My name is Larry Maras.
I’m a retired USMC veteran living in Summerville, SC. My hobby is nature photography, specifically birds. I hunted waterfowl and upland game for almost 50 years. I still hunt; but now with a camera. The skills I learned during that time are invaluable in the pursuit of wild birds to photograph.
Photography has been a hobby of mine since I was a teenager. It used to be an expensive, and sometimes frustrating hobby. Buy a 36 image roll of film, take the shots, wait for it to get developed only to find none of them were worth keeping.
Digital Photography changed all that. Suddenly, you didn’t need to buy film , you could see the results instantly, and you could process the images yourself. If one–or all of them–didn’t turn out, just delete them. Wow. That’s when I got serious about this hobby.
I lived in Minnesota for many years until moving to South Carolina to retire. While I was involved in photography up north, the opportunities were nothing like they are down here. Coastal South Carolina is teeming with wild birds at all times of the year. I live 10 minutes from a fantastic place for birding, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. It abounds with Herons, Egrets, and many other types of wading birds as well as raptors and smaller birds like Warblers, Vireos and Buntings.
I also live close to an area called the ACE Basin, so named for the confluence of three rivers: Ashepoo, Combahee, and Edisto. It is 350,000 acres of one of the largest undeveloped estuaries along the Atlantic Coast. It is also one of the best birding areas in South Carolina.
My current gear consists of a Nikon D4 full frame DSLR and a Nikon 200-500mm telephoto lens.
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