Photo Of The Week: Nor’Easter

The Sea Oats on the Barrier Dunes bend South as near gale force winds buffet the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

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After multiple attempts to get the light on the ocean  where I wanted it, I finally came close to what I had visualized.  Of course, if you’re like me, you’re never satisfied and so you keep going back time and again for the perfect shot.  I’m not sure I can do any better than this.  But,  I’ll keep trying.

Particulars:  Nikon D750 Camera, 24-120 f/4 lens.   Shot with manual exposure, f/8 at 1/640, center weight metering, auto white balance, focal length 65mm.  No filters. I used a Slik tripod for the shot.

My thanks to those who stop by for a look. I appreciate your taking the time.  See you next time if not before.

Photo Of The Week: Back To the Birds

Big Snow storms in Eastern North Carolina are rare but this time around, the TV weather readers were pretty convincing with all their dopplers, models and statistics. Rain, they said, would turn to freezing rain as the temperature dropped.  Then sleet would pile on followed by snow.  In all, two to four inches would accumulate before the storm petered out.  Doesn’t sound like much but 4 inches here is a pretty big deal.  Snow removal here is the month of July.  I’m an aging radio news veteran from the days when news on the radio was actually quite the norm and I remember well the hype that kicks in when snow appears in a weather forecast, but this time, even I bought in.  I rushed out and bought five gallons of gasoline for our generator.  Freezing rain almost always means power outages in the rural area where I live.

The gasoline went in my truck.  The storm fizzled.  We had maybe a trace of snow and sleet but that was it.  No eye popping winter vistas.  So, I ventured down to my makeshift bird blind and spent the day with the birds.

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A little snow on the River Birch Tree would have been a nice enhancement but you dance with what brung ya.  A sack of sunflower seeds scatterred on the ground around the trees always works and soon the Cardinals and the Gold Finches et al were grabbing them and flying into the tree to crack the shells and munch away.  So I got some pretty decent shots.  One or two might find their way onto my web site.  Not bad for plan B.

Here’s the gear list on these shots:  Nikon D750, 70-300mm telephoto, Aperture Priority, Spot Metering, f/11, iso 200.  Slik tripod.  See you next time.

 

Photo Of The Week: Better Days

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These have been tough times in Eastern North Carolina.  Hurricane Matthew has brought more than a week of misery.  First, there was the storm surge, the rain, and now the floods.  We had been very lucky here since 2011 when Hurricane Irene came calling.  Matthew changed all that.  It was the storm that wouldn’t leave.  For us, it was the rain.  None of us here on the farm had ever experienced anything like it.  We had well over a foot of rain here between last Friday and Sunday morning.  None of us were surprised at news the Neuse River through nearby Kinston would flood.  What surprised us was word that it would top the record flooding triggered by Hurricane Floyd in 1999.  It did. The river topped out just short of 30 feet. All of the bridges into the city were shut down cutting off access to the city.  The main east west highway through the area, US 70 was shut down for miles.  The flooding reach as far west as Raleigh.  Interstate 95 was flooded out in several areas.    The rivers are cresting now and  flood levels will slowly recede but in so doing, all that water is making its way into the sounds along the coast triggering more flooding.  Things will eventually get better . The beautiful sunrises have already returned along the North Carolina coast but the effects of Hurricane Matthew will be with us for years to come. Have a good week ahead everybody and be safe. 

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: Iced!

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We always get ice!  Seldom any snow.  Just ice!  The freezing rain started just after dark last evening.  By this morning, an estimated 1/4 to 1/2 inch of ice covered everything including, of course, the power lines.  How we escaped a power outage is beyond me.  There’s so much ice on the lines, you’d think the electricity would just freeze up.  Big ole Lob lolly Pine trees buckled.  Two just gave up and toppled over.  Huge limbs littered the driveway into the farm like some tornado had ripped through.  The Beach Road looks like the Polar Expressway.  Our Camellia Beds had the look of frozen spinach.  That’s a photograph of it above.  When I got up this morning,  I rolled out the portable generator and chanced a two mile drive to a gas station to pick up 5 gallons. It was slow going, never going over 20 miles an hour. Yes, I have four wheel drive.    I never ever think to lay in gas the night before.  Why is that?   I haven’t had to use it.  So far so good.  Tonight, no precipitation but the deep freeze has an encore.    Maybe some snow tomorrow the weather gurus say.   I’ve always had a suspicion the weather people are in cahoots with the grocery stores to share in the bread and milk bounty when the nasty stuff closes in.  I whine.  Thank you Lord for not making us Boston. Stay warm……and safe.

Merry Christmas and To All a Good Night

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The Bluebirds were all snug in their nests as a surprise Holiday Snowstorm visited the farm some years ago.  Today, just cold rain, high winds and a thunderstorm or two.  Not a good day to be traveling.  Hope you and your loved ones have a safe trek to wherever you are headed.  Best Wishes for a joyous Christmas and a marvelous New Year.

Photo Of The Day: After The Storm

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From what I hear, “Arthur” was rather kind to us here in North Carolina.  Aside from power outages,  the expected beach erosion, some buckled pavement,  minor damage to some homes and docks,  we appear to have escaped with no major damage and no loss of life.  I was quite surprised this morning when I went out for a look around.  We had gotten hammered big time by Hurricane Irene three years ago with which “Arthur” had been compared.  I think the strongest impact was felt just to the right of the eye which passed right over Beaufort on the Bogue Banks and on the Outer Banks, just south of Kitty Hawk. So we have something to celebrate today in addition to Independence Day.  Happy 4th Everybody.  Have a Large Weekend!

Nikon D700/ 24mm lens.