflections, Tina. I’m not surprised that you are highlighting these amazing creatures, some of which we saw during our visit to Kiawah. You truly live in an avian paradise. The spoonbills astound me with their marvelous coloration. I have never seen a merganser before. Fascinating!
Thanks Patti. The mergansers are very tough to capture because of their coloring and their tendency to dart about in dark waters. I was happy to have one presentable shot vs many throwaways!
It has a very distinctive look and plummage.
So artistic..the reflections are so gorgeous…
Thanks very much, glad you enjoyed these.
Especially loved the blue heron!
Thanks Laurel – the stars aligned for that one 🙂
Tina, just amazing … love the top image with the 3 turtles. Well spotted. The beautiful blue is a magic image. You always deliver with such grace and harmony.
Thanks very much Vivi for the lovely compliment. Grace and harmony are not adjectives that typically apply to me LOL so very much appreciated.
Tina, my pleasure … about time then that somebody did. *smile
Brilliant set of feathered reflections, Tina!
Many Thanks Sue
These photos make me appreciate the beauty of Kiawah Island even more!!! Spectacular as usual T.
Thanks GF, we are very lucky aren’t we?!
Beautiful reflections captures, Tina! The King of the Perch is an awesome capture. The Hooded Merganser is too cute! 🙂
Thanks Amy. The mergansers are notoriously difficult to shoot as they flirt around in their dark and white colors!! Let’s just say I had a few throwaways before that one😊
Tina, your reflections of your area are stunning. I also love the one of the bird spreading it’s wings! The cormorant and turtles made me smile!
Thanks Terri, so many reflections so little space 😊. But I do love our many birds
Beautiful photos, the wildlife look like they don’t have a worry in the world
That’s because they pretty much don’t Alice! An occasional wayward golf ball or hungry alligator I suppose 😊
I love these! So jealous you get to see these beauties all the time. After our trip to Mexico, I am officially obsessed with the pink spoonbill. Great shots T!
They’re really special Pam. We’re very happy to see them venturing north from FLA. thanks!
I love these reflections! My favorite is the Roseate Spoonbill looking at the golf ball.
Thanks Beth – I was quite certain he was puzzled about it 🙂