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“L” is for

Well “L” has to be for LOVE! 

Love can be demonstrated in so many ways. There is the love you have for a neighbor, the love you have for a parent, the love you have for a child. We are probably quick to think of the love we have for a spouse.

Often times we are quick to forget the love that God has for us. Today I was studying 1 John, in preparation for this weeks Disciple class, and verses 9-10 really jumped out at me and also caused me to think of the image shown below. I hope it speaks to your heart too.

9 By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.…

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“D” is for

D is for DUCKS!

I have been tending to a very bad knee the past week or so and have not been able to get out and shoot for this project. Managed to get out briefly this morning and i think you will like the results!

As you know from previous posts, Huntington Beach State Park is not far from the house and provides a plethora of photographic opportunities. All week as I was “nursing” my knee, I watched with jealousy as photographer friends were having fun shooting ducks and pelicans and swans and sunsets and eagles. I made a quick and only slightly painful trip to the park this morning and was greeted by Redhead Ducks, Hooded Mergansers and Bufflehead ducks. The Buffleheads alluded my camera but I did get a few shots that you can see below. I have included some “duck facts” to go along with them. Hope you enjoy!

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The hooded merganser (seen above) is the smallest of the three merganser species occurring in North America. Male hooded mergansers have a large white crest surrounded by black. The top of the head, neck and back are all black, and the chest, breast and belly are white. Wavy black lines can be seen on the tawny sides and flanks. The hindback, rump and tail are dark brown. The long, narrow, serrated bill is black. The iris is bright yellow and the legs and feet are dull yellow. Female hooded mergansers have a gray-brown head and neck with a reddish-brown crest. Gray pervades their neck, chest, sides and flanks, and brownish-black dominates their back, rump and tail. The upper bill is black-edged with orange and the lower bill is yellow. The legs and feet are greenish in color and the iris is brown.


redhead2-web redhead-duck-pair-3a-webThe two images above are Redhead Ducks. Male redheads have a reddish head and upper neck with a black lower neck, foreback and breast. The remaining back is a dark grayish color. The hind back and tail are brownish-black. A broad band of light gray extends across the dusky gray wing and out onto the primaries, which helps distinguish it from scaup. The legs and feet are gray, and the bill is light blue-gray with a whitish band behind a relatively wide black tip. The male call resembles the “meow” of a cat. Female redheads have a reddish-brown head, neck and breast, with a buff white chin and throat and an indistinct eye ring and stripe behind the eye. The flanks are warm brown, contrasting little with the breast, but with buffer fringes. The upper parts are darker and duller brown, with the upper-wing-coverts browner than on the male; otherwise the wing is similar to that of the male. The bill is duller than the male’s, but similar in pattern.

OK, “E” is next – stay tuned!

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“C” is for

CLOUDS! It was a cloudy day along the coast with promises of rain Saturday. Here is a shot of the clouds along the Marshwalk of Murrells Inlet.

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Last Sunset

This is the last sunset of 2013. Although the clouds were abundant I decided to try to capture this momentous occasion. Went to the causeway at Huntington Beach State Park. The clouds kept rolling in, so I actually shot this just a bit before actual sunset. Hope you enjoy!

Watch for my posts on my A-Z project!

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Murrells Inlet

Murrells Inlet is my home! Everybody likes to brag about their home, and guess what — Murrells Inlet is legendary!   It’s the place where hushpuppies were invented, where Blackbeard and other pirates of the high seas stashed their ill-gotten booty. It’s the place where local and visitor alike have reported the chance meeting with one of the Inlet’s local ghosts.   History in our community began writing itself long before this area was officially named Murrells Inlet by the post office in 1913. The origin of this name remains a mystery with theories resting in passed-down legends of pirates and fishermen and incomplete records of landowners, plats and maps. 

By the 1700s, scores of pirates had taken to the high seas to intercept cargo vessels and make off with the goods.  The South Carolina coastal waters were especially productive for pirates and the coves and inlets along Murrells Inlet provided great hiding places for those marauders.

Pirates who became local legends include Edward Teach, also known as Blackbeard because of his coal-black beard, and Drunken Jack, who was left behind on an island with a huge stash of stolen rum (and died with a smile on his face).

Our history includes Native American tribes, 16th century Spanish explorers and English colonists.  By the 1800s successful rice plantations were producing almost 47 million pounds of rice and were more successful than the tobacco  and cotton plantations of the Southeast.

People who summered in Murrells Inlet in the 1800s generally traveled by steamboat docking at the Wachesaw River Landing.  The river steamboats were known for excellent food and many of the steamboats’ cooks settled in Murrells Inlet, giving the area a reputation for savory cuisine long ago.

Yep – Murrells Inlet is where I call home! If you have not ever been here, you owe it to yourself to visit at least once. Put us on your “bucket list”!

