Low Country Photography - with My cameras on Skidaway Island, Georgia - Page Two

The Return - June 2008

My time through the winter and the spring in Georgia was ended as far as work related trips. However, we’d been developing a Jacksonville, Florida acquisition & rehabilitation project, the largest of this type our firm has undertaken to date, so this required my presence in the south on occasion. Jacksonville is less than two-hours by road from Savannah and I had every intention of visiting my friends when I returned to the area. What made the difference was the potential travel plan… Shorter duration trips to Jacksonville were made by air travel versus the fairly long drive from Maine. I did a combination of both but planned to drive in June so I could carry my photographic equipment the week I conducted the presentation to Savannah Ogeechee Audubon.

Otter along the Nature Trail - The Landings

Wood Stork group This article details photographic efforts on Skidaway Island but I was also active shooting in other locations in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida in the same time period of 2008. I’d joined an astronomy friend & fellow bird photographer, Ken Schmidt for an extended weekend in the Tallahassee area along with an Audubon group which turned out to be great fun as well as quite a success. I stopped at several prime birding locations on the drive from Savannah into Florida and did a series of nature and landscape images. Then there is always the ‘birding on the road’ concept where you may observe something different or unusual while driving along or simply locate a promising spot or refuge to get the cameras out to learn what may be around - not just birds, anything of interest actually. I obtained some excellent images of a Swallow-tailed Kite in flight this way, a first photographically for me and an event that pleased me greatly.

Wood Stork Group at Priests Landing. This is a two-shot composite stitched in Photoshop CS3.

I arranged my schedule as much as was possible to remain in Maine during the month of May, the premier birding month at home for the spring migration when the warblers come through. I was successful in this effort and even managed to take some time off work so I could canvass the local hot spots over several weeks. I added a number of new species to my Bird Photography Index from this period. If you take time to view the Index, scroll down to the bottom of the species listings and you’ll see a tag entitled ‘Special Edition Galleries’ – this contains photo galleries of my bird images by date in the field and includes many photographs of my May efforts.

Red-headed Woodpecker up close at Skidaway Island State Park
Canon 1Ds/600mm lens extended to 840mm on tripod, 1/1000 second, f/8 @ ISO 1000 with flash
Red-headed Woodpecker


A Brief Digression...Again

There is one item I wish to share in this account that I thought was interesting in my travels between Savannah and Jacksonville… I’ve conducted a considerably amount of genealogy on our family’s southern lines particularly focused on ancestors involved with Confederate service during the Civil War (War Between the States). The Writings and Articles index on my website includes a compilation of this information in the Civil War section that was assembled over many years for two primary lines, My Rodgers' Family in Confederate Service and My Youmans' Family in Confederate Service. I was the first generation of my Rogers (Rodgers) family not born and raised in South Carolina and the pull of my state of heritage remains strong…

My grandmother, Florence Elizabeth Youmans, descended from a prominent antebellum family who resided in the Low Country of South Carolina in what was then Beaufort District. Nowadays this area forms a portion of Hampton County, named after Wade Hampton, when the district was converted to a county system in the late 1800’s. The County lies close to equidistant between Charleston and Savannah and I’ve learned the ties to this Georgia city were strong.

Kiro at Grandfather's gravesite If you conduct much ancestral research on this terrible time in our Nation’s history it won’t take long to discover that various companies with a decidedly local composition formed into regiments and went off to war. One such regiment from my area of research was the Third South Carolina Cavalry and I have multiple Confederate ancestors that served in this regiment, mostly in Companies E, including my great, great grandfather, Lieutenant James Peeples Youmans & F, with multiple Youmans family members. The 3rd SC Cavalry remained in South Carolina for most of the war and the ten companies did not serve together but were spread out guarding the rail line between Charleston & Savannah. Being in and around Savannah is a genealogical treat for me as many of the area place names, i.e., Bluffton, Honey Hill, Hardeeville, etc., have come up often in the course of this research.

Now to the point… I was well aware that Company F had been captured in South Newport, Georgia in August of 1864 after they had been detached to monitor Union activities. When driving south on I-95 you travel through South Newport and on one of my trips I diverted off the interstate and drove over to Harris Neck Wildlife Refuge. Following the road to Harris Neck takes one across the South Newport River and close to where the 1864 bridge was burned by a Union incursion up the river. Most of Company F was captured in this skirmish including several of the members of the Youmans family. I was quite surprised to see the historical marker of this event indicated below and was previously unaware about it.

