Prime Time for the Rhododendrons

First Cousins to the Azalea, the Rhododendrons always blom on the heels of their heels making them sort of a grand finale of spring.  The super heat of summer is just around the corner here and with it, the Sunflowers. All shots with a Nikon D750 with a 24-120mm f/4 lens.  Thanks for stopping by and have a good week ahead.  See you next time.

The Annual Sour Grass Invasion

If you grew up in the rural southeastern United States, you might remember putting a sprig of this in your mouth and puckering up.  The official name of this wild grass is Red Sorrels but it’s more popular name is Sour Grass or Dog Grass.  Old timers say its acid taste was used to quench thirst when working in the fields.  I look forward to seeing it every spring for the red color it paints the farm landscape.

Don’t get too carried away with the acid taste of Sour Grass, though.  To much of it can make you quite sick. My advice, just take a shot of it.  No filters on these shots which were taken with a Nikon D750 camera and a Nikon 16-35mm f/4 lens, which in my opinion rivals Nikon’s f2.8/ 24-70mm in sharpness and is light years cheaper. Thanks for looking and have a good week ahead.  See you next time.

Photography as Therapy

It’s hard to describe the feeling that washes over you when you realize you are the last of your immediate family still standing.  It’s not a case of depression or constant sadness.  It’s more like an emptiness.   All of this introspection followed the death of my sister several weeks ago at the age of 81.  June had had a remarkable career on stage and screen and when she retired in the mid-70’s, she took up painting and photography.  We were quite close despite the difference in age.  June was 8 1/2 years older than I. But art and photography have no age restrictions and we were constantly running ideas and such by one one another.  Her death ultimately motivated me to make the most of what time I have left.  What better place to start than the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  I know of no place that recharges me like the beach.  These are just a few of the more than 150 photographs I have taken in the past week.


I’m already planning trips to different section of the Northern and Southern Outer Banks.  There’s a lot to see in America’s Longest Park.  Thank you for stopping by and having a look. I hope to see you next time.

Spring II

The Big Show is now in full bloom with Azaleas, Dogwoods and Tulips, and Lenten Roses coming on Stage.

And the Rhododendrons are waiting in the wings.  All shots with Nikon D750 and 24-120mm f/4.

Thanks for looking.  I will be away next weekend to participate in a Memorial Service for my sister, June Allison Harding who died in Maine at the age of 81.


Top photo, white Dogwood. shot with Nikon D700 and Nikkor 70-200mm f/4, Formosa Azalea shot with Nikon D750 and Nikkor 16-35mm f/4, Forsythia Nikon D750, Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 and lastly, Pear blossoms shot with Nikon D700 and Nikkor 60 mm f/2.8.  Thanks for visiting and have a great week ahead.  See you next time.

Spring At The Beach

It’s the best of both worlds really.  Warmer weather and still very few people around. Three more shots from the Southern Outer Banks of North Carolina.

All shot between sunrise and 8:30AM.  Nikon D800E, 16-35 f/4 lens. Thank you very much for the look-in and have a good week ahead.  See You Nex Time!

Back To The Beaches

I finally got back to the beach this past weekend. It was my first visit since January and my first use of a new lens, the 16-35mm Nikon f/4.  A few quick images just processed.

The 16-35mm is light years sharper than my old 18-35.  In fact, it ranks right up there with the 24-120mm f/4 as the sharpest lenses in my bag.  If you shop around, you can find a used version in like new condition far cheaper than the price for a new one. More shots next time. Thanks for looking and have a good week ahead.