Lens-Artists Challenge #185 – Change
“A marsh is a whole world within a world, a different world, with a life of its own, with its own permanent denizens, its passing visitors, its voices, its sounds, its own strange mystery.”Guy de Maupassant
This week John Steiner brings us his first challenge as a member of our host team – and what an interesting topic he’s chosen! Among the many ways one might approach the subject of change, I’ve chosen a special element of life on our beloved island – the beautiful marshes. Ever-changing – with the seasons, the tides, the light, the elements – the marsh is critical to both our human inhabitants and our plentiful wildlife.
“The marsh snuggled in closer with a low fog, and she slept.”Delia Owens
Our marsh appears in multiple places throughout the island and takes on a different personality depending on the time of day, the geographic orientation, the weather and the season. My opening image was captured at the very western edge of the island during an extremely high “King Tide”. The image just above is from a spot very close by but from a different direction during a thick fog.
“What’s the need of visiting far-off mountains and bogs, if a half-hour’s walk will carry me into such wildness and novelty.”Henry David Thoreau
Once again from the same western end of our island, the vista above looks across the marsh and a winding river that leads to the sea. The tall grasses provide a haven for deer, fox, bobcats, raccoons, birds, and yes, sometimes dolphin and our ever-popular alligators.
“The marsh, to him who enters it in a receptive mood, holds…..the mystery of unknown waters, and the sweetness of Nature undisturbed by man.”William Beebe
Further east, the marsh is surrounded by a narrow river that leads to the sea. At high tide the dolphins can be seen swimming through small pathways traversing the grasses, while at low tide they can often be seen practicing their “stranding” teamwork, pushing local mullet up onto the mud for a quick meal.
“Midway between land and water, freshwater marshes are among the most highly productive ecosystems on earth, rivaling the tropical rainforest.”Robin Wall Kimmerer
Near the center of the island, a large swath of marsh is crossed by a wooden bridge. On the far side once can see across the marsh to the ocean beyond. One afternoon as I was crossing the bridge I was gifted with the glorious sky in the image above. After a sudden storm, the sun had broken through the clouds and accented the golden marsh grasses with a warm glow. I had only my cellphone with which to capture it, but I simply could not pass by without at least an attempt.
“Keep your spirits up, hope for the best, and with a tremendous slice of luck you may come out one day and see the Long marshes lying below you.”J.R.R. Tolkien
I found myself on the far eastern end of our island late one afternoon with camera in hand hoping to capture a beautiful sunset. I cannot remember the sunset, but I did come across the beautiful great blue heron shown above, seeking its evening meal as the sun began its slide into blue hour. I went home more than happy with nature’s gift for that day.
“Ye marshes, how candid and simple and nothing-withholding and free, Ye publish yourselves to the sky and offer yourselves to the sea.”Sidney Lanier
Most of the visitors here on Kiawah are drawn to our beautiful beach. Many also appreciate our wildlife, especially the birds. For me, Kiawah’s most beautiful feature is the ever-changing, life-sustaining, light-reflecting marsh. I’ve seen deer loping through the grasses, multiple species of birds feeding together during low tide, dolphin swimming through the creeks, and incredible plants seeking nutrients from the rich pluff mud. I hope I’ve conveyed at least a bit of the beauty to be found in this ever-changing element of our island home.
Sincere thanks to John for the opportunity to share this favorite Kiawah feature. You can find his challenge here. Please be sure to link your responses to his original post. Thanks also to Amy for last week’s “Travel Has Taught Me” challenge. I had fun traveling down memory lane for my response and appreciated the many thoughtful and beautiful responses of our followers. Finally, we hope you’ll join us next week when Sofia leads us on her Photographias blog. Until then, as always please stay safe and be kind.
Really enjoyed your interpretation of the challenge, Tina. It’s amazing how the marsh can look different in different seasons and weather patterns. The After a Storm photo shot with your cellphone is stunning. Would not have guessed it was taken with a cellphone – very well composed shot by making the most of what you got. Through your photos, and throughout your blog, you’ve really shown us how a marsh especially Kiawah’s can look so stunning.
Such beautiful landscapes of nature!
How fortunate for all of us that you find inspiration in Kiawah! Lovely images as always. The area is a wonderful opportunity to observe a diverse ecosystem. Just fabulous images. I’m trying to imagine seeing dolphins up close! Amazing.
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Absolutely love Kiawah Island! Your photos are magnificent! Enjoying them greatly! 🙏
Thanks so much Ami – appreciate your visit and comment
My pleasure Tina! 😊
Wonderful post, Tina. I love your photos and your island, I think I’ve already told you many times, but I never get tired of repeating it.
Thanks Ana, and I never get tired of reading it!
The reflection in your Heron on the marsh image is superb. And I love how the gossamer thin feathers on the leading wing are almost transparent.
