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A Nature Walk in South Carolina - Colors and Shadows Captured on Beautiful Day.

Updated on February 28, 2020
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Don is a Writer and a Storyteller. He has published over 9 books on varied subjects along with many articles and commentary on his blogs.


A DragonFly Resting on  twig
A DragonFly Resting on twig | Source

Sights in Longs South Carolina near Myrtle Beach

I live in a nice little community in Longs SC called the Long Bay Club.

Overall, it is full of friendly residents, mostly retired, mostly area transplants, who are enjoying the climate and lifestyle of the Myrtle Beach area of South Carolina.

I, like many in the community, have one type of physical ailment or another. And like myself, I assume they also have Doctors who harp on their need to eat healthy, take their medications, and most importantly, exercise regularly.

I hate the dedicating the time you need to put into exercising regularly,.But knowing that I really do need it; when my wife and I are in town, I try to walk around in the community at least several times a week.

Our community has several miles of nice flat streets available to the residents, and there is no through traffic, so it is a relatively safe place for anyone to walk.

When you walk the same route regularly, the scenery does get a little boring. Almost as boring, believe it or not, as if I was in a gym.

You know, riding one of their many exercise machines that are designed to provide physical punishment, (or so it seems, LOL) for hours.

Beautiful Palm Leaves in the Sunlight

Capturing the sunlight passing through some Palm Leaves
Capturing the sunlight passing through some Palm Leaves | Source

Nature is everywhere, Just Look for it.

Don't get me wrong, our community is a very nice, slightly upscale one, with a nice variety of quality homes in it.

No cookie cutter homes here. The variety of designs, colors, and layouts of the homes are all some of the key things that enticed me to the development in the first place.

In addition, all of the homes are nicely landscaped with a broad variety of shrubs and flowers that really set the community off, over and above many of the other ones that I checked out when we were looking to move into the area.

But, as I said, repetition of scenery forces you to look for something different to break up the monotony of repeatedly walking the same route.

So, today, before my walk, I grabbed one of my cameras, and decided to catch some shots of the community. Not pictures of houses or even their structured and planned flower gardens.

No, I wanted pictures of what Nature insists on sticking out of the ground, whenever we humans turn our backs and relax for a little while, in our futile attempts to tame her.

Nature Photography

So, being something of a photographer, I decided that I was going to concentrate on what Nature had waiting on me, while focusing particularly on shots of combination's of interesting colors and contrasting shadows.

Included in this article, are some of those shots. All of them are what I saw as good examples of Colors and Shadows of Natures just lying there for me to enjoy.

I hope you enjoy the pictures, and for you people living in the community and anywhere that there is natural plant growth, come on out and walk.

It won't kill you. At least that is what my Doctor says to me every time I go for another checkup.

And, according to my wife, "As lazy as you are; If YOU can walk, ANYBODY should be able to!".

That always brings a laugh to my throat. Ha! Ha!

All joking aside, sometimes you just have to go outside, re-adjust your focus, and you might be surprised how much beauty you are walking past every day.

All you have to do is slow down, and Look!

PS: These are just a collection of quick shots, that I enjoyed, and will continue to enjoy. I am not trying to post a collection of award-winning pictures, Just what I see there, on a daily walk, that Nature put out there for my enjoyment.

Just a Vine, Growing on a Pine Tree

Vine on a Pine
Vine on a Pine | Source
DragonFly | Source
Empty Lot
Empty Lot | Source
A Little Autumn Color on a Bank
A Little Autumn Color on a Bank | Source
Interesting Colors in a Ditch
Interesting Colors in a Ditch | Source
Contrasting Shades of Colors
Contrasting Shades of Colors | Source
Cattail in Shadows
Cattail in Shadows | Source
Carolina Pines in the Sunlight
Carolina Pines in the Sunlight | Source

Berries You do not eat

Oconee Azalea
Oconee Azalea | Source
Colors and Shadows 1
Colors and Shadows 1 | Source

A well placed Birds Nest

Birds Nest
Birds Nest | Source
An Oak Tree - Is it a "Tree in Shadow" or is it a "Tree in the Sun"???????
An Oak Tree - Is it a "Tree in Shadow" or is it a "Tree in the Sun"??????? | Source

Seed Pods

I Gotta Look it up.
I Gotta Look it up. | Source

Poke Berries

Poke | Source

Grass run Amuck!