Kiro at the gravesite of his grandfather, James Peeples Youmans in 1995; Black Creek Baptist Cemetery,Hampton County, South Carolina.

One of James P. Youmans nephews, Edwin Caruthers Youmans, was captured in the South Newport skirmish, his Combined Service Record from the National Archives indicates the date as August 17, 1864. Edwin was 'admitted to the U.S.A. Post Hospital, Morris Island, SC, with a complaint of chronic diarrhea, on January 12, 1864, and died, January 15, 1865' (at age 19). I know his cousin, William McBride Chisolm, was also captured with Company F, but survived the war dying in Hampton County in February 1912. William’s record indicates he appeared on a ‘descriptive list of Rebel prisoners of war transferred from Philadelphia, PA., to Fort Delaware, Del., January 10, 1865, by order of the Military Commander’. Later he also appears on a Prisoner of War Register at Fort Delaware, received there January 12, 1865; the last listing in his file is the “Oath of Allegiance”, subscribed to at Fort Delaware, Delaware, which list his place of residence as Beaufort, SC; (spelled 'Buford' in the documents); he was released June 10, 1865, ending his Confederate war service.

Many of the Company F men ended up in Fort Delaware Prison on Pea Patch Island in the Delaware River, in the southern view one of the most dreaded facilities of all. And many did not survive the harsh conditions – it was sometimes referred to as the ‘Andersonville of the North’. I’ve visited this site and viewed the prison’s most significant monument of all: the 2,436 Confederate graves at Finns Point National Cemetery. Multiple names of 3rd South Carolina Cavalry, Company F members are listed as having died at Fort Delaware Prison. Nowadays the site is Fort Delaware State Park - people frolic about and picnic at the site – the tragedy and devastation of the American Civil War long in the past…

Historical marker in South Newport, Georgia
Historical Marker - South Newport, Georgia

Black-crowned Night-Heron in flight My time in Georgia this June wouldn’t be lengthy and I did have business to conduct while in the south. This made photography a secondary concern to the overall effort but I planned to get out with my friends whenever my schedule permitted. Before it was over I managed this on three or four occasions and planned a three-day weekend for some down time before commencing the return drive. Except for one day-long field trip we stayed on Skidaway Island for these efforts.

Black-crowned Night-Heron in Flight at the rookery - 1Ds Mark III, 1/250 second @ f/14, ISO 640 at 840mm

While back in Maine during the month of May I remained in contact with my Savannah friends via telephone and email. In some of the emails received I started to read about a new fellow that had been met through photography, Hunter Kennedy, another resident of The Landings. As most of our correspondence was distributed to all of us collectively, Hunter and I started to correspond a bit and I looked forward to meeting him. I learned that Hunter, much like Doug & Fitz, is indeed an interesting fellow with a remarkable background from naval officer to university professor. He has an avid interest in photography as well and was organizing a website and the ‘Photographers Bulletin’, distributed electronically, to share information & knowledge among interested parties around the island.

Wood Stork at the rookery
Wood Stork in flight

Summer Tanager Hunter, Doug and I planned an excursion to Clyo, Georgia to the home and grounds of Jimmy & Ann Smith-Wilson. These really nice folks were known through the birding community connections and Doug had recently been involved on a field trip to the site and wished to return, I don’t recall but Fitz either had plans or didn’t choose to make the trip with us this day. We left early to arrive in Clyo, about a ninety-minute drive from Savannah in early light and spent multiple hours investigating the grounds. If you’ve reviewed any of my other articles you’ve probably figured out by now that many subjects hold my interest. I will take the time to photograph anything that catches my eye and this day was no different. Although not from Skidaway Island, I’ll post a photo template from Clyo.

Summer Tanager image from our Clyo trip - 1Ds Mark III, 1/2500 second @ f/8, ISO 640 at 840mm

Views from Clyo, Georgia

Other than this one day the balance of our field time was spent somewhere on Skidaway Island. Most of these sessions weren’t of long duration but with the target rich environment around The Landings they don’t necessarily have to be. We visited ‘the rookery’ on several occasions, generally in morning light allowing me to observe the progress of the Great Egret hatchlings, who were nearly full sized by now.