Here’s my Lens Artists “Change” story:
Many thanks Babsje
Love these photos of change Tina 🙂 🙂
Many thanks Brian – hope you’re enjoying the weekend
Has been a bit busy and ready for bed. A good Sunday will happen. Hope yours is fab too Tina 😉
You live in a beautiful place Tina and marshes all over the world are threatened – this one is beautiful, love how you have captured it moods.
Thanks Karina. We are very focused on ecology down here and so far our rivers and marshes remain pristine. We’re fortunate to have lower human density than most other places
There is something about the extremes of tides to create opportunities to see things a bit rare, whether high our low, it is a chance to see how great a scene can change, a different type of beauty. Your “Spring Tides on the Marsh” you open with is beautiful ~ and of all tides, I like the high/king tides the best, maybe it is seeing the uncontrollable power of nature so effortlessly reminding us who is in charge. Also, love the cellphone shot ~ many years ago there is no way I would have thought to put one in a post and these days with the incredible quality cellphone photos produce I use quite a few of them 🙂
Thanks Randall, yes I agree, the King Tides are amazing and beautiful and that particular tide was one of the most extreme we’ve seen. Nature will have her way won’t she?! And while I’d have loved to have had my camera the day of the image I made w the iPhone, as always the best camera is the one you have with you😊. I upgraded to the 12 pro max from my 8+ and the camera difference is incredible. I too have started using them here since upgrading.
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Tina, what a great tribute to our beautiful marsh and the wildlife it supports! Through pictures you have conveyed its everchanging moods. My favorites are the Spring Tide and After the Storm.
Thanks Sylvia – I know you love it as much as I do!
The walking path through the marsh looks very inviting, Tina.
A unique group of photographs of marshes from your expert photographic eye.
The reflection of the Blue Heron is stellar. Great photographs …
Thanks very much Izzy, it’s a lovely feature of our little world here.
AND … a beautiful lil world it is … 🤩😎
I have only read about marshes in novels and they all came attached with the mystery element. So you can imagine how delighted I am to see your set of pictures. Just thinking of how far it stretches and no people in sight! The latter is something you will never find lacking, wherever you go in India.😀 Great post, Tina!
Thanks very much Sheetal. There was a wonderful book not long ago called “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens. I loved it and as you say, it also has an air of mystery about it. I loved it as did my friends who also read it.
Tina, your recommendation was the final nudge I needed to read this book. I’ve been only reading amazing reviews for it, yet I dithered. (I have it in my pile of ‘to read’.)
Thanks, will start before a tv/ movie adaptation arrives.
I suspect you’re probably right about a movie adaptation Sheetal. Usually the books are so much better. IMHO the exception is the Harry Potter series – loved both the books and the movies 😊
A wonderful post Tina.
Thank you Rupali
a similar post with two images taken at the same time and place of different years: one with a thick layer of snow and the other one without any snow.
Thanks Andre – I’ve often thought of doing that but thus far haven’t done it. Good news – there’s still time LOL!
Seasonal changes 👍 great idea, Tina. Some time ago I published
Well Tina, nature’s changes are the only changes I really love – and divinely captured with your lens at such a heavenly beautiful place as Kiawah, makes my day. Ahhhhh, thank you for taking me again to your dreamland!
One day you must come in person to share it with me Ann-Christine! Many thanks
Beautiful photos of the changes through the year on your favourite island. Nature is really changeable, isn’t it? That’s one reason why it always keeps me engaged.
I agree I.J. thanks, it doesn’t get much better does it?!
Great series. Superbly professional as always.
Thanks John – might not go quite that far but love that you did 😊
On Sunday, February 6, 2022, Travels and Trifles wrote:
> Tina Schell posted: ” Spring Tides on the Marsh, Kiawah Island “A marsh is > a whole world within a world, a different world, with a life of its own, > with its own permanent denizens, its passing visitors, its voices, its > sounds, its own strange mystery.”Guy de Maupassant ” >
I like this response to the Change challenge. The photos are, as always, lovely. That Great blue Heron is stunning.
Thanks very much Anne – I struggled a bit until I found my subject and then it was full speed ahead 😊
Beautiful changes, Tina. My favorite photo, though, is the last one. The lighting on that pine branch is lovely. Wonderful capture.
Many thanks Lois, mine too. Sometimes it’s the simple things, isn’t it.
I can see how much you appreciate the ever-changing scenes on Kiawah Island, Tina. They are beautiful. All the photos are gorgeous.
Thanks for that beautiful compliment Miriam, much appreciated.
You’re welcome, Tina.
Lovely, Tina. The marsh is so beautiful in the changing light. It must be a treat to see the dolphins swim through the channels.
Very much so Tracy – it’s a behavior that has only been seen in South Carolina where we live and in nearby northern Georgia. Truly a privilege to see it, thanks!
Tides, marshes, and seasons are great examples of not only change but constant change. No two days are the same … and given tides, add in changes throughout the day. As always, wonderful photos, Tina!
