Skimming the waves

Exploring my South Carolina photos once again, I realized something else that makes me feel peaceful and relaxed – birds in flight!  While walking the beach, we were always on the lookout for pelicans because I was determined to record their grace and beauty.  There’s something about watching pelicans effortlessly soar through the air, skimming just above the tops of the waves, that makes me smile and wonder what it would be like to fly alongside them.

This is not the greatest quality shot, but it shows perfectly how close to the waves they actually get.  I wonder if it’s a game that they play?  Looks like fun to me :).

Pelicans in flight

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31 Responses to Skimming the waves

  1. dogear6 says:

    We saw a few – not many – pelicans last fall when we went to Charleston. I’d not seen them outside a zoo before and I really enjoyed seeing them. Your picture turned out really well for how short a time you had to set up and snap. They’re clear and crisp and so is the water.


    • I know, I was fascinated by any type of bird that we don’t see at home, even the little sandpipers trotting along the beach. And you’re right – there wasn’t much time to get ready for these type of shots because they fly over really quickly, so I was pleased that it turned out as well as it did. Thanks :).

  2. krikitarts says:

    Of course it’s a game! Wouldn’t you play? I sure would! Ah, to be able to fly like that–I’ve dreamed of it all of my life!

  3. dorannrule says:

    I love it! I always loved pelicans anyway because when they are still, they are such ungainly kinda ugly but cute fellas. But when they fly, they are as graceful as the wind. Great shot!

    • You hit the nail on the head Dor!! I got some awesome shots of a pelican in Florida a few years back sitting on a post at a marina, and it was hard to believe that it was the same creature gliding above us at the beach in South Carolina. It was so amazing how close to the water they got – I kept waiting for one of them to screw up and crash in the waves. LOL! Thanks my friend!!

  4. benzeknees says:

    Wow, your pics are so clear, I can tell right away these are pelicans!

  5. TBM says:

    Oh wouldn’t that be grand if we could play like that!

  6. I’d like to dive right into that picture.
    Wonderful shot Cindy.

  7. bulldog says:

    I wonder if they are not using an updraft caused by the wave to glide along… love the photo it’s a good capture…

  8. beckyday6 says:

    Wow, that’s such a cool alignment! Very impressive. 🙂

  9. One of my favorite things to do is to watch these guys fly…amazing….nice capture!

    • Thanks Suzanne!! It must have been funny for passersby listening to Mike and I. We would be walking along the beach and all of a sudden one of us would be yelling, “Quick, here come the pelies!! Get the camera ready!” We had so much fun there :). I’ve been meaning to ask you Suzanne. Which state do you live in? Maybe we’ll be in your neck of the woods sometime :).

  10. Phil Lanoue says:

    That’s great! I always enjoy watching these big guys skim the waves!

    • Thanks Phil! I’ll bet I could do a lot better though if I had some wildlife photography lessons from the pro – you! 🙂 Next time I’m in South Carolina I’m going to have to look you up.

  11. Once dated a guy whose nickname was Pelican– he flew too close to the waves.

  12. You got on the right way to post idea on your nice blog, after reviewing some of your post and I like it

  13. Shutterbug Sage says:

    So beautiful and calming! I want to go there!

    • OK, we will make South Carolina part of our drive around the US ok? LOL

      • Shutterbug Sage says:

        Oh, heck yeah! We have 48 states and a lot of provinces to work into our adventures!

      • benzeknees says:

        Make sure you don’t forget those provinces! There are a lot of Canadians up here who want to be included in this mystery tour.

      • Shutterbug Sage says:

        I haven’t spent NEARLY as much time as I’d like in Canada. (I’ve only been to Vancouver and Toronto.) If we can start by the hot summer months of July and August, we can begin the magical RV mystery tour up north! 🙂

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