A Photographic Quest For The Perfect Shot!
Jul09

A Photographic Quest For The Perfect Shot!

Meet Jenny Hanna, a local artist and an up- and- coming photographer whose passion for getting a perfect shot is turning heads! You might say that Jenny has always been drawn to the outdoors and at an early age developed a great appreciation for the beauty that nature offers. Walking in the woods was part of everyday life growing up in the country in the small town of Johnsonville, SC and it instilled a deep desire to capture beautiful moments in unexpected places. Living on the South Carolina coast has been home for Jenny for the past 3 years,  so  instead of walking in the woods  she is stalking the local waters for that amazing photographic moment.  Her favorite subjects are  birds of the southeast Atlantic coast! Being a successful bird photographer is no easy task.  These amazing birds scare easily so being stealth and patient is key along with a great zoom lens!  Jenny never thought she would end up dressing in camo since she does not hunt, but when she is on the hunt for a great photo, that is exactly what she does.   Her fortitude and tirelessness come easy to her – anyone who can crochet, knit, or sew like Jenny must have the stick-to-itiveness and determination to capture a photo destined for canvas. There are so many wonderful places to photograph birds in the area, and Jenny canvasses the Inlet and the Garden City causeway for signs of birdlife.  Her most exciting shot was a Wood Stork in flight.  These “threatened” wading birds are always exciting to see and it is wonderful that they have been downgraded from endangered to threatened. A perfect day for Jenny includes a kayak trip through the channels of the inlet armed with her camera, and  always on alert for a bird in the marsh. ” I bring along my Rain Sleeves when I kayak just to make sure the splashing when I paddle doesn’t get my camera wet” she explains.  Great idea since she has an investment is her camera equipment.  She currently is using a Cannon XS 60 and she just ordered a Cannon EOS 80D which she is super excited about! When Jenny is not photographing birds, she is creating all kinds of art and crafts which she sells through her website,  midnightandmagnolias.com and her ETSY store page.  She is a skilled at  pyrography (wood burning) which she showcases on baking boards and wall art and creates other art such as paintings, crocheted purses, jewelry,  and so much more! So, if you see a lady dressed in camo stalking a coastal bird, it will probably be Jenny Hanna!...

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Farm Photos From My Pa Home
Jun05

Farm Photos From My Pa Home

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Secret Language of the Woods
Oct28

Secret Language of the Woods

One of the many reasons we retreat to the woods as often as we can to hunt is to be still surrounded by nature.  I am admitting today, on my last couple of hunts,  I brought my iPhone AND my iPad.    I like to keep in touch with my hubby so texting is important to me.    However, the iPad has been a big distraction.  I am sure I forgot some of the most basic fundamentals about hunting.  Though I was fortunate to harvest a buck on each of my last two hunts,  I may have missed out on some of  mysteries the woods has to offer and the secret language of the wildlife! Naturally,  I have had to stay off the phone and iPad until daylight so I don’t light up the blind. In the darkness, your other senses are peaked and without a doubt, it is best part about being in your stand as you listen to the woods awaken.  The owls are still screeching but as daylight starts to break, the crows start their shenanigans and slowly, the song birds start to sing.  The crows in particular intrigue me.  They love to shock call (a term used to describe the vocal reaction that happens when another bird calls out).  The other birds especially the turkeys repeat a call involuntarily.    When I watch the crows and observe them, I can’t figure out what they are really up to, but I am convinced they are causing some trouble.  They look to be busy bodies stirring up problems.    From their “birds eye” view, they know what is going on all around them and they are either alerting about predators  to their flock or they are giving up other species to the predators.  I can’t be sure about any of those thoughts, but they always seem to be in the thick of things in the woods.  Some say that they hate the turkeys and much of their carrying on is to annoy the turkeys.   They have such high energy and there are always 1 or 2 crows on the look out flying from tree top to tree top. When I put the iPad down, my imagination goes wild as I quiet my mind from the rapid pace of the internet.  The swirling of  the woodsy aroma from my Thermacell reminds me of my flower child days when burning incense was like breathing air. It takes me to my happy place as the light stream of  cedar smoke fills my stand.   My mind starts to wonder as I imagine what is going on behind those trees...

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A Place Where you want your Kids to go Wild!!!
May10

A Place Where you want your Kids to go Wild!!!

Wildlife Action Adventure Camps is just that place. My husband and I were lucky enough to take a tour of the Headquarters in Mullins, SC and I can tell you I wished I was a child again!  A distinctive Pioneer theme dominates the authentic grounds and you feel like you are back in time!   We were so impressed, we decided to become sponsors so that some deserving youngsters could enjoy a week at this amazing camp.  The rustic campground has everything a young person could dream of -all centered around the conservation and preservation of the beautiful outdoor environment and all that it has to offer.  Here is a glimpse of what the campers will experience at WLA: Fishing, swimming, and canoeing are favorites of many of the campers whom are referred to as Pioneers! But there is so much more.  This camp emphasizes outdoor eduction and every activity promotes awareness about the wildlife habitat and educating campers on the stewardship of the good earth.                                                          Camp would not be camp if there were not opportunities to learn about snakes!!  Horseback riding,  archery, gun safety, and skeet shooting (age appropriate) are all apart of the outdoor experience led by skilled and experienced instructors.  This camp is all about passing on to the next generation the 5 point laws for WLA:  education, values of preservation, conservation, sportsmanship, and fellowship.     I met campers who live for this camp each year and we have also met some that became counselors.  Learning about the delicate balance of nature through exploring the woods,  and planting trees and gardens and giving thanks for the natural resources we have.   Day camps are available for ages 6-11 starting in June and Overnight camps for ages 9-14 are available in July.  Please check out Wildlife Action Camp and get your pioneer away from their computer and off the couch and go this amazing camp . “Putting back more than we take!”    Share this:FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogleRedditLike this:Like...

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Rice & Ducks

If you are looking for a beautiful  full color coffee table book that keeps on giving, check out Rice & Ducks The Surprising Convergence that Saved the Carolina Lowcountry.    Written by Virginia Christian Beach, this exceptional book has recently been awarded the gold medal for Best Southeastern Non-Fiction Title in the 2015 Independent Publisher Book Awards competition. You will feel like you are reliving  history with this beautifully illustrated and  magnificently researched book that brings alive memorable colorful characters and a wealth of research on the history of rice cultivation and wildlife conservation. All proceeds from the sale of Rice & Ducks will go toward protection of the northern breeding grounds and protection of migratory bird habitat in the Carolina Lowcountry.  This will undoubtedly be one of your most prized books!  Order here:  http://shop.evepostbooks.com. Share this:FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogleRedditLike this:Like...

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