Fitz was primarily interested in locating some of his non-feathered winged friends. Shooting at the rookery in morning light was his compromise to prevent a mutiny in the ranks – the ‘ranks’ being Doug and I of course. Later I realized the method in his madness... The temperature had to get up around 80 degrees before his favorite critters started on the wing so an early session of bird photography in his view worked out great followed by a switch over to seek butterflies and dragonflies. It wouldn’t have surprised me to learn he had a chart denoting the exact temperature by species and a portable thermometer on his golf cart he kept an eye on. He recognized we wouldn’t say much if he didn’t make us hunt bugs throughout the entire time. Fitz is indeed a crafty devil...

Great Egret feeding young
Great Egret feeding young

Views from The Rookery - An adult Black-crowned Night-Heron and a Black Vulture

Black-crowned Night-Heron Black Vulture

Hanging with the Bug Man on Skidaway Island

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail At this point I hope you have at least a marginal interest in some of the local insects found on Skidaway Island because the Bug Man took us down on the nature trail into a target rich environment for the remaining sessions I had in Georgia. Fitz will photograph anything he likes as well these days as long as it crawls, creeps or flies about and can be photographed with his Canon 180mm f/3.5L Macro lens... His study of host plants for various dragon & damselflies as well as butterflies was becoming such that he was a definite expert in these matters – compared to us he was a true connoisseur of bug life. Whenever Doug and I got together with the cameras and Fitz we knew what to expect. We’d look at one another and decide if we wanted to shoot with shorter focal lengths or stay with longer lenses to seek out birds. Hanging out with the Bug Man is always an experience and I opted to join him on the ‘golf cart patrol’ whenever I could. When we did this and Doug had time to go, he would follow along in his cart and we stayed together.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail - 1Ds Mark III, 1/2500 second @ f/8, ISO 640 at 840mm

It wasn’t all insects though... One day on the golf cart as Fitz and I were patrolling we spotted a pair of Mississippi Kites in a tree. I jumped out of the cart with my 5d and 400mm lens and got off three or four exposures before the birds were out of sight. None were exceptional by the one viewed at right is an excellent view of the Kite from behind.

Mississippi Kite - the first I'd ever photographed - Canon 5d/400mm f/5.6L lens, 1/1250 @f/5.6, ISO 640 handheld
Mississippi Kite

Zabulon Skipper Male Zabulon Skipper on the nature trail - 1Ds Mark III, 1/2500 second @ f/11, ISO 3200 at 840mm with flash

On one of these trips it was just Fitz and I in his golf cart. I figured we’d be shooting insects so didn’t bring my 600mm f/4 lens along as I normally would. There had been Barred Owl sightings along the nature trail so we recognized they were in the area. We’d hope to spot one of these but so far had no luck whatsoever until this one particular day. As we hiked along heading to some plantings that Fitz knew would be a likely butterfly patch, a pair of Barred Owls flew across the trail and into the woods. One kept going and was quickly out of sight. The other however, landed fairly close by in a tree and in my line of sight. As usual whenever I failed to bring it along, I mentally kicked myself for not having the long lens and extender available to image this bird... At this range the shots would have obtained a wonderful image scale. So, I thought about what I did have available, consisting of my 400mm F/5.6L lens and a 70~200 f/2.8L zoom, each on a camera body. I did have a flash head and tripod as well so set up with as much reach as I had to capture this subject.

Barred Owl on the nature trail at 400mm - I think about how this would have looked at 840mm...
Barred Owl

I spent nearly two hours observing this owl as the bird preened and napped. It was early morning and the woods were dark. Handheld I realized I had little chance of obtaining enough shutter speed to prevent image blur. As I looked behind me I could see the sun climbing & predicated upon the lay of the land and my vantage point to observe the owl, I figured if I waited a bit it would lighten up the scene. I didn’t want to leave as the owl may fly or I wouldn’t be able to find the exact location again, so I hung out while Fitz went down to set up a shoot zone for butterflies. I changed cameras, placed the 400mm lens on the 1Ds Mark III & tripod and took some shots to adjust the flash. As a point of interest, while waiting for the sun to rise a bit, I photographed the otter that appears at the top of this page below the title block. The photo template below exhibits some of the images I took at this time.

Barred Owl

Palamedes Swallowtail Palamedes Swallowtail on the nature trail - 1Ds Mark III, 1/250 second @ f/11, ISO 3200 at 840mm with flash

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, a Bumblebee & Palamedes Swallowtail flight

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Bee on the Nature Trail Palamedes Swallowtails

Palamedes Swallowtail, Zabulon Skipper & Palamedes Swallowtail in flight

Palamedes Swallowtail Zabulon Skipper Palamedes Swallowtail in flight

Broken Dash Skipper

One can find all kinds of interesting subjects if you take time to investigate. I came across this small spider and set up to take a few shots. I’m developing a decent archive of spiders and web shots and at some point may construct a website section to display this overall effort.