This image was from the afternoon of 11 October 2013, click it for larger view:

Stormy Inlet


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Featured Photographer – Terry Shoemaker

Todays Featured Photographer is Murrells Inlet artist Terry Shoemaker moved to Murrells Inlet in 2007 from Pennsylvania.  He really enjoys the wildlife at Huntington Beach State Park and it became his main photographic interest. In the last couple years he also found a lot of the natural beauty in the area from the historic tobacco barns and related farm buildings to plantations and seascapes. Terry is an active member of the Carolinas’ Nature Photography Association where he is quick to share his skills and knowledge with others.

More of his images can be seen at:

His Fine Art Site:

His Flickr page:

His Charleston Art Shop page:

Here are some images that Terry has shared with you.

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Belin Memorial United Methodist Church

Belin Memorial United Methodist Church, named for the Reverend James L. Belin, Methodist Minister and benefactor to the entire Waccamaw Neck, was built in 1925 with materials salvaged from the dismantling of the Oatland Methodist Church near Pawleys Island. Mrs. W.L. Oliver was instrumental in having the building literally moved piece by piece to the present site. The work was done during the ministry of the Reverend W.T. Bedenbaugh who lived at Cedar Hill parsonage. The church sanctuary was first renovated in 1955 during the ministry of the Reverend J. H. Armburst. In 1967, an education and administration building was completed during  the pastorate of the Reverend Needham Williamson. In 1977, the sanctuary was moved approximately 75 ft. to the center of the Cedar Hill location and more than doubled in size. This ambitious project was completed in  the spring of 1978 during the pastorate of the Reverend Wesley Farr.

In 1991, during the ministry of the Reverend W. Robert Morris, the Belin Church family approved plans for the construction of a new sanctuary to be designed to mirror the older structure. The first worship service was held in the new sanctuary on September 6, 1992, by the Reverend Harold P. Lewis, newly appointed pastor of Belin. On May 2, 1993, a Belin church conference voted to donate the original Belin sanctuary to the Joseph B. Bethea United Methodist Church located off Highway 501, west of Myrtle Beach. The indebtedness on the new sanctuary was quickly and gracefully paid off, and the church was dedicated on March 29, 1998, by Bishop J. Lawrence

Almost immediately, the Belin family of faith determined to build a state-of-the-art Family Life Center, and it was completed and consecrated on December 12, 1999, under the leadership of the Reverend Harold P. Lewis.
Belin Memorial United Methodist Church is now a congregation of more than 2,000 members with an ongoing vision for both the present and the future.

Shown below is the present day (September 2013) Belin Memorial UMC Sanctuary as it appears at night.

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Belin Memorial UMC

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Huntington Beach State Park

The 2500 acres of Huntington Beach State Park hold a rich bounty of Grand Strand treasures. The park is only fifteen miles from downtown Myrtle Beach but is a world away from the hustle and bustle of the beaches to its north. Some do visit Huntington Beach State Park just to enjoy the beautiful and uncrowded beach. You can also camp, tour Atalaya, fish, and explore nature. You have a chance to see alligators or view some of the few hundred bird species that have been sighted in Huntington Beach park.

The park’s Education Center contains an exhibit hall, featuring a touch tank, several aquariums, a number of live animal exhibits (including a baby alligator), and a variety of interactive exhibits. The Education Center also contains a classroom with a number of compound and dissecting microscopes and audio-visual equipment, a Wet Lab with a dozen aquariums and variety of living and preserved marine organisms, and a new Eco Lab with a plankton farm and biotope aquariums representing the different wetland habitats of the park.

You can learn more about this South Carolina State Park at this link.

Here is last nights sunset as seen from the causeway at HBSP and also a shot from last night of a diverse group of feeding birds (Wood Storks, Egrets and a Spoonbill).

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Group Feeding

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Roseate Spoonbill

A bizarre wading bird of the southern coasts, the Roseate Spoonbill uses its odd bill to strain small food items out of the water. Its bright pink coloring leads many tourists to think they have seen a flamingo.

The adult Roseate Spoonbill is among the most striking North American birds. Nearly three feet tall, adults have long reddish legs, a pink body, and pink wings with deep red highlights. The neck and breast are mostly white, and there are touches of orange on the rump, face, and shoulders. Most unusual is the unfeathered head, which can be yellow or greenish, and the long, spatulate bill, for which the species is named. With a wingspan of about 50 inches, adult spoonbills weigh over three pounds. Immature birds are paler overall, with feathered white heads.

The Roseate Spoonbill is at once beautiful and bizarre. Its rose-colored plumage is striking even from a distance. Viewed more closely, the bald greenish head and unusual spoon-shaped bill of this elegantly plumed bird are apparent. Thanks to conservation efforts, the species has recovered significantly from near-decimation during the plume-hunting era.

Here are a couple of images of a Roseate Spoonbill that I took at Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina:

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Well, last night was another round of fireworks at the Marshwalk here in Murrells Inlet. A group of eateries along the Marshwalk got together this summer and sponsored firework displays every Monday night, through August.  Here are some shots from last nights edition!

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