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May 7 - May 14, 2008

live oak tree
live oak trees
Live Oak Trees, Quercus virginiana, also called Southern Live Oak Trees
live oak tree with Spanish Moss
live oak tree with Spanish Moss
Live Oak Trees with Spanish Moss
   
Ruddy Turnstone
Shorebirds
Ruddy Turnstone at low tide
Shorebirds eagerly foraging at low tide
   
Malaclemys terrapin
Diamondback Terrapin
Diamondback Terrapin, Malaclemys terrapin, probably cut by a boat propeller that bled to death near St. Helena Sound -- Diamondback Terrapins live in brackish water found in sounds and creeks. Increasingly, they are dying in abandoned crab pots. Called ghost crab pots or derelict crab pots, those are pots that broke free of their ropes and floated away. They become mired at the muddy bottom of the sound. Crabs and small turtles that enter cannot exit and die.
Photos of a live Malaclemys terrapin or Diamondback Terrapin generously shared by Jeffrey C. Beane, Collections Manager for Herpetology, North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences
   
A future Tiger Woods
   
Mired in mud
   
Limulus polyphemus
Limulus polyphemus
Live, large Horseshoe Crabs, Limulus polyphemus -- For the full story, go to: http://communities.brunswickvoice.com/main/default.asp?item=2202345
   
Limulus polyphemus
Horseshoe Crab
A helpless live Horseshoe Crab
A live Horseshoe Crab digging into mud
 
Horseshoe Crab
Limulus polyphemus
Live, large Horseshoe Crab
Horseshoe Crab shell, nearly 13 inches wide
 
Limulus polyphemus
Eggs inside shell of dead Horseshoe Crab
Tricolored Heron foraging
Tricolored Heron foraging
A Happy Camper
Unlike golf cart crossing signs where I live, this reflects Edisto Beach.
spider crab
brown finger sponge
A live Spider Crab on a Cannonball Jellyfish
An exceptionally tall Brown Finger Sponge
medusae of the genus Stomolophus
medusae of the genus Stomolophus
Jellyfish of the genus Stomolophusos, species unknown -- I found many on Edisto Beach and one on Eddingsville Island
Edisto Island Mystery Tree
The Mystery Tree
The heart of the Mystery Tree
The Mystery Tree
Sailboat
The top of the Mystery Tree
Sea Anemone
Sea Anemones
Sea Anemone, species unknown, along with Sea Pansies
Two of the same species of Sea Anemones
Channeled Whelk
Lightning and Channeled Whelks
Channeled Whelk, 7.5 inches long
Lightning Whelk on Channeled Whelk
Pickerelweed
Pontederia cordata, Pontederiaceae
Pickerelweed, Pontederia cordata, Pontederiaceae
Palmetto Trees
Inodes Palmetto
Some of South Carolina's tallest Palmetto Trees. Inodes Palmetto, in Edisto Beach State Park
Charadrius wilsonia
Wilson's Plover egg
Wilson's Plover, Charadrius wilsonia, on third egg with two newly hatched chicks in front of her. For further details, go to: http://communities.brunswickvoice.com/main/default.asp?item=2203208

The third egg, left alone while parents were supervising the precocious siblings

Wilson's Plover, male
Charadrius wilsonia
Wilson's Plover, male, returned to protect egg after I photographed it.
Standing over egg in this photo. This baby hatched within a few hours.
Wilson's Plovers
Charadrius wilsonia
Wilson's Plovers -- newborn and mother
Wilson's Plover, newborn
Charadrius wilsonia
Charadrius wilsonia
Wilson's Plover, newborn
Wilson's Plovers -- mother and chick
Wilson's Plover
Charadrius wilsonia
Wilson's Plover, female
Wilson's Plover, male
Clibanarius vittatus
Striped Hermit Crab, Clibanarius vittatus, crawling in whelk shell on beach