I photographed this Crablike Spiny Orb Weaver (Gasteracantha cancriformis) on one of our field trips
1Ds Mark III, 1/320 second @ f/8, ISO 800 at 840mm with flash
Crablike Spiny Orb Weaver

Gulf fritillary

Carolina Anole

We viewed several examples of the Carolina Anole aka Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis) on various parts of the island where they are common. I’ll always take the time to photograph these if I spot one.

Southern Anole Southern Anole Southern Anole

Fitz appeared pleased that we spotted some of these Giant Swallowtails. On one of our trips he indicated to Doug and me that our mission was to seek out and photograph three swallowtail butterflies that he had a particular interest in. The three included the Giant, Palamedes and Zebra Swallowtail. As can be viewed in this article, we were successful on two out of three... We actually did view some Zebra Swallowtails flying about, but as Fitz indicated they rarely perch and when they do it’s generally up high. We can second this finding - it was difficult to keep track of this specimen hoping it would perch somewhere within line of sight of one of our set ups. I never had an opportunity to achieve focus on a Zebra Swallowtail. Fitz was quite happy that we obtained images of the Palamedes & Giant Swallowtails all the same and partially forgave us...


Caddisfly At the end of one of our sessions traveling along on the carts Fitz spotted this insect on a tree. Nobody had a clue what it was and for the life of me I couldn’t see this specimen with my naked eye. Doug came over with his camera and took a few exposures and shortly afterwards I set my tripod up and attempted to do the same. As embarrassing as it was, I ended up asking Doug to get my lens on the subject – I simply couldn’t see where it was. After he got my lens on it I was able to pick it out but it was difficult to see. Fitz reached out to some of his bug friends and came back with a report that this was a Caddisfly... Okay Fitz if you say so... Anyway, at left is one of the images I took of this creature.

Caddisfly perched on a tree - 1Ds Mark III, 1/400 second @ f/10, ISO 3200 at 840mm with flash

With all the butterfly imaging I’d been doing I thought it would be interesting to see what could be done with some wing shots. Although the wing beat of a butterfly is quick, it’s slower than a hummingbird so I experimented when I had the opportunity. I conducted one entire session at 3200 ISO with my flash in high speed synch to learn how this would work on these subjects - some of these images can be viewed in the preceding photographic panels. The 1Ds camera introduces noise into the image at this setting but what I found fairly amazing was that I couldn’t see much difference between a 3200 ISO file when compared to 1000 ISO for example. I was impressed... However, the files still require some smoothing as they are noisy, especially the background, so any viewed here at this setting have been treated in some fashion.

Palamedes (top) & Giant Swallowtail (bottom right) Butterflies in flight - Canon 1Ds Mark III, 1/1000 second @ f/16, ISO 3200 at 840mm with flash

Palamedes & Giant Swallowtails

I have a considerable archive of dragonfly shots these days also, many of these photographed in the Savannah area. I wished to add to this group and was eager to put my new equipment to task in an attempt to see how it compared to previous outings. Fitz of course, was up for this as well so he, Doug and I discussed where best to go to accommodate this effort. Before we were through I was pleased with the collective image group from our field time.

Carolina Anole in transition - 1Ds Mark III, 1/800 second @ f/16, ISO 800 at 840mm with flash
Carolina Anole

Here Come the Dragonflies...

Great Blue Skimmer Immature male Great Blue Skimmer - Canon 1Ds Mark III, 1/2500 second @ f/8, ISO 3200 at 840mm with flash

Adult male Banded Pennant - Canon 1Ds Mark III, 1/640 second @ f/10, ISO 640 at 840mm with flash
Banded Pennant

Great Blue Skimmer - Canon 1Ds Mark III, 1/1000 second @ f/8, ISO 3200 at 840mm with flash

Great Blue Skimmer

Great Blue Skimmers - Wheel Position Dragonfly/Damselfly reproduction and associated behavior is unique among the animal world but universal within their species with some minor variations. Fitz explained much of this in detail to us which left me duly impressed with his erudition on the subject - Yikes!. Doug on the other hand thought we should buy Fitz some golf clubs or something so he’d get out more to create other avenues of interest...

