Photo Of The Day: Iced In Junko

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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.

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.

Photo Of The Day: The Mother of All Cold Fronts

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A fast moving front, this one enveloped the area in about ten minutes, blasting its way to the ocean with winds clocked here on the farm at 50-55 miles an hour. I had trouble standing to take the shot.    The temperature in advance of the front was in the low 60’s and by the time is was through, it had plummeted to the low 40’s. Quite humbling. Thanks for the look and have a good week. Nikon D800E, 24-120 f/4 lens.

 

Photo Of The Day: Tranquility Base

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A front passing out to sea adds a little drama to the beach at Southern Shores.  Aside from the sea creatures, there wasn’t another living soul out and about on this afternoon, not even a Sandpiper. Just the muted roar of the ocean. Now if that isn’t a base for tranquility, I don’t know what is.  Have a great weekend everybody and thanks for the look.

Photo Of The Day: Sailor’s Warning

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The rain moved in that afternoon and it kept right on raining for the better part of the next five days. Depressing ain’t the word. Flash flood warnings went up across Eastern North Carolina and while we did not experience any flooding, the entire farm took on the look of a swamp.  Now, almost a week later with more rain on the way, we still have large puddles in the field.  Hope you are dry and comfy.  Have a great weekend and thanks for the look.

Nikon D800E/ 24-120 f/4 lens.