Late Summer Sunflowers

These were planted in late July instead of late June which had been the normal practice here.  Other than extending the blooming season, it probably made little difference.  There’s no maintenance involved.  You plant the seeds and Mother Nature does the rest.  These Van Goghs lasted right on into September.  A nice lead-in to fall!  Thanks for looking and have a good week.  See you next time.

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Photo of The Week: Big Blow

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I’m guessing the wind was gusting up to 50 mph.  I was crouched on top of the barrier dunes at Southern Shores, North Carolina and even with my tripod planted in the sand, it was hard to keep the camera steady.  The sea oats  and  the ocean tell the story.  This was the first Tropical Storm/ Hurricane I had ridden out on the coast since the 70’s.  It was a sobering experience.  Nikon D3X  24mm lens.   Have  a good week and thanks for the look.

 

 

Photo Of The Day: The Dark Cloud at Dawn

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The rising sun still below the horizon signals its imminent arrival on a huge dark cloud coming in off the ocean.  The red sky at dawn was a sure warning this time.  We had another tropical downpour. Several inches Sunday.  Nikon D800e camera. Nikon 18-35mm lens. Thanks for the visit and have a great week ahead.  

Photo of The Day: Reeds at Dawn

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It happens often.  I will spend a lot of time scouting out a shooting angle or position and wait for the right light and its a bust.  Then I’ll just see something like the reeds above in the wetlands here on the farm and shoot it on the spur of the moment without so much as a second thought and bingo, it seems to all come together.  Perhaps Photography is a lot like hitting in baseball.  As the great Yogi Berra who passed away this week at the age of 90 said once,  “You can’t think and hit at the same time.”  I get it Yogi.   Rest In Peace.

Photo Of The Day: The Path To the Ocean

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Another shot from the Land’s End set taken on the Southern Outer Banks at Emerald Isle. It’s a pretty good hike from the road.  As I’ve said before, the beaches are incredibly wide here.  It was a hot, clear day which of course is lousy for photography. This shot was taken with an ISO of about 50 or lower. I’m Planning a return trip after Labor Day when the crowds thin out.

Nikon D800E with a 24mm lens.

Thanks for the drop in. See you next time.

Photo Of The Day: First Glimpse

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The sun peeks over the ocean at Kitty Hawk on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Its been something of a false spring here in Eastern North Carolina of late.  Very chilly temperatures in the mornings and not a great deal of warmup as the day progresses.  I made the mistake of overdoing it on one of the rare warm days, yanking a muscle in my upper left arm while clearing brush so its been heating pad city for me for the past several days.  When you’re 70 it takes a little longer to reset.  Better days ahead I hope.  Thanks for the look and have a good week everybody.

Photo Of The Day: Iced In Junko

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Another shot from the recent ice storm here.  This Dark Eyed Junko was waiting to dart down to the ground below this River Birch Tree where I had spread a healthy amount of  black oiled sunflower seeds.  I was maybe 10 feet away in a makeshift bird blind with a Nikon D7100 fitted with a 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G lens.  I use the D7100 for most bird photography I do because of the crop factor involved in using a full frame lens on the small sensor camera. I’ve tried the Nikon 18-300mm but find the 70-300 far sharper.

The ice lingered for about a day until warmer temperatures brought more rain. What the Northeast has gotten in snow, we have gotten in rain. Eastern North Carolina to the coast is a virtual swamp because of the nonstop rain so other than during the ice event, I haven’t been out much working instead on a backlog of images.  I’m hoping for a dry spring but it seems unlikely. Thanks for the look and have a good week.