Great Blue Skimmers in the Wheel Mating Position - Canon 1Ds Mark III, 1/200 second @ f/16, ISO 3200 at 840mm with flash

Female Eastern Pondhawk - Canon 1Ds Mark III, 1/250 second @ f/16, ISO 3200 at 840mm with flash

Eastern Pondhawk

One warm Georgia mid-morning (downright hot to me) as Doug, Fitz and I were driving around in my pickup on a photography junket, Fitz indicated he needed to buy some batteries for his hearing aids. So we left The Landings and drove to the nearby general store so he could make his purchase. Fitz is always prepared and makes certain he has sufficient power before we get out in the middle of wherever to learn there could be an issue... As stated it was hot – I remained in the truck with the air conditioner blasting before we moved on to the next photographic site. As we left the parking area and entered the roadway, there was a border of grass with a sidewalk that ran down to a lagoon. I noticed a dragonfly perched on a stem and pulled over to take a look. To Doug and I this was just another perched insect, but to Fitz it was an entirely different matter... I could tell by his excitement that this find must be unusual so we all got out with our cameras to investigate further. The end result of this activity was that we’d found and imaged a Banded Pennant dragonfly, apparently an addition to the Chatham County list and Fitz was more than pleased. The following statement was excerpted from an email Fitz sent out that evening announcing the find:
“Our find today of the Banded Pennant will be added to the Chatham list. Good spotting Kirk.
From here, to the end of time, it will be known as, ‘Kirk's Skidaway Banded Pennant’.”

Being famous has proven difficult at times with all the well-wishers & public interest but I’ve been able to handle the celebrity fairly well to date ...

Banded Pennant - Canon 1Ds Mark III, 1/500 second @ f/10, ISO 1000 at 840mm
Banded Pennant

Female Halloween Pennant - Canon 1Ds Mark III, 1/250 second @ f/10, ISO 640 at 840mm with flash

Halloween Pennant

Male Halloween Pennant - Canon 1Ds Mark III/600mm f/4L lens extended to 840mm, 1/400 second @ f/8, ISO 1000 with flash

Halloween Pennant

Halloween Pennants - Wheel Position Halloween Pennant Dragonflies in the Wheel Mating Position - Canon 1Ds Mark III/600mm f/4L lens extended to 840mm, 1/320 second @ f/16, ISO 1000 with flash

Blue Dasher - Canon 1Ds Mark III/600mm f/4L lens extended to 840mm, 1/1000 second @ f/16, ISO 1000 with flash

Blue Dasher

Brown Thrasher Yes - I recognize this isn’t a dragonfly but this Brown Thrasher – the state bird of Georgia, was frolicking about near where the Banded Pennant was photographed. I moved my tripod over to close the distance and took a few exposures on this bird. Although there are many of these around, obtaining a good image isn’t always easy as they often don’t break cover.

Brown Thrasher - Canon 1Ds Mark III, 1/320 second @ f/10, ISO 640 at 840mm with flash

Four-Spotted Pennant - Canon 1Ds Mark III/600mm f/4L lens extended to 840mm, 1/400 second @ f/10, ISO 1000 with flash

Four-Spotted Pennant

I’m often asked about the value of using fill flash in the type of shooting I do. It wasn’t all that long ago that I really wasn’t particularly interested in using flash. This was mostly because it adds a degree of awkwardness to one’s system in the field to transport with an extender as in bird photography. However, I have come to recognize the benefit this can add to an image and I’ll always use one of my flash heads off camera on my tripod mounted system. I’ve attempted using a flash and extender on my handheld system but have given this up as too weighty and awkward to use and carry. Fill flash brings out the color of the subject far beyond an image shot in natural light will in most cases like in the forest for example. I’ve found this to be the case especially with subjects like warblers and dragonflies. You won’t require a flash extender for insect shots because of the need to close the working distance but much depends on your equipment and site conditions.

Male Needham's Skimmer - Canon 1Ds Mark III, 1/1000 second @ f/16, ISO 1000 at 840mm
Needham's Skimmer

I wish to close out this section with an image I believe may be of interest as somewhat unusual... It’s a dragonfly photograph although not obtained on Skidaway Island; this was taken in the South Carolina Low Country on my return trip north. When I reviewed the image files from this stop I was quite pleased and would like to share this photograph here. If you’re a nature photographer and have ever attempted to image a dragonfly in flight you may appreciate this digital capture...

