Photo of the Month

Every month our Coastal GEMs receive a Photo of the Month in their inboxes. We hope you enjoy these photos that capture this incredible place we call home and what we work to protect.

October 2022


These vibrant swallowtail butterflies took a quick pause from fluttering around just long enough for me to snap this photo at the Lewis Ocean Bay Heritage Preserve.


Why couldn’t the caterpillar get into the butterfly garden?

Because it didn’t have enough change.

September 2022

While peering through the tree trunks and clusters of drooping Spanish moss at the historic Magnolia Cemetery a couple of weeks back, I captured an anhinga peacefully perched on a low-hanging branch.

August 2022

Watching in awe on a boat a safe distance away, I snapped this quick photo of a Royal Tern gliding off the coast of Crab Bank bird sanctuary. For the first time since 2017, this restored island is thriving with nesting birds from oystercatchers to black skimmers and more, making for a beautiful and busy sight!

July 2022

A Yellow-billed Kite soars through the trees and over heads during my recent visit at the Center for Birds of Prey in Awendaw, while seemingly striking a pose for my camera. The second largest kite species in the world and a native to Sub-Saharan Africa, this bird of prey snatches food mid-flight and enjoys its meal in the air.

What type of bird works at a building site?

(a crane)

June 2022

Illuminating sun rays peek through a shaded canopy of live oaks at the Santee Coastal Reserve, showcasing a vibrant green undergrowth.

Do you want a brief explanation of what an acorn is?

(In a nutshell, it’s an oak tree)

May 2022

With brown and yellow skin and attitude filled eyes, this agile anole lizard spotted at the Caw Caw Interpretive Center sat still for a quick second, allowing this photo to be captured.

What do lizards put on their kitchen floors?


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