clams

Low tide brings out the clam diggers in Charleston….

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the humans, the gulls…

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the Great Egret was pretty much minding its own business…

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then the Great Blue Heron flew in,

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but then the Heron decided not to stick around.

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44 thoughts on “clams

  1. I’ll agree with the clam chowder observation, there are some great places around here, especially the chowder in a sourdough bread bowl.
    It’s never ending entertainment, watching the birds, you’ve captured a fun encounter!

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      • Funny day today, alternating between sun and hail squalls. I’m indoors working on carvings, what could be better? ๐Ÿ™‚
        “Ehk” is a play with the word extreme, but softer..
        I had an Uncle Eck (Eckbert), an old Swede who taught me much. I was known as Eek back in those wonderful years, in the present I’m Eric. Have a good day!

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        • Hi Erik. It’s pretty much the same here. The sun disappeared and I had to turn the lights on and then the hail came down, enough to turn the dirt patches white. Now I’m seeing patches of blue sky again. I LOVE this changeable weather!
          I was amused by the alternate spelling of extreme when I first encountered it. Have a wonderful ehkstream day yourself!

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  2. So many birds there right now. I went down to the estuary here a couple of weeks ago thinking there would be birds aplenty but there were few, except for a handful of ducks and an egret. Lovely shot of the heron in flight.

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    • There are a lot more birds here in the winter. They seem to love the flooded pastures (or lakes). Pretty soon we should start getting the ones that breed out on the rocks at Bandon… I’m hoping to catch a better shot of the Puffins. They are such goofy looking birds, but they’re pretty shy, nesting on the huge cliffs that are out past even the low tide mark.

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    • My life is actually quite sedate… (but all kidding aside) I truly relish this life that’s far from the big cities and so close to the ocean. I honestly can’t think of a place I would rather be.Then again it might be fun to spend a week or two in (or near) London just for a change… ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. I love, love, love Clam Chowder. I was watching an Egret and a Great Blue, this morning. No clams in our lake though, I shouldn’t imagine. ๐Ÿ™‚ You captured him in flight very well, Gunta. I haven’t mastered that yet.

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    • We have some pretty good chowder around here. My memory could be off, but I believe it’s as good as the much touted New England stuff. I’ve been known to have it for dinner with nothing else except some good bread.
      I very nearly missed the flight shot because I was trying to creep in closer. I suspect it may have been what spooked him. My guys are a lot more camera shy than Phil’s. The above shots are about as close as I can get without them flying off (and the above shots are even cropped a bit.) On the other hand, they didn’t seem the least bit put off by the dude doing the digging. Go figure.

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  4. Now I’m hungry. All this talk of clam chowder. I used to live on Cape Cod MA and there was good chowder and fried clams there.
    Seeing the GBH and egret I think of Charleston SC. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • I grew up in Boston and spent some time on the Cape. Good place for chowdah… but I’ve found some places here to match it. Our Charleston is a sleepy little fishing village compared to the one in SC. Yesterday’s scene had me wishing for a longer lens, but the price, the weight (not to mention likely need for a tripod) said “no”…. ๐Ÿ™‚ I suspect the heron may have flown away as I tried to inch in closer. Almost didn’t catch the take-off.

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  5. Love these – we have an estuary close by at Saltram House, where they filmed Sense & Sensibility with Emma Thompson, and as its a little hidden from the road, I don’t get to see the activity as up close and personal as this – good one Gunta

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    • Oh! Emma is near the top of my list of favorites, along with Meryl and Judy Dench. Did you get to see her? I had to walk out on a narrow dock to get as close as I could. Almost got run over by a truck while I was out there (not really, the guy very politely waited for me to walk back to where there was room enough for both of us.)

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    • I thought the man was kind of cute. I still haven’t quite figured out what the head gear was, but for some reason he made me think of a pirate. I sure wouldn’t want to be digging out there in that muck. But, yes, I do love the birds the very best. And I’m glad I’ve made it back to your reader.

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