Carolina Saddlebags in flight

Canon 1Ds Mark III/600mm f/4L lens extended to 840mm, 1/500 second @ f/5.6, ISO 640 with flash

Carolina Saddlebags in flight

Carolina Wren When Fitz and I returned to his house one afternoon we found this Carolina Wren in his backyard doing some kind of antics on his covered grill...
Canon 5d/400mm f/5.6L lens, 1/1000 second @ f/8, ISO 400 handheld

I truly missed the camaraderie I’d shared with all my friends new and old upon my return to Maine. I’ve indicated to them previously that I don’t have anyone their equal at home to share my camera time and generally pursue these endeavors as an isolated adventure.

As I close out this photojournal of my time on Skidaway Island, I’d like to dedicate this humble effort to my Savannah friends and to Linda for bearing up so well under a long Maine winter in my absence.

Bill & Ms. Rosalie – I thank you profusely for all the kindness and consideration you so graciously exhibited during my time at The Landings as I came and went. Being ‘part of the family’ was interesting and I enjoyed spending time with the boys. Ms. Rosalie – I know you weren’t impressed when I stated Bill needed to come stay with us for a month or two in reciprocation, but he and all of you would be welcome again... My friends Bill & Rosalie Grotto

Kiro & Ms. Diana Fitz took this 40d image of Ms. Diana observing shorebirds as I was photographing the flock as they moved about. Getting out with master birder Diana Churchill is always fun and informative. Thanks for sharing your time and knowledge Diana...

My new found friend Hunter Kennedy turned out to be an interesting, articulate, knowledgeable fellow and a good photographer. Unlike some others who shall remain nameless, I actually believe there’s a good chance I may see Hunter in Maine at some point... Spending time in the field with you was great Hunter – Thanks!

My 5d image of Hunter on our field day in Clyo. I laughed when I re-opened this file – I’d entitled it, 'A Manly Man of Action'. Suitable however...
Hunter Kennedy

My friend Doug Herrick At left is one of my few images of Doug Herrick taken in April ’08 on one of our excursions. I believe it was to the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge when Fitz, Doug and were traveling together. Because we rarely document group members we got in the habit of taking a few people images now and then. This isn’t as simple as one may think; most of the time we shoot with long focal lengths so you require some distance from the subject unless you want a close up of somebody’s nose or similar... I do believe this image does well in capturing Doug's essence – he’s a good man.

I think so highly of Doug I could create a separate article just about him if I took the time. Although he hails originally from Massachusetts – you’d need to have an understanding of the Maine/Mass dynamic to be in on the joke, I consider him a good friend and photographic peer. We had many fun adventures together when I was in Georgia – even the day at Tybee Island when the photographic gear got washed out into the channel – excluding this incident - was a great day. I appreciate that you would take time away from your golf pursuits to get out with the camera Doug – thanks!

Last but far from least is my friend, the Bug Man of Skidaway Island - Fitz Clarke, viewed here in my shot doing what he likes best – photographing insects...

Fitz retired to The Landings with his spouse Ms. Becky after a lengthy career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He indicated he’d received his early photographic training from his days with the Bureau. All I can tell you is that spending time with Fitz is a real hoot and there is much about him I admire. I found him to be an affable, conscientious fellow and a photographer of outstanding merit. Thanks for your time and our shared adventures Fitz; it was a great deal of fun... I know I’ll have to return to Georgia if I ever wish to see your smiling face again after your comment about, 'never again going north of the Mason-Dixon Line'...
Fitz Clarke

Fitz Clarke - The Bug Man of Skidaway Island Kiro in the field photographed by Hunter Kennedy Doug & 'Prince' William Grotto at Tybee Island

Ms. Rosalie & Daniel Grotto - one of my favorite shots from Georgia Kiro at the camera - photograph by Ken Schmidt

I’ll miss all you folks as well as the many other wonderful people it was my pleasure to meet on Skidaway Island,
around Savannah or elsewhere in Georgia. I look forward to being in the area again whenever providence may permit it.

September 2008

A note about the photography...All images in this account are by the author. Any images viewed that are digitally framed and labeled have been added to my collection of works for sale. These are displayed when at shows and events either packaged on foam core, professionally framed or ArtiPlaq™ mounted as a final for purchase. The web versions are nice, but a full resolution print significantly enhances the beauty of these images; all are ©2008 Photography by Kirk M. Rogers - any reproduction, publication or transmission of this content without the written consent of the author is prohibited. Please contact me should you have an interest in obtaining any of the images.

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