The Cotton Field



Time was, the crop dusters would fly in to spray the crop  in order to defoliate it.  Now, most growers just let nature take its course and that was the case here. The cold nights have taken care of the cotton foliage without chemicals being applied,  and the cotton is ready for harvest.

Harvest time comes with its own drama.  The Autumn along with the cooler temperatures ushers in spectacular cloud formations and they change quickly.  These shots were all taken on the same morning within a 15 minute span.  Thanks for the look and have a good week.  See you next time.

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.

Photo of The Week: Big Blow


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


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.