So Far, So good…..

Our farm in Southeastern North Carolina is about 45 air miles from the Atlantic. We’ve seen a lot of storms here. From Nor’easters to tornadoes to hurricanes.  Where most people check their  local weather every morning, we check in with the National Hurricane Center.  I’d been tracking Hurricane Irma since it formed up off Africa.   When it reached the Central Atlantic, with another storm, Jose, right behind it, we decided to get moving.  I spent about a week clearing out drainage ditches, preparing generators, stocking up on gasoline, non-perishable food…all the things on everyone’s Hurricane Prepare List.   Fittingly, perhaps, we’ve been getting a rash of nasty weather unrelated to Irma for the past couple of weeks. It served as a reminder to get ready for the big show IF……  As you might surmise, there hasn’t been a lot of time for photography other than a few shots of some rather dramatic sky shots in the fields, a taste perhaps of what might be ahead. 

I keep a two gallon zip lock freezer bag in my camera bag for rainy days and it got a nice workout for the shots in the cotton field taken during light rain.  I put the camera in the bag and close the bag until it is snug around the lens.  Works great.  Even though two of my cameras are water resistant according to Nikon, why take chances?

As it turned out, Irma stayed away from our coast, and so far, Jose has seen fit to dance around in the Atlantic just south of Bermuda.  I have little doubt there will be other storms before the long hurricane season is over at the end of November.  Just this morning, I noticed another suspect forming up off the coast of Africa.  As Mr. Berra said, “It ain’t over till it’s Over.”   Stay alert. Be Ready and above all Be Safe. See you next time.

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Photo Of The Week: New Beach

Top of the Dunes,  Lands End on the bogue Banks.

Taken from the top of the dune line at Land’s End on the North Carolina Bogue Banks, this is the southern terminus of the island chain that makes up the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The beach here was built by hurricanes and Northeaster storms over the past decade.  A very evident lesson in how nature is always changing.  Thanks for the look. see you next time.

Photo Of The Day: Sand Fences

Sand FencesSand Fences along the barrier dunes. On the Northern Outer Banks, they are usually positioned east west on the dunes to protect against Nor’Easters which in the normal course of events cause more damage to the beach and dunes than hurricanes.  I was attracted to these by the slant of the slats picking up the morning sun.  Lots of footprints but no people to be reckoned with this time of year.  Thanks for the look and have a great week.

Photo Of The Day: Stairway to Heaven

Steps BloggedThe beach at Kitty Hawk on a very sunny, hazy day.  These steps hanging  from over the top of the barrier dune give  you a pretty good idea of what storms do to the beach on the Outer Banks.   Generally speaking, Nor’Easters are worse than hurricanes in that regard because they take so much sand away with their constant grinding wind and surf.

I have an ulterior motive for posting this.  I’m hoping that through osmosis, this might trigger some better weather.  Hey you do what you can do right?  Eastern North Carolina has been blasted for the better part of two days now by wicked storms including quite a few tornadoes.  Lots of folks have been devastated and many growers have lost their livelihoods; strawberry growers in particular.  In that regard we’re quite blessed.  Hope better weather is greeting you this afternoon.  Thanks for the look and have a great evening.

Photo Of The Day: The Gazebo At Duck

Gazebo at Duck Posted to Flickr March 31, 2014The walkway to the Gazebo and the interior were victims of one of the more recent hurricanes that have blasted through here.  Might have been Irene. Now its just a landmark along the shore of the Currituck Sound. I must have waited for 15 or 20 minutes for the sun glow on the water to reach the point I wanted.  One of my better shots from the winter I think.  Nikon D600/ 24-120 f4 lens.

Lots of nasty weather blowing through here tonight. Time was, we only worried about Hurricanes here.  Now with the crazy weather, Tornadoes are becoming much more common.  There were several warnings this evening. It’s like somebody moved Kansas to North Carolina.  When did that happen?

Thanks for the look in and have a great weekend.