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.
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.
Sunrise as viewed from the top of the barrier dunes at Southern Shores. The view is toward Kitty Hawk just down the beach. Looks like we’re in for an end of season Tropical Storm ore more likely, a hurricane. Hopefully it will veer to the northwest and deal us just a glancing blow. Always the weather here. Thanks for the look and have a great evening.
Sea Oats seem to have some magnetic power over me. I find myself forever drawn to them when I am out on the beach with a camera. It was no different on this particular morning. The bright morning sun and the golden hues of the sea oats proved irresistible. No filters on this one, just the Nikon D700 with a 24-120mm f/4 lens.
By the way, If you have owned a D700 as I have since the camera was released in 2008, you’ll be pleased to know Nikon has finally heard our pleas and is releasing an update. To be called the D750, it is set to be announced later this month or early next. Resolution doubles to 24mp with a faster frames per second shooting speed and hopefully the top of the line Nikon Auto Focus system.
The unmistakable buzz of Crop Dusters was back this weekend, a sure sign the season’s early cotton is maturing. The planes loaded with defoliant swoop, down strafing the fields with the chemicals to defoliate the plants leaving only the stalk and the boll of cotton. Its the final step in a cycle that begins with a white or pale yellow flower which then pollinates itself and turns a bright pink before the maturing boll pushes the flower off and cracks open revealing the cotton fiber inside. The boll then matures and opens revealing what most of us think of when we see cotton, the white cotton puffs like one sees in the drug store. We’re always late planting cotton so our crop has not yet finished the pollination stage. The Crop Dusters won’t be buzzing us until late September and often harvest only comes just after New Years. So for now, we have lush green fields dotted with pink cotton flowers just as you see above. Have a lovely Sunday and thanks for the visit.
Back on the farm for this one. The mornings have gotten a bit cooler and a few clouds have started floating in at dawn generating some nice hues. It’s a nice change from the summer norm of cloudless skies and haze. This shot in what we call the High Field where cotton is planted. The plants are now about 3 to 4 feet tall with the leaves a very deep green. Makes for a nice match with the golden tones in the morning sky. Have a great evening and thanks for the visit. .
From September of last year. Meantime, the nonstop string of cars, trucks and campers loaded with all things beach clog the beach road heading in both directions. The goers and comers have one more month, then the all clear signal will go up and I’ll head back to renew old acquaintances. Hope you have a great Sunday. And thanks for the look.