Leaves in the Sun
Leaves in the Sun | Source

Poke Leaves and Berries

Pokeweed | Source

Using the GoPro Hero Camera

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


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    • Don Bobbitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Don Bobbitt 

      6 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      crazyhorseghost- I like the idea of a pond in the yard. And having lots ofdragon flies around sounds great too. I love to catch them in a photo, but they are a little shy, for some reason.

      Thanks for the read and the comment.


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      Don Bobbitt 

      6 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      Journey- Thank you so much for the read and kind words on my pictures. I am so glad that you enjoyed them.


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      Gail Sobotkin 

      6 years ago from South Carolina

      Thanks for the great tip, Don, I'll definitely try it!

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      Thomas Byers 

      6 years ago from East Coast , United States

      I really loved the photos especially the dragon fly at the top. I added a small pond to the front yard this year and I have attracted a lot of dragon flies to my yard with the pond. I always love your photos. And your writing. Great work here as always. Thanks.

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      Don Bobbitt 

      6 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      Happyboomernurse- Thanks so much for the read and your kind comments about my Hub article.

      Long ago, when I got my first SLR camera, a friend told me about a little trick to get good pictures.

      He told me to just stand still and look at nothing in particular. He then told that within a minute or so something would draw my attention. It could be a movement, a different color, a peculiar shape, or a combination of all three. He went on to tell me that the thing that caught my unfocused eyes was the shot I wanted. The rest of what was in front of me was just surroundings.

      This has worked for me for a long time. Try it sometime.


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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

      6 years ago from USA

      Hi Don, Thanks for sharing your beautiful and vibrant nature photos. Voted beautiful!

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      6 years ago from South Carolina

      Hi Don,

      I love nature walks and never get bored taking them because I do the things you mentioned in this article--focus on details like the way the sun shines on a specific plant or insect, the whimsical formation of clouds, ripples of water, etc. Doing so makes me realize that my frequent walks, even over the same path, is always unique and fascinating.

      Nature photography is a great way to focus on detail and it's always a thrill when the shots turn out great. Your dragonfly photo is absolutely stunning!

      Voted up across the board including funny because your wife's comment made me chuckle.


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      Don Bobbitt 

      8 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      Bobbi- Your comment about my photographs are so appreciated.

      I am thrilled to have others recognize my work.

      Thanks again,


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      Don Bobbitt 

      8 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      tillsontitan- Thank You for the compliments to my photographs.

      I just wanted people to understand and appreciate the beauty that surrounds them. I.... they willonlt slow down and take a close look.

      I followed that Dragonfly from tree limb to tree limb for about ten minutes and I finally got the shot.

      Thanks again for the kind words,


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      8 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      woww...these are all so beautiful. I love them all to be honest. Cant choose one sorry :-)

      Thanks for sharing. I am sharing also. Votes all up way :-)

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      Mary Craig 

      8 years ago from New York

      YOU may not think its award winning photography but I beg to differ, these photos are fantastic. That photo of the dragonfly, the bird's nest, the poke, just to name a few, are really fantastic!

      Boy, are we glad you walk. I hope you keep walking for your health, but more than that I hope you keep sharing pictures!

      Voted up, awesome, and beautiful.

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      Barbara Purvis Hunter 

      8 years ago from Florida


      Your hub was designed with a great page layout. And I am a lover of nature and all that lives within.

      Your photos made my busy morning stop and take a refreshing breath---they are beautiful. Thanks for sharing such wonderful shots with us.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Don Bobbitt 

      9 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      Kris, and Kikalina- Yeah, I am proud of that shot of the Dragonfly. It just flew along the road as I walked until I finally pulled my little camera out and caught the Pic.

      BTW, I caught these shots with a little NIKON S8000 pocket camera that is 14-Megapixels and has 10x optical Zoom. A nice cheapie to carry around for those surprise shots.

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      9 years ago from Europe

      That dragon fly is spectacular.

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      Kris Heeter 

      9 years ago from Indiana

      Lovely pictures - I love the dragonfly!

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      Sue W. 

      10 years ago

      Beautiful pictures Don. You have a great eye!

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      10 years ago

      Hey - I love it! Great pictures and narrative also.

      Could you do me a 5 x 8 (or so) copy of BIRD'S NEST, POKE, PALM LEAVES, or maybe LEAVES IN THE SUN? Would be glad to pay you for them. Want to mat, frame, and hang.

      No hurry, just whenever. On second thought, and if you don't mind and will give me your permission, maybe I can figure out a way to copy them right here onto my photo paper (without having to copy all of them) and do it myself. Let me know what you think. Really nice work.


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      10 years ago

      Very nice, I'm glad I live in such a beautiful place. Nice eye for the beauty here.


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