Thanks Frank – it took me some time to develop my subject on this one but when I thought about our changing marsh, I knew I had my answer.
I can totally understand why you love the marshes so much Tina, they are stunning and so full of life! Your image of the blue heron is especially gorgeous 💜
Thanks very much Xenia, the heron was a wonderful find.
The light on water is always beautiful and you’ve captured it perfectly!
Thanks Elizabeth, yes there is definitely some magic to light on the water.
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You really show the spectacular variety of light and change on Kiawah Island, Tina! The blue heron is stunning along with the first image of the feeding birds which works nicely for this week’s Sunday Stills theme “Feed the birds,” feel free to link to my post! The image after the storm is so compelling–what light! Did you all get ice and some snow there? I think about you there when I saw the crazy East coast weather.
Many thanks Terri – fortunately the recent storms have completely missed us but it’s been a much colder winter here than normal. Nothing compared to real north but we’re just not used to it down here!! My “after the storm” image doesn’t come close to what it looked like first-hand but it was so beautiful I just had to try! Off to visit your Stills, thanks.
I’m glad to hear this, Tina!
The blue heron is the star of the show for me. I can never capture decent bird shots and that is spectacular! Love the autumnal one too, and that last is a pretty shot. n Have a great week, Tina. Off to visit John.
Many thanks Jo – he was a real poser that one LOL. Sometimes they’re quite still and other times they won’t sit for a second. Just gotta get lucky!
Tina, your choice of showing the changing marsh is perfect for this challenge. Your images are marvelous! We live in different states but we are both surrounded by beautiful, ever changing salt marsh.
Many thanks Beth. Yes I feel that way often when I visit your posts as well.
Always enjoy your photos of
Oops… always enjoy your photos of Kiawah. Beautiful captures of the change of the marsh, especially the fog.
Thanks Amy – it was a beautiful scene that day, rather ephemeral actually.
These all are just stunning! Big smile when I came across “Fog on the Marsh”. Perfect example of Analogus colors. The blue heron is outstanding!!
LOL – I’ve already forgotten about that!! Thanks Kathy.
What beautiful scenery, your island is full of wonderful surprises.
Thanks Jude. It’s funny you mentioned surprises. It was a surprise to me how quickly I fell in love with the marsh’s ever-changing personality.
What a wonderful set of images, Tina! Love the morning fog
Thanks Sue – that one was an interesting lesson. I’d gone out with a group of photographers when a big rainstorm came in. Everyone left except me and one of my friends. That beautiful scene was what greeted us after the rain stopped. You never know, do you?!
You never do!
How wonderful Tina that you get to live in and explore daily this beautiful marsh land. Your text and images made me feel its wonders.
Thanks very much Anne, we love our marsh down here. Sometimes we forget to appreciate it as we should. This week was a nice reminder for me.
Ah, the marsh! Your post reminds me how very blessed I am! Thank you.
I feel much the same Tace, thanks for commenting. My pleasure indeed.
We truly are blessed with the incredible natural beauty of our marshes…thanks for capturing their beauty in so many ways and sharing.
We are indeed Laurel – many thanks!
Now, more than ever, I am enticed to visit your beautiful island paradise and capture some of the beauty of the marsh for myself… not that vicariously enjoying the views through your camera’s eye isn’t good enough. >grin<
LOL, you know where to find me John! Glad to have enticed you this week 😊
Your photos with my morning coffee is a wonderful way to start the day. Thank you T.
Very much my pleasure GF – glad to be with you virtually for the morning.
Tina, thank you for sharing your love affair with your Kiawah marsh with us. Your blue hour capture is beautiful and I can feel your happiness with that day. Also, the Thoreau quote is so true. Lovely close-to-home post.
Thanks Babsje, glad you enjoyed.
Beautiful nature and so close by 🙂 I like the mysterie in the foggy picture – great shot.
Thanks very much Rudi, glad that one caught your eye.
I have to agree with you Tina! I think the marsh would be my favorite part of the island also. Love all the wildlife living in there. 🙂
Many thanks Pam – hard to beat those moments when the dolphins literally leave the water to feed after pushing the fish up onto the banks.
Great idea Boss 👍👍👍 👍👍👍👍
This is the loveliest .. reminding me the marsh convert I became after first being drawn to the ocean… there is nothing quite like all the interests the marsh shares with us… thanks for the smorgasbord…..
Agree whole-heartedly Linda. The ocean is beautiful but the many faces of our marsh are to me much more interesting. Many thanks!
Love that morning fog. With the KIng Tides seemingly increasing each year, is there much concern about flooding? I assume you have a little time to prepare versus a flash flood situation. Very nice. Babsje is going to like your photo of the GBH fishing. 🙂
Thanks David. We’ve not really had any flooding other than at king tides when we might get a bit of water on the roads in low lying areas, but our infrastructure has been built up to accommodate it and to prepare for future sea level rise. The GBH was very intent on his fishing and paid no attention to me whatsoever LOL.