Sunday, July 26, 2009

Bumblebees pollinating a magnolia tree

Early this morning (about 6:30 a.m.) as I was leaving my girlfriends house, I spotted these bumblebees (note the corbicula on hind legs) polinating a magnolia tree. Part of me wanted to fold back the petals of the flower so I could see the bees better, but I decided to leave it alone!

We nature photographers don't like to interfere! :)

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Close encounter with dolphin

I shot this video with my Canon PowerShot A450 (cheap little point-and-shoot camera that takes surprisingly good video). This was at the head of Broad Creek as we turned in toward Shelter Cove Harbour for lunch.

This friendly dolphin hung around just long enough to figure out we didn't have any food. A few minutes later, I dove into the water wearing my prescription sunglasses.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Water spouts

A few mornings ago as I was getting off duty, dispatch contacted the fire station to let us know that up to 3 water spouts had been reported in the area.

I love water spouts, and I've been waiting 12 years (the time I've lived on Hilton Head Island) to see one in real life!

It turns out there was a water spout just off the coast along South Forest Beach. I could have turned left out of the fire station, driven one block, and watched it for 15 minutes!

Maybe next time. On the plus side, a lot of people saw the water spouts and took pictures, which can be viewed at the Island Packet's website.

Image credit: Brian Vaughn,

Image credit: Jeff Davidson,

See the rest of the photos HERE.