Photo Of The Day: The Gazebo at Duck


I’m such a sucker for this abandoned structure in the Currituck Sound at Duck, NC.  I must have taken a hundred shots at various angle at different times of the day and I still find myself drawn to it.  In its day, this offered a magnificent view of the Sound until a hurricane took out the walkway and the floor of the structure.  Amazingly, the roof has survived.  I can’t remember if it was Hurricane Isabel or Irene.  This is taken in late afternoon light in mid September.  Now, its left to the Sea Gulls.  Thanks for the look and have a great weekend.

Photo Of The Day: September at Duck

BloggedJust back from a week at Duck/Southern Shores on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  I was blessed with phenomenal weather despite or perhaps, in spite of the weather prognosticators who kept predicting a washout.  I think I spent more time out with the cameras this time than I ever have; out twice a day roaming the banks for hours on end.  I filled up three 16 Gb SD cards and two compact flash cards.  With weather like I had, it was hard not to snap a keeper.  This is the dawn on the beach at Duck September 15th.  Sorry for the tilted horizon. Too much Blue Moon Beer.


New Camera from Nikon

Nikon has released the D750,  supposedly the replacement for the legendary D700 which was released years ago.  I loved the D700 and while the new camera has most of the bells and whistles one would expect in a professional/consumer level camera, the non-pro body left me cold.   I passed on it then along comes B and H Photo Video in New York where I buy much of my photography gear with a terrific deal on a factory refurbished Nikon D800E.  It was too good to pass up so I traded in my faithful D700.  Nikon’s advertising for the D800E was to the effect that “you’re going to shoot everything all over again.”  I believe it.  The resolution is mind blowing.  I’m already thinking about a return to Duck to reshoot everything.

Thanks for the look in and have a great week ahead.

Photo of The Day: Incoming

Incoming Posted to flickr April 14, 2013 bloggedThe ocean heads for high tide on the beach at Duck, North Carolina.

For me, September has always marked the start of a new year much more so than January.  Vacation season is over for most,  kids are heading back to classes,  the weather begins to change, the politicians start with their nasty campaign ads hoping to go back for another go at screwing everything up and so on and so on.  For us here,  it signals the end of another long, hot, summer growing season and we get to relax a bit so I’m heading for the Outer Banks.  I usually have been able to get a way for a few days to the coast during the summer  but not this year. I’m overdue.  Many acquaintances to renew.   I’m taking the cameras and if the weather offers up a little cooperation,  I’ll get some shooting in.  It’s pretty stormy here in Eastern NC and it appears the nastiness will carry over into next week.   If so, I’m prepared.  I’ll nurse the single malt and finish up the two books that have gotten tired sitting on my nightstand.  I’m nearing the age, what ever that is, where the thought of just declaring myself old and staying home till the long snooze kicks in flashes in my mind sort  of like a lightning bug blinking in the summer evening.  Then finally, fall arrives, I head to Duck and the recharge begins.  There’s internet where I go but I purposely don’t hook up.  No distractions. Just a good, complete recharge.  See you late next week maybe with some decent shots.  In the meantime,  Happy New Year.

Photo Of The Day: Premonition

Premonition Posted to flickr September 2, 2014Dawn breaks in Twilight Field,  so named because the dawn looks like a sunset looks like Sunsets.  The colors and the clouds offer hints that perhaps Autumn is not that far away.  Thanks for the look and have a great evening.

Photo Of The Day: Dawn in Twilight Field

Dawn In Twilight Field  Posted to Flickr August 25, 2014

If this looks incredibly muggy and humid to you it was.  I had an Aunt in Virginia who said days like this were “close” and you know, it’s true.  It was close like being crammed in a room with no air.   It reminded me of a James Brown concert I went to in May of 1968 at American University.  It was scheduled to be an outdoor concert but rain forced it inside.   3 thousand of us crammed inside a gym.  James Brown wasn’t the only one sweating.  Within a few minutes, I was totally soaked.  Dripping wet.  I peeled off my shirt and told Tracey, who was with me   “We might as well have stayed in the rain”.   It was probably the most miserable concert I have ever been to.   The field on this particular morning was just about as miserable.   Stay cool if you can.  Thanks for the look and have a great Holiday.


Photo Of The Day: Fall Preview


It was actually chilly in the fields this morning.  The haze was gone.  The heat took a vacation.  It was a welcome preview of October.  It won’t last.  We’ll head back into the 90’s by the weekend but this really did bolster my spirits.  This view is to the Northwest.  That’s one of the barns here in the distance.  The little specs of yellow in the foreground are cotton blooms which will soon pollinate themselves, turn pink then fall off as the cotton boll is formed.  Nikon D600/ 18-35mm. Thanks for the look and have a good week.