Photo Of The Day: Cherry Blossoms


Cherry Blossoms here on the farm on a very windy day.  Given the conditions, I had little choice but to use Shutter Priority Mode for this shot.  I dialed up the shutter speed to either 1/400 or 1/500 for this shot which was enough to grab these blowing blooms with a reasonable degree of sharpness. Waiting another day was not an option. We’re expecting a very hard freeze tonight.  The weather people are evening forecasting a good chance of snow flurries overnight. April first is our average last day for a hard freeze here on the coast so I suspect, I hope, this will be winter’s last stand.  It’s not leaving without a fight.  Thanks for the look and have a great weekend.

Photo Of The Day: First Quarter


These low hanging clouds rolled in off the ocean just in time this morning to catch the sun’s rays from below the horizon. Blazing, brilliant red and cross my throat and hope to choke I have not messed with the saturation in post.  Quite a show with the first quarter moon hanging up in the clear blue above.  Every morning for the past few days has been an extravaganza of color.  It’s worth getting up for.   Shot this with a D800E and a 24 mm lens.  No filters.   Have a great week ahead everybody and thanks for the look.

Photo Of The Day: Pink Clouds


It’s the time of year when we really get the best pre-dawn skies.  Probably something to do with the clouds, the warmer air and the cold ground or vice versa.  This one has the look of an artist who has dabbed pink highlights on the gray clouds that had moved in from the ocean to the east. Of course the sky is the star of the show.  There’s nothing but the stubble of last year’s cotton crop on the ground.  When it looks like this though, the sky is enough I think.  Have a great weekend everybody and thanks for the look.

Nikon D600/ 35mm lens.

Photo Of The Day: Return of the Daffys

A cloud of daffys  Posted to flickr March 5, 2015

I think this little patch of Daffys decided to make a grand appearance now because they sort of knew they would be the star of the show, everything else being so drab, dead and crummy looking.  Even the Camellias seem to have tossed in the towel and wait until next year.  Who knew Daffys were so vain they probably think this blog post is about them.  Of course it is.  I’m glad to see them. They’ve pulled me out of the black hole of winter and given me faith that spring is waiting to make a grand entrance.  So here’s to the Daffy’s!  Cheers!

Keep the faith everybody. Better Times are coming.

Photo Of The Day: Carolina Chickadee


For the longest time, we had very few birds fluttering around here then when the rare snow smothered everything, they all came out looking for yummy black oil sunflower seeds.  This little Carolina Chickadee is banging away at his while holding it against a limb.  I fired off about 10 shots with my D3X and managed to get several keepers.  I’ve found the easiest way to get a shot of these very fast little birds is to wait until after they crack their seed and eat it.  They will always look up and pause for a nanosecond before darting back to the ground to pick up another one. Click on the photo for the large view.

Thanks for the visit and have a great week ahead.


Photo Of The Day: Iced In Junko


Another shot from the recent ice storm here.  This Dark Eyed Junko was waiting to dart down to the ground below this River Birch Tree where I had spread a healthy amount of  black oiled sunflower seeds.  I was maybe 10 feet away in a makeshift bird blind with a Nikon D7100 fitted with a 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G lens.  I use the D7100 for most bird photography I do because of the crop factor involved in using a full frame lens on the small sensor camera. I’ve tried the Nikon 18-300mm but find the 70-300 far sharper.

The ice lingered for about a day until warmer temperatures brought more rain. What the Northeast has gotten in snow, we have gotten in rain. Eastern North Carolina to the coast is a virtual swamp because of the nonstop rain so other than during the ice event, I haven’t been out much working instead on a backlog of images.  I’m hoping for a dry spring but it seems unlikely. Thanks for the look and have a good week.